The Advantage Travel Partnership has launched a partnership with a Covid-19 testing specialist which enables the consortium’s members to give discount codes to customers.
Earlier this month, Randox Health confirmed it had cut the price of a Covid-19 PCR test to £60 in response to the UK government’s calls to drive down the cost of testing, to make travel financially viable for British holidaymakers.
Agencies that are members of Advantage can pass the offer directly to their customers, significantly cutting the cost of test requirements for overseas travel.
Randox Health usually charges £120 but the code obtained via travel agents means that customers can buy the tests at the reduced price.
The customer can access the Randox website and use the code to purchase the discounted test.
The kit will be sent to the customer’s home address where they will do the test and then drop it at one of the 120 drop boxes or partner clinics across the UK.
The swabs are collected by the Randox logistics network and taken to a lab for processing. The results will be sent back to the customer within 24 hours.
Kelly Cookes, leisure director at Advantage, said: ‘We know travellers are not deterred by doing a test if it means they can go on holiday; however, for a family of four the cost of testing was prohibitive.
“Providing our agents with this outstanding discount code for government-approved tests means travel once more becomes financially viable.
“This partnership with Randox Health means we can provide our members with additional added value to pass onto their customers. It really does pay to book with a human travel agent.”
Dr Peter FitzGerald, Randox managing director, added: “In recognition of the needs of both the travel industry and the British public at this unprecedented time, Randox will reduce the all-inclusive cost of PCR testing for those in the UK undertaking international travel to £60 per test.
“We can see the pressures faced by both the travel industry and the general public and are committed to effective and economical testing to support holidaymakers and those undertaking international travel.”