To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, the Government has undertaken a big shake-up of the late May Bank Holiday.
Whilst this is still 55 weeks away, it is worth mentioning now because Avios seats for this period will be bookable next month.
If you want a 4-day short break without having to take any time off work, you should start planning now and be ready to book Avios flights as soon as they are available, 355 days in advance.
What is happening for the June 2022 Jubilee Bank Holiday?
The Government is planning a 4-day “blockbuster weekend of celebrations” to celebrate The Queen’s 70 year reign.
If you’d rather poke yourself in the eye with a sharp stick, or simply don’t trust any event organised by the Govenment to be worth attending, it is a great opportunity for a short break abroad.
This is what is happening:
- the second May Bank Holiday will be moved from a Monday to Thursday 2nd June
- an additional Bank Holiday will be created on Friday 3rd June
This allows you to book a holiday from 2nd to 5th June without requiring any time off work, assuming you have a traditional Monday to Friday work pattern.
I want to flag one potential issue. Sunday 5th June, as well as being the last day of the Jubilee weekend, is also the last day of half term for many families. You will be competing with them for return flights. It may make more sense to take one day off work, have a five day holiday and return on Monday 6th June.
When to book
With Avios tickets bookable 355 days in advance, seats should open up on 12th June. It gives you just under a month to make plans.
I suspect that it will be an exceptionally heavy weekend for leisure travel so I would look to book sooner rather than later, remembering that Avios tickets can always be cancelled for a £35 per person fee.
Think twice before booking any non-refundable hotel rooms, however. There is a 23.37% chance that Her Majesty will not celebrate her Platinum Jubilee. In such a case, the extra Bank Holiday could be cancelled with the standard one moved back to its usual spot of Monday 30th May.