NEWS & OFFERS: Japan remove all restrictions, UK TAP business sale from £1249 and Heathrow strike threat

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Japan to finally remove all travel restrictions

As predicted, Japan has announced it will remove all remaining travel restrictions. The country has been taking cautious steps towards reopening with UK tourists allowed on package holidays with a visa currently. 

Now Japan will allow visa-free, independent tourism and abolish a daily arrival cap from 11 October 2022.

“I hope many people will utilize it,” said Prime Minister Kishida at a news conference in New York. “I want to support the travel, entertainment and other industries that have been struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.”

However, you will still need to be vaccinated three times or submit a negative COVID-19 test result before travel.


TAP Air Portugal business class sale

TAP A330-900 Neo business class

TAP is consistently one of the cheapest business class products available. Onboard they have a good business class seat on their modern A330neos and A321LR. The only issue can be when things go wrong, they can be tricky to deal with sometimes. 

The latest sale has some good deals on flights from the UK. You can usually add in a Lisbon stopover for free. I would strongly encourage this not only to build on some leeway in your itinerary but also because Lisbon is one of the best European cities to visit in my opinion.

For short haul, flights to Lisbon and Porto in economy cost from as little as £79 return, while the island archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores can be reached from £115 and £124 respectively.

Ruins of Tulum, Mexico 

Transatlantic travel starts from just from just £1,359 return in Executive Class to New York. Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Executive Class are also from just £1,349. An even bigger bargain is £1,249 to Cancun in Mexico for some winter sun.

Aerial view of Rio De Janeiro. 

This limited time offer is available for bookings made until 2 October 2022. Sale fares are applicable for return flights in Economy and Executive Class for journeys between 19 September 2022 and 30 June 2023 with departures from London and Manchester. 

Flying from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester, the airline has up to 13 flights a day.

For the full range of sale fares and to book visit


Yet another strike threat at Heathrow

It feels like virtually every group of workers at Heathrow are threatening to go on strike. To be fair to the workers, many airlines and airports used Covid to worsen conditions and pay. Those decisions are now coming home to roost with strained industrial relations and staff shortages.

The latest to announce a strike ballot is United Airlines. Staff who are members of Unite union are voting in a strike action ballot which runs until 11 October. The ballot affects around 300 operations, customer service and baggage handling staff at Heathrow. 

With the union required to give at least 14 days notice, this could result in a strike over UK half-term holidays with up to 18 flights a day cancelled in a worse-case scenario. 

American Airlines staff are also balloting for strike action at Heathrow.

10 Comments on "NEWS & OFFERS: Japan remove all restrictions, UK TAP business sale from £1249 and Heathrow strike threat"

  1. Any thoughts of when we may see a qatar sale to Asia? Currently only Lufthansa seems ‘cheap’ at 1,500 from Scandinavia but not on a par with Qatar.

    • I think it’s unlikely we will get any fares comparable to before Covid until at least Black Friday. Even then I suspect they will still be more expensive that previously

  2. I second the comment on TAP about when things going wrong. Still waiting for EU261 money. From cancelled flight in May this year. There is only email contact no phone! Otherwise an ok flight to JFK for the price I paid in the sale. New A330neo.

  3. Just to say that I had an enjoyable flight yesterday lunchtime down to Gibraltar from Heathrow on BA with no issues & with more than acceptable food quality + full trolley service, [like the old days], free pouring champagne etc., but guess what ~ no cognac??? The crew thought they had it! So what’s happened as I believed that “Brandygate” had all been resolved? I had to make do with chilled Cointreau yet again!!!! Oh dear……..

    • Wing it One World | 23 September 2022 at 2:38 pm | Reply

      BA have stepped up with their supply issues and made available Octard XO in first, they clearly don’t care about anyone who enjoys it with coffee….Unless you love gin then you get a choice of three. 😂 I have given up complaining about it, they just fob you off with it’s a supply issue and sorry. Case closed.
      Michele did say they were looking in to it but clearly have much higher priorities that looking after high paying customers. 🤷🏼‍♂️

  4. I have tried every combination with regard to the TAP sale and the lowest Business fare I can find is £1900, and that’s for all of Oct/Nov/Dec. I know seats sell fast BUT…..

  5. Not just Japan, Hong Kong is down to only 3 days home monitoring plus RAT test, scrapping their 4 day hotel quarantine and PCR test pre flight from Monday.

    • I don’t think the HK situaton is quite as straight forward. whilst you can do a PCR test pre-depature a lateral flow is sufficient BEFORE departure and a PCR will be done on arrival at HK. From 30/11/22 you will need a 3rd dose COVID vaccine in order to enter most premises. In addition to the pre-departure rapid antigen test, there is a PCR-RT test on arrival and on days 2, 4, and 6. During the first 3 days you can enter shopping centre and use public transport but more or less cannot go and eat inside anywhere.

      • Hi VL
        Are we any the wiser on transit issues, where we can stay airside, but going from CX to BA? It’s really diff to find out from `HKIA own website. We are doing this towards end of November. Am sure it will be open by the time the finance meeting takes place nov2-4, as those people will not even bother coming if there’s still any pre, arrivals, post PCR testing…they need to simply open up and get on with it now.

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