Tuesday, June 2, 2020

June 2 Update: TAP Air Portugal ready to go with flight specials out of Toronto and British Airways Executive Club changes terms so you can't sue them

TAP Air Portugal is starting to promote the return of their flights out of Toronto for travel in July and beyond. It does appear for the most part that Portugal will begin opening up on July 1 to international travel (their beaches are set to open June 6!) but there will be some restrictions in place (see below for the current requirements of the Azores as an example but this could change). I would recommend reading this page on Visit Portugal to learn more about their opening plans and what it will entail as a Canadian travelling to Portugal. The airline will operate 1 flight per week between Toronto and Lisbon and 2 flights per week between Toronto and Ponta Delgada for the month of July. Flights start at C$309 one way or 29,000 Miles&Go Miles. Of course it is entirely possible that you will have to self-isolate upon return dependent on what transpires with Canadian regulations over the next few weeks and months. And of course due to current lack of travel there is Aeroplan availability on a lot of these flights in both economy and business class. You can learn more and book TAP Air Portugal flights here

Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained;
3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose;
4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
More information at https://covid19.azores.gov.pt    

You may have received an email from British Airways Executive Club outlining changes to the program. Specifically they have added in a term that will not allow you to take British Airways to court over issues arising from the loyalty program or to participate in a class action lawsuit against them. Rather they will use arbitration to resolve each issue individually. As this is a change in the loyalty program and not the flights I assume you can't sue them when your Avios expire, you can't challenge earning or redemption changes etc. However probably the biggest that will arise will be on award tickets and if things go awry with them. Gary at View from the Wing raises the question of the legality of this move and if he is right it is entirely possible BAEC will have to change their terms and conditions again. (Thanks to Rewards Canada reader Andrew S. for reminding me to write about this!)

Airline Schedule Updates
This will now be a standard feature for the foreseeable future in our daily update posts as we summarize Canadian operations based on data from RoutesOnline and other sources. Remember that many of these route plans are subject to change and right now they are changing frequently!

Cathay Pacific s is planning to restore daily service between Vancouver and Hong Kong in July - up from the 2 to 5 flights per week seen this month. Their Toronto-Hong Kong route will resume with three flights per week in July. (Source RoutesOnline)

Korean Air will be continuing with 3 flights per week out of Toronto and 4 per week out of Vancouver for the month of July while bumping the latter up to 5 flights per week in August. (Source RoutesOnline)

Remember to visit and bookmark our COVID-19 resource page where we are keeping you up to date with all the latest airline, hotel, lounges and loyalty program news, policies, closures and more.

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