Spanish Quarantine plan
Just when we were starting to get some hope and Europe are reopening, gradually countries are now introducing quarantine plans for arrivals. Obviously, if you were going to book a villa with a pool, that could actually work depending on the exact requirements. Obviously there is the EU travel ban as well, but this could be the way they decide to lift restrictions.
From Friday 15 May new arrivals will have to agree to self-isolate within their home or booked accommodation for 14 days. You will be allowed to leave to buy essential supplies such as food and medicine or to seek medical assistance as long as you wear a mask at all times.
This applies everywhere in Spain, despite different stages of lockdown easing in different areas.
However, once you have left your lovely villa holiday, then you need to face:
UK Quarantine plan
There has been a lot of confusion around the UK’s 14-day quarantine plan, even from Willie Walsh himself. The government’s original statement for some reason gave the impression that the quarantine plan, would only apply to arrivals by air. In fact, they later qualified that this does apply to ALL arrivals into the UK by any method. How they plan to police this is yet to be confirmed, although it may be by the track and trace and supplying a home address that someone will stay at. The quarantine plan is due to start at the end of May at the earliest but the exact details are still to be confirmed.
There are two get outs proposed – one with France where Quarantine plan, will not apply on either side. Because of course, there is no Coronavirus in France right? Also, Ireland will be exempt but not necessarily going the other way. So legally assuming other travel restrictions were lifted there is nothing to stop you flying to Dublin or Paris and then flying back to the UK from there. However, at the moment it’s all completely immaterial since you pretty much can’t go anywhere you are not a citizen of.
New 50% Avios bonus from Heathrow Rewards
Heathrow Rewards have teamed up with British Airways Executive Club to offer a 50% bonus when you convert your Heathrow Rewards points to Avios. Until 2 June 2020, you’ll receive 375 Avios for every 250 Heathrow Rewards points you convert.
So the question is, should you? The best value from Heathrow Rewards points is usually parking as you get double the cash value so £5 voucher is worth £10 of parking. However, Avios bookings are currently one of the least risky travel purchases as they don’t require much cash outlay, are fully refundable up to 24 hours before and there is decent availability on many routes. If you need Avios, then I would say this is a good deal.
Virgin Atlantic routes and double daily to Tel Aviv from next year
Virgin has now left Gatwick for the foreseeable future and are operating from Terminal 2 at Heathrow, so no Clubhouse lounge sadly. They have now announced the routes they will operate next summer from Heathrow (assuming they are around). The plan is to gradually increase services to get to the full capacity by next summer.
From Heathrow for summer 2021:
- Cape Town
- Hong Kong
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- Montego Bay
- New York JFK
- San Francisco
- Tel Aviv
Virgin Atlantic have also announced plans to double the capacity on its recently launched Tel Aviv to London Heathrow with it reached double daily capacity by next April 2021. The rest of the route frequencies are unknown.
From Manchester, they will have flights to:
- Los Angeles
- New York JFK
If you are sitting on some Virgin miles, there is excellent availability next year so far to many places. SeatSpy are great for being able to see a whole year of Virgin availability in all classes in one go!