Holiday to help out scheme officially launches offering cheap post-lockdown travel deals

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Lockdown measures are set to hit on England Thursday, sending people back into their homes and banning international travel for all. However, a new scheme launching today is offering discounted deals on future holidays with some big-name brands including easyJet holidays and Virgin Voyages.

The new initiative, dubbed “Holiday to Help Out”, takes inspiration from the earlier “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme, though has no association with the Government.

Airlines and travel operators have joined forces, promising discounts of as much as 50 percent, as well as opportunities for room upgrades.

Running between November 2 and November 8 the scheme offers deals on holidays from 2020 right through to 2022.

Launched by TTG, the Holiday to Help out programme aims to create “excitement about travel” amongst holiday-starved Britons.

EasyJet holidays is offering £50 every booking worth £800 or more.

The deal is applicable to holidays on or before October 31 2021.

Virgin Voyages is offering $100 ( ) worth of cruise credit onboard any 2020, 2021 or 2022 cruise.

Celebrity Cruises is offering $100 onboard spend with every stateroom sold, based on two people sharing.

Sophie Griffiths, the editor of TTG who has launched the initiative, said: “This industry has consistently been let down by the powers that be in Westminster so we decided to take matters into our own hands to shine some positivity on travel and try and kick-start the market by driving customers through agents’ doors.

“Inspired by the chancellor’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme, we hope the Holiday To Help Out initiative will create similar excitement about travel and prompt customers to go and talk to their local travel agent about booking the holiday of their dreams.”

Though the varying lockdown measures across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales make travel less certain the initiative allows them to look to a brighter future. 

Other partners involved in the scheme include Celebrity Cruises, Sandals Resorts, Dubai’s Atlantic the Palm Resort, Emerald Waterways and Uniworld.

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EasyJet holidays is offering £50 every booking worth £800 or more.

The deal is applicable to holidays on or before October 31 2021.

Virgin Voyages is offering $100 ( ) worth of cruise credit onboard any 2020, 2021 or 2022 cruise.

Celebrity Cruises is offering $100 onboard spend with every stateroom sold, based on two people sharing.

Sandals Resorts is offering a £100 discount on bookings made for 2022.

Atlantis The Palm Resort, in Dubai, is promising a complimentary upgrade to Platinum Half Board – including unlimited free alcohol and dining at 12 restaurants – on bookings until March 12, 2021.

However, bookings between December 9, 2020, and January 9, 2021, are not included.

It comes as TTG hit out at the Government for their rapid U-turn on travel.

Though travel corridors had been implemented, allowing for quarantine-free travel to certain destinations, under the lockdown rule travel to any destination is now banned.

Travel industry insiders say they were not warned or briefed about the Prime Minister’s sudden decision.

“This industry has consistently been let down by the powers that be in Westminster – Holiday To Help Out is a chance for the sector to take matters into its own hands,” explains TTG’s website.

“If this campaign was important before, it is critical now.

“At a time when ministers continue to ignore and/or fail to understand the unique financial position of agents and why they need additional support as they now grapple once again with refunds and business closures, the industry’s support for one another remains more vital than ever.”

Furthermore, travel industry leaders have slammed the Government’s latest draconian move.

easyJet Holidays boss Garry Wilson labelled it “disappointing”.

Meanwhile, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary suggested the Government “provide refunds to passengers themselves”.

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