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Don’t forget the 4-day Jubilee Bank Holiday in June 2022

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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 5 months away, it is worth thinking about it now because you may still be able to pick up a decent reward flight to escape it all!

For most people, you would get a 4-day short break without having to take any time off work.

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 has been moved from a Monday to Thursday 2nd June
  • an additional Bank Holiday has been 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.

Where to book

SeatSpy has an interesting ‘Where Can I Go?’ feature available to paid subscribers.

You input the dates (exact dates or a range) when you want to depart and return and SeatSpy can tell you which British Airways or Virgin Atlantic routes have award availability in the travel classes you specify.

I looked for long haul British Airways routes with 2 x Business Class seats available, travelling out on Thursday 2nd June and returning on Sunday 5th June. Realistic options – given that it’s only four days – include Boston, Washington, Bahrain, Delhi and Mumbai.

If you are willing to return on Monday 6th June, lots more options open up including New York, Houston and Doha. If you felt you could handle the jet leg, Rio, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires are also available.

There are obviously huge numbers of European routes with Avios seats.

Think twice before booking any non-refundable hotel rooms, however. Whilst we are only looking five months ahead, The Queen is 95 …..

Comments (150)

  • Johnanous says:

    These comments 🤣 are we not free to decide what we want to do on our long bank holiday weekend? I don’t think the queen will think any differently of you for staying at home!

  • Marc says:

    Strangely so many on HfP will be piling in to Dubai and Abu Dhabi that weekend – which are both monarchies – except their monarchs are autocratic men worth hundreds billions – due to their hard work of course, no corruption or nepotism there of course.
    Meanwhile our Queen just gets on with it, never complaing or moaning, just costing us about 50p a year. Fine for me.

    • Geoff 1977 says:

      “ never complaing or moaning”

      Good point. I’m so full of admiration for her not moaning about her lot in life. She’s drawn the short straw in life but just gets on with things

      • Mike says:

        Geoff – that is the point, she just gets on with it – with no complaint. 70 years of selfless commitment to society.

        • Geoff 1977 says:

          Must be difficult sitting on your bottom doing nothing for 70 years. Poor woman has it so tough.

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