Month: December 2016

Ten ways to save money on your holiday flights

Book early for the best deals, say travel agents; January and February are the busiest months for tour operators as families book for the summer. But research has found that while you should book ahead for short journeys on such airlines as Ryanair or easyJet, it’s better to wait until much later for the best deals on long-haul flights. The best time to book a short-haul flight is at least 70 days (2.5 months) in advance of flying, according to online booking agent Tripsta. But if it’s a long-haul destination that you’re after – such as New York, Bangkok...

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The Platt Effect, The Trump Slump and BYO on board

Andrew Shelton, managing director of flight search and travel deals website,, unveils its predictions of the hottest travel trends of 2017. 1. What a carry on! Hand luggage only please With British Airways announcing charges for food on board this year, the beginning of the end for all-inclusive airlines has officially arrived. The majority of carriers are adopting the no frills model of charging for anything they can, and the consumer has voted with their luggage with stats showing already 22% are willing to travel hand luggage only. This number will increase in 2017 as savvy travellers pack...

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APT celebrates 90th anniversary with cruise sale

Tour operator APT is popping the cork on a huge year in 2017, celebrating 90 years from running a local bus route in Melbourne to cruising the Danube. The Danube running through Budapest. To mark the occasion, APT is giving holidaymakers the chance to set sail for less in 2017 with a wide range of special ‘wave season’ deals. The special 90th Anniversary Sale, which runs until 28 February, will offer a range of great value deals across some of the operator’s most popular European and Asian river cruises and touring options. As part of the cruise promotion, couples...

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Brits stranded by sand storms in Cape Verde

Brits hoping to fly to or from Cape Verde are being told to contact their travel company or airline for updates as sand storms are causing severe flight problems. Some holidaymakers due to fly out of Boa Vista on Christmas Day and Boxing Day with Thomson Airways are still on the island and there are newspaper reports of ‘growing tensions’ as they have no idea when they will get home. Thomson Airways updated its website yesterday afternoon to say flights from Boa Vista to Manchester, Gatwick and Birmingham ‘have been delayed until further notice and will depart as soon as we are able to safely operate into Boa Vista airport’. Flights out of Manchester to Boa Vista on Christmas Day and Boxing Day were diverted to the neighbouring island of Sal. However, Thomson said yesterday: “As there has been no improvement in the weather in Boa Vista customers will be brought back to Manchester today and have the option of a full refund or transfer to an alternative holiday.” Thomson said it hoped a Birmingham to Boa Vista flight would depart today, ‘weather permitting’.The Foreign Office has updated its advice to say: “Sand storms from the Sahara are affecting local and international flights across […] Click here to read the complete article:...

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Top safety tips when flying with small children

According to findings of a new study being published using years of data from tracking in-flight medical emergencies, the most common injuries of in-flight medical events (IFME) were burns, contusions and lacerations, which were most commonly caused by spilled hot beverages or soups, followed by falls from the seat involving lap infants. PHOENIX, ARIZONA – MedAire , an International SOS Company – a leading provider of medical, travel and safety services for passengers on planes – issues recommendations for safer airline travel with an infant. The recommendations are based on the findings of a new study being published using...

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