The early May Bank Holiday in 2020 has been moved … book (or rebook) your flights now

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The Government has announced that the May Day bank holiday in 2020 will be moved.

Instead of taking place on Monday 4th May, it will now take place on Friday 8th May.

This is to allow it to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

This has a few implications if you had booked, or were planning to book, flights over that weekend.

2020 May bank holiday moved

If you have already booked a short break for the May Day bank holiday:

If you paid cash, you’re stuck! 

If you booked with Avios, you should be looking to rebook as soon as possible as long as your hotel plans are flexible.  The change fee is £35 per person, but you may prefer to pay this rather than take an extra day of work.

If you haven’t booked anything yet:

You’re in luck!  As this news was only released on Friday, you may find good Avios availability to Europe for the weekend of 8th to 10th May.  

It is also possible that hotels have not yet adjusted their rates, because you would expect to pay a premium over the May bank holiday.

You can find out more about the change on BBC News here.

PS.  It is worth remembering that Spring bank holiday is on 25th May next year.  This gives the potential for an 18 day holiday between Friday 8th May and Monday 25th May which requires just 10 days of leave.

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  1. KirtjE says:

    OT: Is there anything at all that you can do with a small (c. 12,000) Miles & More miles that are due to expire? I know you were once able to move them to Heathrow Rewards, but I think that has stopped. Any help would be appreciated!

    • You can check HR. If not you might need to part-pay a hotel room or buy some tat from WorldShop.

  2. Tilly71 says:

    Anybody know what VF2011 charge on the VA credit card is?

    • Harry got you hooked on Sun Bingo?

      • Ha! That’s definitely what it is!

        Unfortunately my cash back tracked at £10 rather than £25 🙁

        • Tilly71 says:

          Same here, it better uplift as I lost and that’s what the VF2011 charge was & not a cash advance fee! 😎

          • Freddy says:

            Would have thought virgin would have put it through as a cash advance, do they apply cash advance fees for gambling transactions?

          • Shoestring says:

            hang on you guys – I said no good on credit cards

        • Tilly71 says:

          Better put in a claim as today the offer finishes.

    • Harry T says:

      Best to use a debit card? Perhaps Curve linked to VS cards?

  3. Tilly71 says:

    Couldn’t find your first post from this morning, was it removed?

    • 3rd article was the Amex Plat reminder which is now pinned to the top, so it sits there to remind people tomorrow.

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