Room upgrade and dining credit at Shangri-La The Shard, London
Set between Borough Market and Bermondsey Street, Shangri-La The Shard, London is one of London’s most iconic hotels. We featured a review here. The hotel has a bar with an amazing view, a spa, swimming pool and a restaurant. If you are looking for a Christmas break there is a special offer for BA Executive Members.
British Airways Executive Club Members can take advantage of a room upgrade, £50 dining credit, complimentary access to the gym, sauna and sky pool, plus late check-out at 2pm, subject to availability. Email [email protected] to book, valid until 30 December 2021 when using booking code BASHANGRI-LA.
You can also get a similar package by booking through our luxury travel agents, Debonair.
Qatar puts UK on red list – but what about transitting Doha?
In a reverse situation to a few months ago, the Middle Eastern country of Qatar has now put the UK on its red list. Fortunately, if you are flying Qatar and merely transmitting you won’t be affected unless you have an overnight stay booked in a hotel that is not airside.
If you were planning to visit Qatar it means that fully vaccinated visitors travelling from a red-listed country must have a pre-departure PCR test within 72 hours of their arrival in Qatar, with a negative result. You will be required to undergo a 2-day hotel quarantine (including unvaccinated children aged 11 or under), where a PCR test will be conducted. You may be released from quarantine early depending on the availability of your test results. All hotel quarantine packages need to be booked through the Discover Qatar website.
You can find the official FCDO advice here.
Etihad will allow pets in business class
In Europe, it’s unusual to see pets in the cabin other than service dogs, although I did have a delightful French bulldog on my flight from Paris to New York on La Compagnie once.
However, not everyone is a dog or cat lover and many people have allergies. So if you are one of these people you may wish to reconsider flying Etihad. According to the Khaleej Times, Etihad will now allow small well-behaved pets to travel with their owners in the cabin.
The pets (cat or dog) must be at least 16-week old and weigh no more than 8kg, including the carrier weight. While the passenger must be at least 18 years old to travel with a pet. Passengers travelling in Business or First Class must purchase an extra seat in advance for their pet.