Firstly from this evening, you will notice that we have switched on video advertising. I know there have been complaints about the advertising before, but this will be a temporary measure for September due to a partner relevant to nearly all TLFL readers specifically wanting to advertise on video. To make the site less cluttered I have reduced the rest of the advertising to the minimum level allowed and removed the banner adverts.
White House comments on reopening after EU take US off safe list
Yesterday, as expected, the EU took the USA off their “safe list” after a rise in Covid cases due to the Delta variant. This is the latest in a battle to get transatlantic routes reopened. This reverses the decision in June, when the EU decided to allow US visitors to visit Europe. It was hoped that this would encourage Biden to do the same for Europe and the UK, but so far there has been no action. The ruling is not binding as EU countries can chose to make their own policies.
In response, the White House Press Secretary said that Biden administration is weighing a new policy on travel from Europe and elsewhere that would strengthen testing protocols (you already need a test to get in, so no idea what that means, or why you would apply more testing to some countries and not others). The US may try to ensure “foreign nationals who come to the United States are fully vaccinated, with limited exceptions,” she says. No decision has been made yet.
BA extend upgrade & companion vouchers
British Airways have not communicated it officially yet but after a tip off from a friend in my What’s app group (thanks!) I checked my Gold Upgrade voucher and Amex Companion voucher and they have both been extended for a further 6 months. Not everyone has had the update but it could be being done in batches. From what we can ascertain at the moment it appears to be for Gold Upgrade vouchers expiring in 2021 and for all Amex companion vouchers, though again this is not uniform across everyone’s accounts.
Have your vouchers been extended? Let us know in the comments below.
New Marriott promotion
It feels like forever since Marriott last had a promotion. Although I like certain aspects of having Marriott status, it’s definitely much harder to earn bonus points than with Hilton. Finally, they have launched a new promotion from 14 September but you can now register. My cynical view is that they waited until the main summer travel period was over as they didn’t need to incentivise travel during the peak period.
The promotion gives you 1,500 bonus points on each stay, plus 3,000 more points on stays at All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy™ resorts. These are mainly the former Elegant hotels group in Barbados which includes Waves and Colony Club which I have reviewed. Hopefully, I will be trying out a couple more of their hotels this year.