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  • Harry T says:

    Hong Kong SAR has extended its mandatory 14 day quarantine for international visitors until the end of 2020.

  • Wes says:

    Has anyone had any luck with Covid insurance claims for non-refundable but ‘voucher given’ bookings?

    Virgin (my policy doesn’t exclude Covid claims) have rejected my claim for two expenses ( a hotel and a flight) claiming that as I’ve been offered a voucher it’s technically a refundable booking.

    To me there’s a big difference between getting your money back and a piece of paper which you may or may not be able to use, and all have different terms (eg would Virgin say this if my voucher was valid for a day??)

    Any insights much appreciated!

    • ao40 says:

      Yes, Halifax Clarity have credited me for a flight that the (foreign) airline refused to refund and only offered to rebook within 12 months, even though it was cancelled.

      • ao40 says:

        Should have said that was a credit card s75 rather than insurance, in case it was not obvious.

    • Charlieface says:

      Open and shut in your favour, I feel. Tell the you’ll take them to the ombudsman if they don’t play ball

  • Colin says:

    “ BREAKING: Govt to announce shortly that tourists in Spain will have to quarantine for two weeks when they return (unless they’re back by midnight tonight). Second wave of Covid-19 there has prompted decision to kick Spain off the safe country list”

    From Tim Shipman of the Sunday Times.

    Could be nonsense of course.

    • Kipto says:

      Saw that. Will be cancelling our flights to Ibiza a week after next.

    • Anna says:

      Reported on a few websites now. I cancelled my trip to Andalusia anyway but I’m wondering if this will extend to the Balearics & Canaries given they seem to have had lower infection rates all along. You are closer to the Spanish mainland in several other countries than the Canaries!

      • Hugh Jardon says:

        Ah, the Balearics, someone after my own heart, Carthusian Ibiza an unparalleled experience,

    • Craig says:

      Grant Shapps is on holiday in Spain!

      • Colin says:

        I’m sure he’ll quarantine 😂

        • Anna says:

          Obviously that was why there was an air bridge for 2 weeks, so he could get to his villa safely 😤

      • old bob says:

        I had a helluva night last night at the Langley, fabulous spread, I can’t remember much after about 10.30 but nevertheless I would recommend it to anyone. I was chatting in the bar waiting for Mrs Bob to appear, got talking to a chap with awful breath who turned out to be an estate agent, and terrible bore, I can never understand how they think that selling houses is interesting.

    • Lady London says:

      is Rhys still in Ibiza? so this one wasnt cancelled but now he gets yo quarantine for 2 weeks?

  • Kevin says:

    May I know if Amex shop small offer can be redeem multiple for one shop or just one off per shop?

    • mark2 says:

      Once per card per merchant, so you can use supplementaries if you have saved the offer for them.

  • Alan says:

    IHG “Earn up to 4x Bonus Points”
    Have I misread things?
    First stay after registering: paid £65 and got 760 Base points and 1520 bonus points = 2280 total
    However, as long-term Spire, always get 100% bonus points anyway.
    I thought I would get 760 Base + 760 Spire + 1520 Bonus = 3040 points total.
    Anyone else got same IE bonus but not status?
    Any thoughts?

    • Rob says:

      Sounds right … 2x base points on your first stay (ie standard points plus another lot) plus Spire bonus.

  • MinR says:

    If Spain is on the quarantine list now, but flights aren’t refundable, would I be able to claim against my Platinum Amex Travel insurance? The flight hasn’t been cancelled.

    • Harry T says:

      Probably but I would check the terms and conditions of your policy.

    • Anna says:

      All but essential travel now advised against to the Spanish (mainland only for now) so that may have an impact.

      • pauldb says:

        The FCO advice only covers the mainland, but the quarantine-on-return requirement covers the whole of Spain inc islands.

        • Rob says:

          Yes, work of genius. If you’re off to the islands you can’t claim on your travel insurance as the F&CO still says it is safe.

          • Charlieface says:

            Quarantine is a dog’s breakfast anyway and isn’t being enforced

          • Cat says:

            It may not be being enforced, but do it anyway.

            If you’re unwilling, phone up every relative over 70, every friend with asthma, diabetes, a heart condition, a relative over 70, or who is pregnant, immunocompromised, or a bit chubby and explain to them why.

            Or just be an adult.

          • Colin says:

            “ Quarantine is a dog’s breakfast anyway and isn’t being enforced”

            Good luck trying to explain to your employer why you’ve not complied if they find out for some reason and you’ve turned up to work.

  • Anna says:

    It’s now being reported that government is now advising against all but essential travel to the Spanish mainland. I haven’t worked out what this means for people travelling in the next couple of weeks!

    • Colin says:

      It’s obviously a pain in the bottom but unfortunately it’s a known risk at the moment. There’s always some risk of something happening which could end or disrupt a holiday but these days “buyer beware” is a lot more relevant.

      • Patrycja says:

        We are in Mallorca at the moment and due to come back tomorrow. Balearics and Canary Islands are exempt from FCO travel advice. Shame we will have to self-isolate on return but it was worth it as we had a great week away.

        • Colin says:

          This is an important point. Quarantine doesn’t mean you can’t go to Spain. If you’re able to work from home then it’s no big deal.

          • JustinJ says:

            True, but as we have just seen with Tui, airlines will start to cancel their flights.

          • Crafty says:

            And not leave to exercise, walk the dog, go shopping, or for any other reason.

      • Paul74 says:


    • Lady London says:

      Has covid resurged there then?

  • Vit says:

    RE: Elaine J. Looking for covid-19 test 72 hours before departure.

    Not sure if it is any help as you base down in Wales but if you can maybe contact TAC Healthcare Group. I’ve got tested last Sunday in ABZ and the result came back less than 24 hours before I had to leave th UK.

    Country such as Thailand does require these covid test results within 72 hours of departure date so I’m sure this can be done in the UK.

    Sorry I could not provide more info as it has been all arranged by my employer but maybe if you give TAC a call they might be able to help out.

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