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  • r* says:

    Can you now use a lateral flow test to enter portugal from the uk?

    I used a PCR previously but now looks like either can be used. If so, does anyone know if a prenetics lateral flow would be sufficient as it doesnt seem to require passport number, its just the part about needing ‘clear identification of the laboratory including the certification’ that Im not sure of.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, lateral flow is fine. I would guess prenetics is fine – if it is good enough for ‘fit to fly’ it should be fine to get in.

  • SteveKicks says:

    Apparently you can now get a return to uk test for £10 from chronomics, with code BritishAirways17.

    Anyone tried it?

      • Yorkieflyer says:

        Curious, how do you “confirm it” with them? We’ve use the Qured video method a few times now. DIY seems easier than queueing at some local outfit though IMED in Spain were fine even if the fella did try to lobotomise me

        • SteveKicks says:

          With ‘Project Screen’ which is very similar, you just have to upload a photo of the test result and wait for them to confirm it.
          Probably easy to fake if you really want to

    • Jek says:

      I used it. You have to upload a photo of the test for the certificate.

      The ordering form is confusing – make sure to enter the departure from the UK dates instead of the arrival back in the UK dates, otherwise your test will not arrive on time.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Was gonna use a date a week earlier. How long did it take to come.

        • Jek says:

          It arrived 8 days before the date of the flight. It was showing an expected dispatch date and that was met.

    • Alex says:

      Can I buy it flying with another company, not BA?

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Since they never ask for any flight details to confirm a BA booking I’d say so

        • Alex says:

          That’s my assumption as well, thank you TGLoyalty. Unbelievably cheap, will give it a go for some future travel.

    • Saiz says:

      Can this be used as a Fit To Fly for traveling to countries that accept an antigen test like the USA? Why are they advertising it as use for only when returning to the UK?

      • BP says:

        Wondering the same. Assume it can but wouldn’t want to have it rejected because of wording.

      • Saiz says:

        Careful, I just ordered 4 and it was showing £40 but got charged £100 and the email confirmation showed £100 somehow. I have emailed them. Hopefully it was an error on their part.

        • Alex says:

          I ordered 2, page was saying total £20 but the email confirmation and pending transaction on my card are £40. Weird.

  • Keely says:

    Just used twilight bag drop at T5, in
    and out in less than 8 mins . Can’t fault that!

    • Saiz says:

      Do you have to park the car and pay parking or is it like a kerb-side drop off facility that you have in USA?

  • SSR BAQ says:

    If I book an Iberia points redemption through BA is it possible to take a FTV?

  • James says:

    Im still struggling to parse the 241 voucher changes- specifically if I should upgrade my freebie BA card to the prem one, given that my spending this card year currently sits at around £14K… it really is a balancing act! At this stage, with COVID being COVID, one of the key things for me is the validity period. Anyone got any insights here? thank you!

    • Rob says:

      Post Sep 1st, it’s simple: do you want an Economy 2-4-1 (free card) or an ‘any class’ 241 (paid card)?

      Here’s your snag. On 1st September, you will trigger a 241 economy voucher on your free card. If you don’t want this, you need to upgrade before then.

  • Dubious says:

    I thought the regulatory pricing regime for Heathrow (as well as some other UK airports) is open for consultation each review cycle. Would it not be more effective to make a note of when the next review period is due and raise these various issues commented here today for the regulator to consider?

    • JDB says:

      There is an independent advisory body – the Consumer Challenge Board that provides input to the CAA regulatory reviews on behalf of consumers.

    • JDB says:

      The overall consultation on the current H7 Heathrow price control review is expected to end in December 2021 (although the consumer element has now passed), with a final decision in February 2022.

  • Dylan says:

    Re. current bonus for Amex supplementary cards. Do they trigger a credit or address check? Just wondering if there’s anything to stop siblings/parents being signed up without their knowledge…

    • Rob says:

      There is an electronic ID check but the card is posted to you, so as long as all details are correct …

  • Stephen says:

    Double vaccinated adult daughter testing positive shortly before our holiday in August to Greece. Still showing on LFD a few days before release. Anybody got experience with how long LFDs continue to show positive – main concern here is the random on arrival test in Greece. I’m guessing we are not going anyway but just wondering. Really annoying. It’s only LFD to come back but think also the day two PCR after return could be positive from what I’ve heard.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      NHS app now shows previous positive results too so you’ll have proof of recent prior infection.

      • Stephen says:

        True. Wont you still need to get through the possible LFD hurdle on arrival and then for coming home? If we could be sure that it won’t show up on LFD before we go would be more reassuring hence question about timeframes for showing up.

    • Zoe says:

      I would be picking up a couple of boxes of the free tests from your local chemist (don’t be truthful about what you want them for, say you want to check regularly before visiting your Mum). Then use them daily, hopefully in a week they will be showing negative.

      • Stephen says:

        That’s our plan! Hopefully line starts weakening soon – no sign of that in the last week.

    • SteveKicks says:

      If she’s positive for covid, she shouldn’t be travelling.
      Don’t try to get around it, not fair for everyone else onboard the flight

      Unfortunate but she needs to stay at home

      • Rob says:

        Er … that’s not what he’s saying.

        He’s saying he is going on holiday in a few weeks, that his daughter currently or very recently had covid, and wants to know how long after the infection has gone she will still test positive due to leftover virus left in her system.

        • Stephen says:

          Thanks. Exactly what I was wondering.

          • Stephen says:

            And I’m imagine this is something that is affecting 1000s of potential travellers given that we are talking about 1 in 70 with the virus in the latest ONS infection survey.

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