A passport warning for Brits headed to Portugal and more news from this week

May 28, 2022

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Each Saturday, we round up the top miles, points and travel news that you might have missed on TPG U.K. this week. Here’s what you need to know:

Heading to Portugal? Remember to get your passport stamped says Foreign Office

The warning comes weeks after Portugal became the first EU nation to let U.K. travellers use the fast-track e-gate system at customs.

Passport wait times dramatically reduced — how long should it now take?

Speaking during PMQs at the House of Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered some positive news on the delays when quizzed about the passport chaos by Labour Party leader Sir Kier Starmer.

Virgin Atlantic quietly removes the ability to view Flying Club award availability by month

In what is hopefully just a temporary change, you cannot currently search for Flying Club award availability by month.

Want to avoid surging European hotel prices? Try these countries

As we revealed on Wednesday, the average cost of a hotel room has already surpassed pre-pandemic prices across much of Europe. And it is showing little signs of slowing before the end of the year.

Earn 2,500 bonus Virgin Points for automatically converting Tesco Clubcard vouchers

Virgin Red and Tesco are — once again — making it easy for members to earn bonus Virgin Points. Get 2,500 bonus points with a simple switch for a limited time only.

10 common travel scams, and how to protect yourself when travelling

Safety is important when planning travel, so we’ve compiled a list of common travel scams, how to spot them and ways to protect your wallet and personal information while you’re away from home.

British Airways Gold Upgrade Vouchers can now be redeemed on American Airlines

The valuable upgrade vouchers provided to gold status members of the Executive Club programme have just become even more valuable.

Save 15% on Radisson Rewards award nights when you book by 31 May

Get a 15% on Radisson Rewards award bookings for stays through the end of 2022 if you book by 31 May.

Everything travellers need to know about the new Heathrow connecting Elizabeth Line

Starting 24 May, the city of London will open its Elizabeth Line Crossrail service that will connect Heathrow Airport with the city. The service is expected to be fully connected by the fall.

7 things to check when buying travel insurance, according to an expert

We spoke to travel insurance specialist Michael Pettifer, Managing Director of MPI Brokers, for some tips on how to be smart when buying travel insurance.

The cost of an ESTA to enter the US will increase this month

From Thursday, the Esta fee is going up by $7 (£5.50), bringing the cost of a 90-day trip to the country to $21 (£16.60).

7 European destinations ideal for a cheap family vacation

These are some of the most affordable European destinations to take your family on a budget.

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