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The HfP chat thread – Friday 23rd July

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Comments (384)

  • r* says:

    If you have a randox day 2 test that was supposed to be used for one trip but ended up not being needed, can you just keep it for a later trip without needing to change anything? Their delivery is so bad, the day 2 test is only delivered in time to be a day 5 test.

  • Amy says:

    My flights to Cape Town booked with Qatar teacher’s promo has been cancelled. I am weighing my options whether to reschedule or ask for a refund.

    I know some people were denied boarding earlier this year, as per the comments on FT. Does anyone has a recent experience of boarding the plane and was Qatar too insistent on a letter with a stamp from the school authorities?

  • Jody says:

    Currently sat chilling on our balcony watching the sea roll by. Second staycation cruise of four, this one is on P&O.

    Hour and 25 minutes from entering the car queue for lateral flow test to being on the ship.

    It’s my birthday today, hence the cruise, so planning on having a lovely relaxing day. Weather is gorgeous, life is good!

    • Craig says:

      Happy birthday Jody, have a great day.

    • Anna says:

      Happy Birthday Jody, that sounds a lovely way to spend it! Where are you visiting?

    • The Urbanite says:

      Happy Birthday!

    • Reney says:

      I’ve been considering taking a staycation cruise, any particular one you would recommend? I have never been on a cruise, is it fun when you don’t dock anywhere?

  • Bagoly says:

    re Canada to allow fully-vaccinated to enter without quarantine.
    https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2021/07/easing-border-measures-for-fully-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada—permitting-discretionary-travel-for-citizens-and-permanent-residents-of-th.html
    Initially only US citizens or permanent residents – other countries to follow.

    Allow entry of unvaccinated children under 12 years of age, or unvaccinated dependent children (due to a mental or physical condition), who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently residing in the U.S. and who are accompanying a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor who either has a right to enter Canada (e.g. Canadian citizens and permanent residents),

    So does that mean that generally children 12-17 will need to be vaccinated to avoid quarantine?
    The USA is vaccinating 12-17 year olds.
    The NHS is generally not doing so.
    So Canada is likely to be off the holiday destinations list for UK families with teenage children for some time?
    I think Malta is the same.
    If this becomes standard, will the UK government be able to resist vaccinating 12-17 year olds?

    • Anna says:

      I don’t think somehow that the government will allow teenagers to be vaccinated just so they can accompany their parents on holiday. I think the best we can hope for is that they will be able to enter certain countries with a negative PCR test, as per some European destinations currently.
      Pretty soon it’s going to be only the UK which hasn’t vaccinated this age group.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Many of those countries are struggling to get the adult % required so have resorted to kids. Shameful.

      • Tracey says:

        No, but they will look at it to avoid an outbreak when the kids go back to school.

      • JDB says:

        There was an interesting programme about this by Tim Harford the other day. There is a serious shortage of Pfizer/Moderna vaccine at the moment beyond what is already reserved for second doses and booked first doses. That will resolve itself by mid-September or so when the advice will no doubt change and vaccines will probably be offered to older teenagers.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yes because it should be about the medical risk vs benefit to a developing child not going on a bloody holiday.

      • Tracey says:

        Pfizer is licensed for age 12+. Just a matter of time before we start on the kids. Politically we have to finish second vaccinating the 18+ group first.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          1) that’s nice but its emergency use approval right now
          2) full approval won’t be for another year or so
          3) Politically and medically it should be able risk to the patient vs benefit to the patient. benefit to anyone else should be secondary.

      • Anna says:

        Agree with this, but it’s not just about holidays though, many families haven’t been able to see each other since the start of the pandemic. I don’t think the answer is necessarily to start vaccinating 12 year olds but a strict testing regime would mitigate a lot if the risk that unvaccinated youngsters pose.

  • Degsy says:

    Seatspy starting to show (some) UC availability on some of Virgin’s Caribbean routes these next few months…..

  • vol says:

    Hello everyone, are Hahn Air flights still operational between Dusseldorf and Luxembourg? I remember HfP doing an article on it just before everything went to hell with CV19, but expedia doesn’t seem to have any flight availability for it :-/

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    Mountain Warehouse on Nectar Connect today

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      Also how long are transactions taking to post for everyone? Specifically Costa and Just Eat

  • Rory says:

    I’m headed abroad (Middle East) for work next month. Never been bothered by FX fees before, but looking to try and avoid them now. Got the Amex Personal Platinum and a debit card from my bank but both have fees. Anyone got some good recommendations? Cheers!

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