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British Airways offer package holiday customers ‘extra special’ airport deals this summer

“It’s the first time we’ve offered something like this exclusively for British Airways Holidays customers – we believe it’s a brilliant way to celebrate the joy of travel, while continuing to offer flexibility and security for peace of mind.”

With many still uncertain about travelling, the airline reassures customers that their booking falls under the British Airways Holidays Customer Promise.

With low deposits starting from £60 per person, ATOL protection, and three weeks notice for amendments or cancellations in return for a voucher, travellers are reassured that they will not lose money if their plans change.

The exclusive deal is eligible on package holidays and British Airways has many on offer this summer.

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Package holidays: Jet2, easyJet, TUI & BA updates with green list review just weeks away

Package holidays have been cited as one of the safest options for travel thanks to their refund and cancellation policies if holidays can not move ahead as planned. However, amid ongoing “uncertainty” regarding “traffic light” rules, some providers have made the decision to axe further holidays.
It adds: “If your flight is due to depart on or before July 18 2021, if you want to, you can amend your flight admin-fee-free.” 

However, holidays to “red list” destination will not go ahead.

At the time of writing, Turkey is on the “red list” and therefore Jet2 says it will “review the status of Turkey following the next UK Government update which we expect to be on or around June 1, 2021.”

It continues: “If your destination is on the Red List at the next Government update, we’ll allow you to cancel your flight free of charge if it is due to depart up to and including July 18 2021, and we will of course keep the situation under close review.

“In the meantime, if your flight is due to depart on or before July 18 2021, you can amend your flight admin-fee-free if you want to.”

Jet2 is working through bookings and will contact customers directly if their plans are impacted.

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easyJet holidays

easyJet holidays has resumed some holidays to a select list of destinations in line with the “traffic light” system.

Therefore it is warning customers that they must stay up-to-date with the relevant restrictions to their chosen holiday location.

“The government has announced how international travel can restart this summer through the introduction of a new traffic light system. As part of this there are some essential steps that you need to take before returning home from holiday, which will vary by destination,” explains easyJet holidays.

“It’s important to know that this traffic light system only applies to your return journey. You’ll also need to ensure that everyone in your party meets the entry requirements for your destination, which could also change between booking and travel.

“Due to COVID-19, this may include steps such as completing and submitting documentation in advance to show at the airport, proof of a negative Covid-19 test and/or complying with any applicable vaccination rules.

“You’ll need to make sure you meet these requirements so your holiday can go ahead as planned.”

Green list holidays will go ahead, meanwhile, amber list holidays can go ahead so long as customers are “happy” to travel and follow the specific rules associated.

However, there will be more flexibility to change holiday plans if customers do not wish to fly.

“For ‘amber’ destinations, you’re covered under our industry-leading Protection Promise. You only need to pay your balance 28 days before travel, and if you need to make any changes or you simply change your mind you can cancel 28 days or more before departure and we’ll return your deposit back to you as easyJet holidays credit and refund any further payments to your original method of payment for your booking before this point,’ explains easyJet holidays.

“And now we’ve enhanced our Covid commitments so if your holiday destination stays on the ‘amber’ list and as we get closer to your departure date, you can make fee-free changes within 28 days all the way up to 24 hours before you’re due to travel.”

Holidays to red list destinations will not go ahead.

“If your destination is on the red list, you’ll also benefit from fee-free changes or cancelling for credit” states easyJet holidays.

“If you’d rather wait to see what happens, but the destination doesn’t come off the red list, we’ll cancel your holiday no later than seven days before you’re due to travel and refund you in full.”

The airline has also recently boosted its COVID-19 testing partnership with “approved testing provider” Collinson to “make testing easier and more affordable for customers”.

Customers can choose from discounted tests starting from £32 for a Lateral Flow Antigen, £66 for PCR and £68 for LAMP tests.

TUI

TUI has resumed some holidays though is working in line with the Government’s “traffic light” system.

This means holidays to red list destinations will not go ahead.

Most recently, TUI made the decision to cancel holidays to a further nine red list destinations due to depart on or before June 27, 2021.

In a statement, TUI explained: “Due to ongoing uncertainty, we have unfortunately had to cancel all holidays to the following Red and Amber destinations up to and including 27th June: Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Turkey, Egypt, Cape Verde, Morocco, Tunisia and Bulgaria.”

It added: “We want to offer our customers flexibility and choice this summer, so where borders are open and FCDO advice allows travel, we will operate to those destinations as planned.

“We are constantly reviewing our holiday programme and cancellations in line with the Government updates every three weeks, with the next update due in early June.”

In line with the travel provider’s “holiday promise”, plans will be cancelled and customers will be given the option to change their booking to another date fee-free or receive a full refund if the FCDO advises against non-essential travel abroad.

This will also apply if the government for a destination bans UK arrivals or decides to enforce quarantine on arrival and there isn’t the option to forgo this quarantine period by providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or of being fully vaccinated.

“If we need to cancel your holiday for any of these reasons, you don’t need to do anything,” states TUI’s website.

“We’ll work through bookings in departure date order to proactively contact you as soon as we can.

“If you have an accommodation-only booking, which isn’t impacted by travel restrictions, and that you, therefore, don’t want to cancel, please give us a call.”

British Airways holidays

British Airways (BA) holidays, the package holiday arm of the flag-bearing airline, has resumed travel to some destinations in line with the Government’s traffic light system.

As part of the airline’s customer promise, passengers have the ability to “change or cancel holidays free of charge”.

BA adds: “If we cancel, we will refund you within 14 days.”

The airline continues: “Your holiday is important to us. In these uncertain times, we’re committed to ensuring that you have a safe and enjoyable break.”

BA is also encouraging customers to book package holidays with a new promotion offering Executive Club members the chance to earn double “Tier Points”.

The points can be earned on any package holiday of at least five nights taken between June 9 and September 30 2021.

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Echoing Amazon: Walmart, Target try local package delivery

Echoing Amazon: Walmart, Target try local package delivery© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Walmart electric van used for grocery delivery outside a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Rogers, Arkansas, U.S. January 12, 2021. Picture taken January 12, 2021. Beth Hall/Handout via REUTERS

By Lisa Baertlein

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -Walmart and Target are testing their own home package delivery services in the United States – stealing a page from Amazon’s play book – as e-commerce demand strains traditional carriers like United Parcel Service (NYSE:), FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service.

The move is just the latest example of how Walmart (NYSE:) Inc and Target Corp (NYSE:) are working to close the gap with Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:), the No. 1 online retailer. Amazon has recruited armies of small businesses to provide delivery services from vans emblazoned with the company’s logo – an effort that has helped it control customer wait times and costs.

UPS, FedEx Corp (NYSE:) and the USPS have been inundated with packages since the coronavirus pandemic hit U.S. shores last year – forcing retailers to seek new ways to get goods into the hands of customers while containing soaring delivery costs.

Walmart – a key FedEx delivery customer – has been trialing its first company-branded “last-mile” delivery vans, John Furner, Walmart’s U.S. chief executive, said on the company’s earnings call on Tuesday.

Since January, a small, electric van fleet has made package deliveries in the Bentonville and Rogers (NYSE:) areas near Walmart’s Arkansas headquarters, company spokeswoman Camille Dunn said. The drivers work for Walmart, which also employs its semi-truck drivers.

When asked about Walmart’s project, shipping consultant Cathy Morrow Roberson said: “Hallelujah. They can afford to build out a last-mile delivery network. They built out a trucking network.”

Keeping package delivery operations in-house could give Walmart an advantage, said Roberson, founder of Logistics Trends & Insights.

“I wouldn’t say that they get customers away from Amazon, but they can certainly put up a good fight,” she said.

Retailers are dealing with a trucker shortage that threatens their ability to stock their stores. However, van drivers in theory should be easier to find because they don’t require professional licenses like big-rig drivers do.

Target so far is depending on independent drivers from Shipt, which it bought in 2017.

The retailer earlier this year began testing home package delivery from a new sorting center in its hometown of Minneapolis. Workers in that center group packages by zone and hand some over to drivers for Shipt, who use their own cars for deliveries.

The effort, which is fortified by acquired technology from transport management provider Grand Junction and delivery firm Deliv, aims to “add capacity, reduce costs and enable more flexibility,” Target Chief Operating Officer John Mulligan said on a conference call on Wednesday.

Walmart, Target and Amazon use gig workers to make same-day, local deliveries. Amazon’s service is called Flex (NASDAQ:). Walmart has its own Spark Driver delivery platform and taps on-demand services from companies such as DoorDash and Postmates. Target depends on Shipt and other providers.

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Package holidays: Latest Jet2, easyJet, TUI & BA updates since travel resumed

Package holidays offer vital protections in case travel plans are suddenly impacted or cancelled. However, while many providers have resumed holidays since the resumption of international travel on May 17, others are holding off for now.
“The UK Government has committed to reviewing its Traffic Light ‘status’ of overseas destinations every three weeks,” states Jet2.

“We’ll review our programme and policies in line with that timetable. Our last review date was May 13 2021. 

“We expect to review again on or around June 1 2021 and every three weeks after that.

“As the UK Government has previously decided not to give us advance notice of any changes to the entry requirements from different countries, please bear with us as we need to take time to consider any changes to our programme and policies.”

For destinations on the “green list” Jet2 says it is “looking forward” to taking customers on holiday.

For “amber list” destinations the travel provider says it will “review the status of destinations following the next UK Government review” which is anticipated on or around June 1, 2021.

“If your holiday is due to depart on or before July 18 2021, if you want to, you can amend your holiday admin-fee-free.”

For “red list” holidays, Jet2 states: “If your destination is on the Red List at the next Government update, we’ll allow you to cancel your holiday free of charge if it is due to depart up to and including July 18 2021, and we will, of course, keep the situation under close review.

“In the meantime, if your holiday is due to depart on or before July 18 2021, you can amend your holiday admin-fee-free if you want to.”

Customers who are impacted by cancellations or changes will be contacted directly by Jet2.

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easyJet holidays

easyJet holidays has returned to offering package holidays to a select list of destinations.

“The Government has announced how international travel can restart this summer through the introduction of a new traffic light system,” the package holiday arm of easyJet states on its website.

“As part of this, there are some essential steps that you need to take before returning home from holiday, which will vary by destination.”

Customers are advised to check the status of their destination before travelling.

Holidays to “green” destinations will go ahead as planned, though easyJet remains customers they will need to take a rapid flow test before they travel hope and a PCR test on or before day two of their arrival back in the UK.

“You’ll need to book a test package before you travel on holiday from one of the government’s approved list of providers,” states the holiday provider.

“We’ve been working with the Government-approved supplier Randox, who offer discounted COVID-19 PCR home test kits for easyJet holidays customers.”

Customers travelling to “amber list” destinations can also benefit from Randox test packages, though these will be needed for pre-departure, as well as on day two and eight of arrival.

easyJet holidays adds: “For ‘amber’ destinations, you’re covered under our industry-leading Protection Promise.

“You only need to pay your balance 28 days before travel, and if you need to make any changes or you simply change your mind you can cancel 28 days or more before departure and we’ll return your deposit back to you as easyJet holidays credit and refund any further payments to your original method of payment for your booking before this point.”

In line with the airline’s Protection Promise, holidays to “red list” destinations will not go ahead.

It adds: “But as the lists can change and destinations could move to ‘amber’ or ‘green’, you may still be able to book selected holidays currently on the ‘red’ list and we’ll keep future holidays under close review.”

TUI

TUI has resumed some holidays in line with Government guidance but is operating under its own Holiday Promise.

According to the holiday provider holidays “won’t go ahead” and customers “will be able to change their booking to another date fee-free or receive a full refund” if the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against “non-essential” travel abroad.

The Holiday Promise will also kick into action if the government for a given destination decided to enforce quarantine on arrival without an option to forgo this quarantine period, if the borders for the destination are closed to UK arrivals, or if the destination is on the UK’s “red list”.

TUI adds: “If we need to cancel your holiday for any of these reasons, you don’t need to do anything. We’ll work through bookings in departure date order to proactively contact you as soon as we can.

“If you have an accommodation-only booking, which isn’t impacted by travel restrictions, and that you, therefore, don’t want to cancel, please give us a call.”

TUI is also offering fee-free changes until the end of October for package holidays as well as flight-only and accommodation-only customers.

The fee-free changes also apply to Marella Cruises and TUI River Cruises and for customers whose destination is on the “green watchlist”.

Up until May 27, TUI is only operating flights and holidays out of four airports: London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.

Holidays, including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings, to the below destinations due to depart on or before 31 October 2021 to Los Cabos, Mexico or Kvarner Bay, Croatia are now cancelled.

Meanwhile, holidays due to depart on or before June 6, 2021, to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Tunisia, Egypt, Cape Verde, Sicily in Italy, Sardinia in Italy, Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, Phuket in Thailand, Chania in Crete, Zante in Greece, La Palma in the Canary Islands and Malta are also cancelled.

Other cancelled holidays include anything due to depart on or before June 30, 2021, to Florida, USA and any Lakes and Mountains holidays, except Switzerland, due to depart on or before June 6, 2021.

British Airways holidays

British Airways (BA) package holiday arm has resumed some of its travel plans in accordance with the Government’s “traffic light” system.

As part of the airline’s customer promise, passengers have the ability to “change or cancel holidays free of charge”.

BA adds: “If we cancel, we will refund you within 14 days.”

The airline continues: “Your holiday is important to us. In these uncertain times, we’re committed to ensuring that you have a safe and enjoyable break.”

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Package holidays: easyJet, Jet2, TUI & BA latest updates following 'green list'

TUI

TUI is set to resume package holidays from May 17 following the “green list” announcement.

Following the news Portugal has been added to the “green list”, TUI made the decision to add more weekly flights to Portugal and Madeira from London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.

TUI is now offering an additional weekly flight to Madeira from London Gatwick and Manchester, every Friday from May 21 to October 29, and twice-weekly from Birmingham, every Monday and Friday from May 17 to October 29.

These extra flights open up the opportunity to book 10 and 11 night-holidays.

However, TUI will also launch an additional weekly flight from Bristol operating every Thursday from May 20 to October 28. These flights will complement the existing weekly flights already on offer from other UK airports on Thursdays and Sundays throughout the Summer.

Andrew Flintham managing director of TUI UK said: “These destinations have always been a firm favourite for Britons, so it’s no surprise demand has increased following speculation they could be available from May 17 without the need to quarantine on return.

“We own every element of the holiday programme, so are uniquely placed to respond to customer demand and add additional holidays to the most popular hotspots.

“We’ve also introduced new subsidised testing packages, which start from just £20 for green list destinations to help our customers get away for their long-awaited holiday.”

Customers are offered added flexibility with the option to change their holidays up to 14 days before travel if they change their mind.

The TUI website states: “If your destination changes to Amber within 14 days of travel, you will be able to amend up until the day before your departure.”

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Package holidays: easyJet, Jet2, BA & TUI updates with 'green list' due in days

The Government is expected to announce it plans for the UK “traffic light” system for travel in the coming days.

Ahead of this, package holiday providers such as easyJet holidays, Jet2 holidays, British Airways Holidays and TUI have offered updates for customers on what they can expect moving forward.

Here are the latest updates ahead of May 17:

easyJet holidays

easyJet holidays has outlined plans to resume some package holidays from May 17, in line with Government restrictions.

This will depend on which countries are categorised as “green” under the Government’s “traffic light” system.

In a statement, easyJet holidays explained: “Following announcements from the UK government, we have cancelled all easyJet holidays with departure dates up to and including May 16, 2021.

“Currently, the Government has said that the planned restart date for international travel is still due to be May 17 and that’s the date we’re planning to start taking people away again.”All customers impacted by the latest cancellations will be contacted directly and will be able to request a full cash refund or to change to a later date and receive a booking incentive.”

“The Government has also shared a little bit more about how holidays can be restarted again and the introduction of a traffic light system – they will share which traffic light colour destinations fall under in early May, so we’ll know even more then.

“We’re continually working through how COVID-19 may impact future bookings in departure date order.”

As part of its “Protection Promise” easyJet holidays has vowed not to fly Britons to “red list” countries.

It is also providing more flexibility for holidays which are “affected by the Government’s traffic light system”.

easyJet holidays’ website explains: “All holidays can be changed, fee-free, up to 28 days before travel.

“For departures up to and including September 30, 2021, if your holiday destination is on the amber list in the run-up to your departure date, you can make fee-free changes to your booking or cancel for credit right up to 24 hours before travel.

“If your destination is on the red list, you’ll also benefit from fee-free changes or cancelling for credit.

“If you’d rather wait to see what happens, but the destination doesn’t come off the red list, we’ll cancel your holiday no later than seven days before you’re due to travel and refund you in full.

“We’ll also cancel any holidays where there is a known quarantine requirement in destination, or where there is a hotel quarantine requirement when returning home to the UK.”

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TUI, easyJet, Jet2, BA & Virgin package holiday updates – PM tight-lipped on 'green ' list

Package holidays could be one of the safest ways to travel this summer thanks to the protection offered in the event of cancellations. This may be particularly relevant once the Government’s traffic light system comes into force, which will see countries under “constant review” according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

TUI

In line with the Government’s plans to resume travel, TUI has cancelled all flights and holidays until May 16.

“Following the recent announcement from the UK Government, customers travelling from England will be subject to a new traffic light system with ‘green’, ‘amber’ and ‘red’ destinations,” the travel provider said in a statement.

“It’s expected that international travel can resume from May 17 at the earliest.”

Holidays, including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings to Los Cabos, Mexico, and Kvarner Bay, Croatia, departing on or before October 31, are also cancelled.

The tour operator has stopped issuing credit notes and is instead offering cash refunds to all customers impacted by cancellations. Customers have until September 2021 to book their holidays.

In an update following the “traffic light” announcement, TUI explained: “Following the recent announcement from the UK Government, customers travelling from England will be subject to a new traffic light system with Green, Amber and Red destinations.

“We are yet to receive the full detail for each category, including what testing requirements may be needed and what colour your destination may be.”

It continued: “However, our TUI Holiday Promise for Green and Amber destinations remains the same for continued peace of mind. If prior to your departure date you know that you will need to quarantine on your return to the UK, you will have the option to change your holiday for free to another time.

“You’ll also be able to change your holiday for free if you’re unable to travel due to new testing or vaccination requirements.

“We won’t take people on holiday to destinations that will require you to quarantine on arrival or those on the Red List. In this instance, we will cancel your holiday and you will be able to amend to another date for free, or you can request a full refund.

“If we need to cancel any future holidays because of updated Government guidance, we will be in touch with you directly and will aim to give you at least seven days’ notice.”

The operator has extended its free changes policy to the end of July.

Customers due to travel between May 17 and the end of July are able to change their booking to a later date free of charge.

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easyJet holidays

easyJet holidays is due to resume some of its package holidays from May 17.

All holidays due to depart prior to May 17 are now cancelled.

“Currently, the Government has said that the planned restart date for international travel is still due to be 17 May and that’s the date we’re planning to start taking people away again,” the holiday provider said in a statement.

“The Government has also shared a little bit more about how holidays can be restarted again and the introduction of a traffic light system – they will share which traffic light colour destinations fall under in early May, so we’ll know even more then.

“We’re continually working through how COVID-19 may impact future bookings in departure date order.

“If your holiday becomes affected, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.”

As part of its protection promise, the airline vows to only take customers on “quarantine-free holidays” with the option to cancel if a holiday is impacted by travel restrictions “at home”.

Travellers will be entitled to a full refund if their holiday is cancelled by the operator.

Alternatively, customers can cancel their holiday and receive a full refund and their deposit back as credit so long as this is done 28 days before departure.

Customers can also enjoy the “freedom to change” their travel plans up to 28 days before departure without incurring a fee.

Jet2holidays

Jet2holidays made the decision to cancel all flights and holidays until June 24 following the Government’s “traffic light system” announcement.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2holidays and Jet2.com slammed the Government’s Travel Taskforce document outlining details of the “traffic light system”.

Speaking at the time, he said: “Following the publication of the framework today, we still do not know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to and the availability and cost of testing. Rather than answering questions, the framework leaves everyone asking more.

“Because of the continued uncertainty that the framework provides, it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including June 23, 2021.”

In an updated statement on its website, Jet2holidays explained: “If you’re affected by any programme changes, we’ll automatically cancel your booking with a full refund and our team of travel experts will be in touch to help you book your summer getaway for later in the year. If you’re due to travel from 24 June 2021 onwards, we’ll provide an update closer to the time.”

Virgin Holidays

Virgin Holidays the package holidays arm of Virgin Atlantic, is planning to resume from May 17.

In a statement on its website, the travel operator explained: “We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation very closely and we’re continually reviewing the holiday schedule for May 17 onwards.

“All holidays up to and including May 16, 2021 are cancelled and customers have been contacted with their options, including a refund. Rest assured we will be in touch with your options if your holiday is affected.

“All Virgin Holidays customers booked to depart up until 30 April, 2022 may rebook their holiday up until 30 April, 2023 with the date change fee waived.”

Customers will automatically be provided with a digital voucher for the value of their drip, which can be redeemed up until September 30.

Customers can also request a cash refund.

Virgin Atlantic explained more destination-specific information would be available from May 17.

In an update, it explained: “Restrictions for inbound customers to England, such as Covid-19 testing and quarantine, will remain in place but apply differently depending on which destination you are arriving from.

“Each country will be categorised as ‘green’, ‘amber’ or ‘red’, with the UK Government confirming these country lists in early May, when they will also confirm if travel can resume from May 17.”

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Package holidays: TUI, British Airways, easyJet & Jet2 holiday updates as trips cancelled

Holidays are set to restart again in five weeks but the major tour operators have differed in the stance when it comes to resuming travel. Some companies have been quick to cancel package holidays and flights during the pandemic while others have kept operations in action. These are the latest updates for popular holiday brands TUI[1] Holidays, British Airways[2] Holidays, easyJet[3] Holidays and Jet2 holidays.

TUI

TUI has cancelled all flights and holidays until May 16.

Holidays, including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings to Los Cabos, Mexico, and Kvarner Bay, Croatia, departing on or before October 31, are also cancelled.

The tour operator has stopped issuing credit notes and is instead offering cash refunds to all customers impacted by cancellations.

However, customers who were previously given a voucher have until the end of September 2021 to book their holiday.

In their latest update, issued last week, TUI said: “Following the recent announcement from the UK Government, customers travelling from England will be subject to a new traffic light system with Green, Amber and Red destinations. We are yet to receive the full detail for each category, including what testing requirements may be needed and what colour your destination may be.”

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TUI continued: “However, our TUI Holiday Promise for Green and Amber destinations remains the same for continued peace of mind. If prior to your departure date you know that you will need to quarantine on your return to the UK, you will have the option to change your holiday for free to another time.

“You’ll also be able to change your holiday for free if you’re unable to travel due to new testing or vaccination requirements.

“We won’t take people on holiday to destinations that will require you to quarantine on arrival or those on the Red List. In this instance, we will cancel your holiday and you will be able to amend to another date for free, or you can request a full refund.

“If we need to cancel any future holidays because of updated Government guidance, we will be in touch with you directly and will aim to give you at least seven days’ notice.

“We know our customers are looking forward to their holidays, so to offer continued flexibility and reassurance, we have extended our free changes policy to the end of July.

“Those due to travel between 17 May and the end of July can change their booking to a later date fee-free through Manage My Booking, or if you’ve booked in a TUI store by calling us on 0203 4512688. Customers travelling in July will be able to amend their booking to a later date fee-free through Manage My Booking.”

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British Airways

BA has cancelled all of its package holidays up until May 17.

A BA spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “All affected customers will be contacted and offered a refund.”

In a statement, the travel provider added: “If we cannot fulfil a holiday, we’re committed to ensuring customers receive a full refund within 14 days.

“Customers who are unable to travel, or choose not to, can continue to change their holiday without a change fee, or request a voucher for future use.”

easyJet

All easyJet holidays are axed until May 17.

Passengers who are impacted by cancellations will be contacted by the airline.

In its latest update, issued two weeks ago, easyJet said: “We are planning to operate as many flights as possible over the coming days.

“Due to a number of governments imposing travel entry bans on flights arriving from certain countries, or imposing travel bans on passengers who are non-residents or non-citizens of the respective countries, we appreciate the uncertainty this may be causing you and understand that you may need to change your travel plans.”

Options include switching to another easyJet flight for free, choosing a voucher for the full value of your ticket or requesting a refund.

No fresh update has been released since.

Jet2

Jet2 has cancelled all flights and holidays until June 24, it was announced last week.

The move came after the Global Travel Taskforce set out its framework to safely reopen international travel.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, has slammed the document.

He said: “We have taken time to study the Global Travel Taskforce’s framework, and we are extremely disappointed at the lack of clarity and detail.

“After several weeks exploring how to restart international travel, with substantial assistance and input from the industry, the framework lacks any rigorous detail about how to get international travel going again. In fact, the framework is virtually the same as six months ago.”

He called for more clarity, stating: “Following the publication of the framework today, we still do not know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to and the availability and cost of testing. Rather than answering questions, the framework leaves everyone asking more.

The CEO continued: “Because of the continued uncertainty that the framework provides, it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 23rd June 2021.”

Jet2 passengers impacted by the cancellations will be contacted and provided with their options; refunds will be offered.

References

  1. ^ TUI (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ British Airways (www.express.co.uk)
  3. ^ easyJet (www.express.co.uk)
  4. ^ Calder reveals places most likely to be on UK travel green list (www.express.co.uk)

Package holidays: TUI, easyJet, Jet2, & BA updates following PM's latest travel prediction

On Monday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson[1] confirmed plans to push ahead with the next stage of his “roadmap” out of lockdown. However, he warned it might be too soon for Britons to begin to make international travel plans.

TUI

Following Boris Johnson’s most recent address to the nation, TUI issued an update for holidaymakers on its website.

“Following the recent announcement from the UK government, customers travelling from England will be subject to a new traffic light system with ‘green’, ‘amber’ and ‘red’ destinations,” reads a statement from the holiday provider.

“We are yet to receive the full detail for each category, including what the testing requirements may be and which destinations will fall into each of the categories. “

However, customers are assured their holiday will be protected by the firm’s “TUI Holiday Promise”.

“What this means is that if prior to your departure date you know that you will need to quarantine on your return to the UK, you will have the option to change your holiday to another time for free,” explains TUI.

“You’ll also be able to change your holiday for free if you’re unable to travel due to new testing or vaccination requirements.

“We also won’t take you on holiday to a destination that will require you to quarantine on arrival, or to any destination that’s on the red list.

“In this instance, we will cancel your holiday and you will be able to change your booking to another date for free, or you can request a full refund.”

TUI has further extended its “free changes policy” until the end of June.

easyJet holidays

The package holiday arm of easyJet has set out a restart date of May 17, in accordance with Government guidelines.

All holidays up to and including May 16, 2021, are now cancelled.

In a statement, the holiday provider explained: “We’re continually working through how COVID-19 may impact future bookings in departure date order.

“If your holiday becomes affected, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.”

It added: “We’re continuing to closely follow announcements from the UK government, and work closely with our fantastic hoteliers and dedicated in-destination partners to ensure we have the measures in place to make our trips enjoyable and safe – meaning you can holiday with confidence.”

Customers who have their travel plans cancelled are able to opt for a full refund of the option to rebook travel at a later date.

An easyJet spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “All affected customers will be contacted with their options, which include a full refund or taking advantage of a £100 off a future holiday incentive if opting to rebook their holiday for a later date.”

As part of its Protection Promise, customers are being given more flexibility to amend and cancel their holiday if they can not, or simply do not wish to go ahead with their initial plans.

“If you want to change your holiday with ease, we can make it happen. You’ll be able to change your holiday online yourself, with no extra fees until 28 days before departure,” easyJet’s website explains.

Customers who “change their mind” about holidays can also receive a full refund as long as they cancel up to 28 days before departure. This will be “free of fees”.

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Jet2 holidays

Following the Government’s plans to exit lockdown, Jet2 holidays aim to restart travel from May 17 onwards.

This means all holidays prior to this date are now cancelled.

“If you’ve been affected by these programme changes, we’ll be automatically cancelling your booking with a full refund,” the Jet2 website explains.

“If you’re due to travel from 17 May 2021 onwards, we’ll provide an update closer to the time. “

Since the Prime Minister’s most recent comments on the future of travel, no further updates have been issues by Jet2 holidays.

Virgin holidays

Virgin Atlantics package holiday arm has updated its website following Mr Johnson’s latest update on the steps out of lockdown.

“The UK Government has confirmed it is to implement a new ‘traffic light’ system to support the safe reopening of the skies, including non-essential international travel,” reads the Virgin Atlantic website.

It continues: “The Government has yet to confirm which countries will be designated amber or green.

“In line with the UK Government’s roadmap, international travel will resume no earlier than May 17 2021 and this remains the case following the Prime Minister’s update. “

Customers are being given the option to change or amend their plans if they can not holiday for whatever reason.

“Where a Virgin Atlantic customer is unable to travel for any reason, we offer as much choice and flexibility as possible to help you change or amend your plans, with the option to make date change(s) or one name(s) change with the service fee waived, for a new travel date all the way until April 30 2023,” states the airline.

“You can also amend the point of origin or destination of your flights with no service fee.”

Customers who have had their holiday cancelled by the airline are entitled to a full refund.

Package holidays bookings boom – why holiday type is the safest during Covid

Sixty-three percent of people said they hope to book a holiday abroad in the next six months or longer.

Graeme Buck, Director of Communications at ABTA – The Travel Association, commented on the findings: “Travel professionals and package holidays have an important role to play in helping people feel reassured and confident to book and travel this year, and we’re seeing more and more people turning to them as they plan their holidays.

“Over the last 12 months there has been a lot of uncertainty around international travel, with holidays having to be changed or postponed, but there is a lot of pent-up demand for holidays.

“People are increasingly recognising that they can get great value for money, added protection and the benefit of having someone else plan their holiday or make changes if needed further down the line.”