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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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Pipeline Operator Says ‘Normal Operations’ Have Resumed

ATLANTA (AP) — The operator of the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline — hit earlier this week by a ransomware attack — announced Saturday it has resumed “normal operations,” delivering fuel to its markets, including a large swath of the East Coast.

Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline had begun the process of restarting the pipeline’s operations on Wednesday evening, warning it could take several days for the supply chain to return to normal.

“Since that time, we have returned the system to normal operations, delivering millions of gallons per hour to the markets we serve,” Colonial Pipeline said in a tweet Saturday. Those markets include Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

“All of these markets are now receiving product from our pipeline,” the company said, noting how its employees across the pipeline “worked safely and tirelessly around the clock to get our lines up and running.”

Gas shortages, which spread from the South, all but emptying stations in Washington, D.C., have been improving since a peak on Thursday night. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told The Associated Press on Friday that the nation is “over the hump” on gas shortages, with about 200 stations returning to service every hour.

“It’s still going to work its way through the system over the next few days, but we should be back to normal fairly soon,” she said.

Multiple sources confirmed to The Associated Press that Colonial Pipeline had paid the criminals who committed the cyberattack a ransom of nearly $ 5 million in cryptocurrency for the software decryption key required to unscramble their data network.

The ransom — 75 Bitcoin — was paid last Saturday, a day after the criminals locked up Colonial’s corporate network, according to Tom Robinson, co-founder of the cryptocurrency-tracking firm Elliptic. Prior to Robinson’s blog post, two people briefed on the case had confirmed the payment amount to The Associated Press.

The pipeline system delivers about 45% of the gasoline consumed on the East Coast.

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Spain holidays: Balearics welcome potential ‘green islands’ – ‘safe travel can be resumed’

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Some international travel may be resumed from May 17 under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown. The green list is due to be announced on May 7, with Secretary of State for transport Grant Shapps confirming at an online ConservativeHome event he is in favour of an “islands approach” much like the travel corridors of 2020.

For nations like Spain, whose two archipelagos are popular holiday destinations, this has come as welcome news.

Nacho Gozalbo, commercial director for Palladium Hotel Group which has accommodation across Spain, believes the “island approach” will provide more opportunity for “safe travel”.

“We are eagerly awaiting the update on the green list and welcome the news that islands could be considered separately,” he told Express.co.uk.

“We do believe that safe travel to the Balearics can be resumed with a reliable testing programme pre-departure and prior to returning.

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“Given the position, we feel that travel to the Balearic Islands should be included within the green list and permitted from 17 May onwards.

“We remain hopeful.”

He continued: “The Balearic archipelago has all the infrastructure in place to accommodate visitors in a safe way and our vaccination programme is underway.

“At Palladium Hotel Group, we have all worked extremely hard behind the scenes to initiate reliable safety protocols to ensure that our visitors and staff are safe and can have an enjoyable holiday.

“Our head office is based in Ibiza and we have a number of properties in the Balearic Islands that are particularly popular amongst British travellers.”

Though the green list has yet to be confirmed, Spain’s tourism industry is optimistic travellers will be returning before the end of the summer.

“Our first reopening in Ibiza for summer 2021 is scheduled for 30 April with Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort and Spa which will also be offering the guests COVID tests at the resort if needed,” explained Mr Gozalbo.

“We also have a new property, Palladium Hotel Menorca, scheduled to open in Menorca at the end of May.”

Should Spain, the Balearics or the Canary Islands be categorised as “green” travellers will not need to self-isolate on their return to the UK.

They will, however, be required to take pre-and post-departure COVID-19 tests.

Though the Global Travel Taskforce is set to make a decision on which nations will be categorised as “green”, the Prime Minister has so far remained tight-lipped on the issue. 

“I’d love to be able to give you a clear rundown of the countries that we think will be red, amber or green,” said the PM at a press conference on Monday. 

“We won’t be able to do that at this stage.

“As we have said the Global Travel Taskforce has reported but what they have said is that we are really going to need to wait until early May before we can say which countries are on the list.

“You can see some of the troubles and problems that some of our friends are currently having so I think it would be premature to speculate about that.

“I am sorry about that but we will be saying as much as possible as soon as we can before May 17.”