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The HfP chat thread – Tuesday 29th June

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Comments (371)

  • Si says:

    Good amex BP fuel offers available. mixture of spend £30 get either £5 or £10 back spread across all my cards. Limited numbers available.

  • pauldb says:

    Plenty of Wimbledon tickets availability for Thursday/Friday this morning. (need to login to myWimbledon first).

    • The Lord says:

      Cheers, bagged a pair for Friday centre court. With the Covid restrictions this year can you still go view all the outer courts with a centre court ticket?

    • YC says:

      Centre court is gone. Do we know if Amex ticketmaster has exclusive set of tickets for sale at 10am? Or I should bite the bullet and buy Court no.1?

    • YC says:

      Do you know what time they released these tickets? And if this is done daily for the next day?

      • pauldb says:

        They release Mon-Wed on Saturday morning, then Thur/Friday this morning. So I would imagine Saturday (and maybe more) appears Thursday morning but it could come sooner.

  • Anna says:

    Has anyone seen a definitive version of the current requirements to enter the Canary Islands (though obviously this could change at any time!) I have variously read that you don’t need a pre-departure test to enter the islands, that you do unless you’re vaccinated/recovered and that all travellers need one if they are staying in tourist accommodation (which of course applies to most people departing the UK. It’s really confusing. The official Spanish government website is not much help as it just seems to have a list of regions it classes as “risk” but not what the entry requirements are.

    • Sandgrounder says:

      This is the official tourism portal for the region, so should be up to date:

    • Cats are best says:

      I believe the change is that UK becomes a ‘risk’ third country, so UK pax will need PCR test or EU/WHO approved vaccine etc., in addition to completing the Spanish pre-travel form.

      For definitive info I think you will need to wait for the new country list to be formally published, presumably later this week.

      This site is with the full rules and list…

      • Anna says:

        Thanks – maybe I’m just not seeing it but this just seems to have a list of countries but no details as to what’s actually required?!

        Tui travel website is saying no exemptions and everyone needs a PCR test which I’m not sure is right but certainly encourages people to buy their testing packages!

        • Cats are best says:

          The test vaccine/requirements are ‘hidden’ in the Health Control Form tab.

          The site linked by Sandgrounder has the easy to read summary of these, for the county list it points back to the site.

          I just got back from there, entry to ACE a couple of weeks ago required only the FCS form, no checking for a PCR test which is needed if staying in a hotel (it’s up to accommodation provider to check guest’s test status).

          What will change is blanket requirement for a PCR test to enter, presumably within 48 hours prior to entry, but again I think we need to wait for the site to update.

          I’m hoping to be back there in a few weeks so watching closely!

          • Sandgrounder says:

            The official websites are not great. A flow chart or a decision tree tool would not be hard to create and would be a welcome addition.

          • Anna says:

            Thanks, let us know if you see anything! I have emailed the place where we are booked to stay asking for specific clarification about Tenerife and tourist accommodation requirements but it only re-opened yesterday and you never know in any case whether anyone actually monitors communications in resorts!

    • Chris Heyes says:

      Anna Daughter off to Lanzarote 16th Aug but with 2 boys but can’t self-isolate on return as oldest starts High-school Sept and she’s a care-worker overseeing young asylum seekers awaiting decision’s. so could be bad news, missed holiday last year, but got her money back
      She doesn’t hold hope of getting it back with voluntary cancel
      Unfortunatly not in same position as us she can only afford one holiday a year
      That’s main reason I’ve said she can come Dubrovnik with us next year

      • Tracey says:

        Is there time for day5 TTR?
        Or wait and see if the daily LFT to avoid isolation becomes a reality.

    • Tracey says:

      My understanding is that tourist accommodation requires a test, even if entry to the islands doesn’t.

    • marcw says:

      To visit the Canary Islands, there are two regulations in place:
      -1st: international arrivals. The international border restrictions are set by the Spanish Gov. From Thu, you will need vaccination record, proof of disease recovery, or test (PCR or similars, antigen test are also valid) within 48h of arrival into Spain. Everyone entering Spain must fill the SpHealth questionnaire. <12 are exempt.
      -2nd: staying in regulated tourist accommodation. These rules are set by the regional government of the Canary Islands. (Point 3 of the site linked below/above). Diagnostic tests within 72h of arrival, vaccination (full schedule or at least 1 dose at least 14 days prior to arrival) or proof of recovery. Children <12yo, are exempt of these regulations.

      • marcw says:

        In summary, if you’ve been vaccinated with the full schedule, you are all good. No tests required.
        If you haven’t been vaccinated, you need a negative COVID-19 diagnostics test (PCR, TMA or antigen) within 48h of entering Spain, or proof of recovery (max 6 months).

        • marcw says:

          **if you have been vaccinated with the full schedule, you are all good. No tests required.**

        • Anna says:

          Thanks marcw – so
          Me and husband – vaccinated so no test required
          Nephew – ditto as recovered from Covid last month, just needs GP letter
          Son – needs test (but this will only be required at our accommodation, not at border control)?

          • marcw says:

            If he hasn’t bee vaccinated, and it’s older than 12yo, test is required to enter Spain (it can be PCR, TMA or antigen test, within 48h of arrival).

  • marie says:

    Can i use an e-voucher for a cancelled flight towards a BA holiday ?
    so close to booking mallorca now
    or jersey
    arrgh !

  • Laura says:

    Hard Rock Hotel has 1971 nights available to book for £71 using discount code 1971. Only available Sunday-Thursday

    • BSI1978 says:

      Is there a special link/page to avail of this offer? Not working for me unless location or dates are restricted?

    • njb says:

      Thanks Laura – are entry level rooms OK? Might take a punt as rate is non refundable but I don’t mind so much for &£71!

    • Memesweeper says:

      Thanks! Booked twice

  • MrIO says:

    Hi, does anyone know how long the credit takes to post on the dell offer? From experience most AMEX offers post quickly but nothing yet on my AMEX plat credit? I did check I was fully signed up prior to purchasing. Thanks

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      Mine took about three working days for the purchase to exit pending but then the credit was immediate.

      • MrIO says:

        Thanks. I will keep an eye out for it.

      • Mr(s) Entitled says:

        Just checked the dates:

        22/6 Purchase
        24/6 Date of record that Amex records the purchase as pending
        25/6 Item arrives
        28/6 Purchase clears Amex, credit applied.

  • Paul says:

    Good to see Aerlingus have extended their flights from Belfast to Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham until end of Oct, not sure if the pricing has been loaded wrong though. I was looking at a long weekend in September and the cheapest saver ticket was over £100 each way and it’s the same for most dates. I can get a return with Easyjet with luggage for less than that….

    • Kevin D says:

      Yep. Manchester the same. £240 return for few days in September. Surprised. I really thought they would be competitive to steal passengers from EZY. I’m sure they’ve done their research and think they can fill seats at this price but surely this is a more leisure/price sensitive market at this current time.

      • Memesweeper says:

        EasyJet fly from a dump of an airfield half way to Muff though, and Belfast City is the airport *in* Belfast. I’ll pay a premium for that.

  • Mike says:

    Just a reminder for those eligible that Blue Light Card 10 % discount at Morrisons is only valid until 30 Jun 21. Great pity as stacked with wine buy 6 to get 25 % discount to create 35% off (many happy bottles)

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