A NEW holiday discount scheme has been launched by airlines and tour operators in the UK, which includes bargains such as 50 per cent off or free room upgrades.

The new initiative, called Holiday to Help Out, also includes brands such as easyJet Holidays and Virgin Voyages.

Running from November 2 to November 8, the scheme offers the discounts for holidays booked for future travel from 2020 to 2022.

It has been launched by TTG, and isn't backed by the government.

Sophie Griffiths, 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.”

Despite the recent lockdown announcement, which has stopped any travel from November 5 until December 2, families can still take advantage of the bargains if heading abroad next year.

Other brands include cruises such as Uniworld and Celebrity Cruises, as well as hotels and tourist offices – to take advantage of the deals, you must book through a tour operator listed on the website.

Here are some of the biggest deals you can take advantage of, as long as you book this week.

EasyJet Holidays

£50 off per bookings, with a minimum spend of £800 per booking.

Holidays must be completed by October 31, 2021.

Egypt Tourist Board

Five per cent off Discover Egypt holidays departing in 2021 and 2022, when departing from London Heathrow.

Deals include a ten-night holiday from £1,545 or a seven night Nile cruise holiday from £1,245.

Virgin Voyages

$100 US onboard credit on any 2020, 2021 or 2022 cruise.

Celebrity Cruises

$100 onboard spend with every stateroom, based on two people sharing.

Sandals Resorts

£100 off Sandals Resorts bookings for 2022.

Atlantis The Palm Resort, Dubai

Complimentary upgrade to Platinum Half Board which includes free unlimited alcohol and dining at 12 restaurants.

Available for bookings until March 12, 2021, but excluding from December 9, 2020 toJanuary 9, 2021.

Just You

Free case of wine when you book a Just You holiday.

Intrepid Travel

Up to 15% off bookings for holidays until December 14, 2021.

No.1 Lounges

50% discount off all of the No1 Lounges portfolio, which includes London airports, Birmingham, Manchester, East Midlands and Edinburgh.

Clubrooms are reduced from £38 to £19 while lounges are reduced from £32/£28 to £16/£14.

Emerald Waterways

Free all inclusive upgrade (premium drinks package) on European River Cruises departing in 2021.

Or, €150 onboard credit per cabin on European River Cruises departing in 2022.

Other initiatives have been launched during the lockdown to help struggling industries.

The scheme follows on from 'Eat Out to Help Out' launched by the government which offered discounts when dining out.

HOSPA's 'Sleep Over to Help Turnover' scheme has also seen success, offering similar discounts and freebies at hotels.

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