PUBLISHED: 14:27, Mon, Nov 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:28, Mon, Nov 2, 2020
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.
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Holidays: The Holiday to Help Out scheme launched today (Image: Getty Images)
easyJet holidays is one of the travel operators involved in the scheme (Image: Getty Images)
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 (£77.50) 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