NEWS: Qatar puts UK on red list – what about transit?, Upgrade + credit at Shangri-La The Shard, Etihad to allow animals in business class

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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?

Waterfront in Doha Qatar with traditional wooden small ships known as dhow and city skyline

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.



3 Comments on "NEWS: Qatar puts UK on red list – what about transit?, Upgrade + credit at Shangri-La The Shard, Etihad to allow animals in business class"

  1. What are Etihad thinking? If travelling in First, imagine suddenly seeing an animal occupying an entire seat. Are they trying to drive away customers? RIDICULOUS policy.

  2. My son has a serious allergy to cat hair so regretfully there is no way I would take him on Etihad again.

  3. Literally barking. Presumably somebody powerful in Abu Dhabi wants to take their dog everywhere.
    Having somebody’s pooch kipping on the flatbed means the next customer is effectively sleeping in a dog basket.
    And that’s before the mutt starts yapping at some other punter’s dog, keeping you up all night or coiling out a dog’s egg in a corner somewhere.
    No thanks.

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