NEWS & OFFERS: BA pilots pay dispute, 20% off Mallorca Luxury Collection, and Gov don’t know if travel restrictions worked

British Airways captain at T5, London Heathrow, UK, 23 August 2011 (Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)

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BA Pilots pay dispute

Get 20 per cent off at Luxury Collection Hotel, Castillo Son Vida, in Mallorca

BA Executive Club has a special offer on the Castillo Hotel Son Vida in Mallorca with 20% off. I stayed last year and really enjoyed the hotel. You can read my review here. It’s adults only (for those 16+). It has beautiful views of the Bay of Palma, an outdoor swimming pool and bar,  and three golf courses. I liked that it was only a short taxi ride to Palma. So you get the benefits of a resort-type break with being able to pop into the city to enjoy some sightseeing or some of the amazing restaurants. 

Castillo Son Vida is offering 20 per cent off all its 164 guestrooms and suites, exclusively for BA Executive Club Members. Guests can also take advantage of daily complimentary yoga classes and a 24-hour fitness centre. Simply enter 126 in the promo code box to redeem. The offer is valid until 23:59 BST on 15 August 2022. You should get all your Bonvoy benefits and points as you are booking with Marriott directly. 

You can book and enter your discount code here. 


UK government don’t know if travel restrictions worked

In the damning report released on Tuesday, it is clear that, as we all expected, there was no clear science behind many of the measures the government took to impose restrictions on travel during Covid. Even now, they still have no evidence to suggest whether the restrictions were worth the massive fallout to the travel industry and people not being able to travel to see loved ones etc. 

I always suspected that many of the Covid restrictions were just plucked out of the air as they seemed like a good idea. Even when independent data proved many of the travel restrictions to be completely worthless in trying to control Covid, the government insisted on continuing with them.

Apparently, it cost “at least £486 million” to implement the traffic light scheme, yet the government still “does not know whether the system worked or whether the cost was worth the disruption caused”. I’m sure we all remember eagerly awaiting the next announcement of green destinations only to find they were some remote island that you couldn’t even reach! I distinctly remember Malta taking weeks to go green despite cases being less than 10 per week for the whole island! The report says that the government did not take time to explain its reasoning behind decisions – I suspect because a lot of the time these were political decisions rather than logical, science based decisions. 

The committee also criticised how the government kept changing the rules (more than 10 times between February 2021 and January 2022) making it hard for the travel industry to keep up and even harder for travellers to understand. 

The red list hotel isolation was a particular failure given that it was meant to be self-funding. In total, the quarantine service cost £757 million with the taxpayer subsidising a shocking £329 million. This is despite it costing more than £2,200 for a single adult over 10 days. I do believe there is very limited use for hotel quarantine to buy time over a short period when a new variant or disease is discovered until more is known about it. But eventually, all countries end up with cases and community spread, so it pointless as a long term measure. 

Hopefully, we never go down that route again and lessons have been learnt, but I am not convinced. 

11 Comments on "NEWS & OFFERS: BA pilots pay dispute, 20% off Mallorca Luxury Collection, and Gov don’t know if travel restrictions worked"

  1. The story around the UK government knowing if travel restrictions actually worked or not doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. Let’s face it, do the government ever keep records of how well things work? Jess it’s to their advantage of course ….

  2. £370 per night for my wife and I to stay in a quarantine hotel – you do not pay the hotel but a ‘travel consultancy’ company. It could not have cost the ‘travel consultancy’ company more than £50 per night and they used the NHS for testing so there no cost to them there. And now we hear that the Government subsidised quarantine hotels to the extent of £329 million! There must be an enquiry into who made millions out of this, or maybe it explains the reason for implementing the what appears to be a daft system.

    • Agreed it would be very interesting who made the big profits here. Seeing the food some people got it certainly didn’t go on that!

  3. In a week when 2 tainted Johnson ministers are touting their wares to be PM, this report should be the main and frankly only news story. Mind boggling incompetence and inability to measure performance or track costs. Anyone around that Cabinet table should be barred from office.

  4. The failure to act soon enough was a major cause of the perceived failure to control numbers of cases. Allowing UK tourists to mix with other international travellers at New Year / Christmas destinations is asking for a peak in case numbers and sure enough, 2 weeks into January, it came along, thanks to irresponsible travellers who proved the need for action to be taken to control such ridiculous behaviour.
    The inability to travel was not however, just a UK outbound ban, it became a destination countries not wanting visitors coming in and the UK govt had no control over this.
    I think New Zealand’s stance shows that a robust in / out policy saved lives.

    • Family reunions are not tourism. Not all travel that year was tourism. If you do want to talk tourism travel though, I’d put the Carbis Bay G7 in that category.

  5. Toby Stanbrook | 27 July 2022 at 11:19 am | Reply

    Regarding the rates available through Debonaire, could we book a week’s stay as two separate bookings i.e. one for my wife and one for me? For a week’s stay, the $100 credit is too small, especially when you will get the same $100 credit for a one night stay. By having two separate bookings, we aim to get $200 in credit. Don’t mind changing rooms.

    • Yes as long as you don’t mind moving rooms there is nothing to stop you having two bookings in two names. If it was all one name it could be an issue I think. But just double check with GTC (which Debonair are part of) when you book.

  6. James Harper | 27 July 2022 at 6:07 pm | Reply

    Since 2016 the UK has endured one government after another in nothing but chaos so it’s no surprise that the travel restrictions were a part of that. The utter chaos and uncertainty of red lists, amber lists, green lists, amber plus lists which didn’t match up to any data that was available anywhere was obvious to see. The failure to control travel from India when Delta was rising because Bunter wanted a trade deal was as good as criminal and yet they continue in the same vein barely now acknowledging that a significant number of people are still dying and the NHS is at breaking point.

    I think a general election is called for, God help us if we have to have one of the two numptys standing to replace Bunter as PM for two years, there’ll be nothing left!

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