How much do BA charge for payment by credit card?

Industry News Posted on November 1st, 2017

The headline prices on do not include these extra fees and they are only discoverable after you enter the passenger name and proceed to the payment page so we summarise the fees here: Seat Reservation Fees from £11 on short-haul flights e.g. London-Zurich If you pay using a credit card or PayPal account billed in the UK, […]

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Ryanair flight cancellations

Industry News Posted on September 19th, 2017

The airline has published a list of cancelled flights. It is in a PDF format which in itself is quite unfriendly. Most decent airlines would provide an online search function rather than pages of flight numbers. The details are available here Don’t expect to see an explanation or an apology. The author of the page is […]

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Laptop Ban – Latest Update

Booking Tips, Industry News Posted on September 6th, 2017

Direct flights from these countries: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia You will not be able to carry laptops, tablets and larger mobile phones in your hand baggage on these flights. Only mobile phones smaller than the following dimensions will be allowed in the cabin: Length: 16 cm Width: 9.3 cm Depth: 1.5 cm […]

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Should we book Eurostar Tickets via a Travel Agent?

Booking Tips Posted on September 2nd, 2017

Booking Eurostar online is very easy. So, what are the benefits of requesting (and paying for) a travel agent, or a management company to do so on your behalf? Every booking scenario is different so we recommend you choose with the following observations in mind. Benefits of online: If you are shopping for lowest fares […]

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BA strike back on and this time for two weeks

Industry News Posted on June 16th, 2017

According to the BBC , BA Unite cabin crew are to stage a two-week strike from Saturday 1st July 2017  to midnight Sunday 16 July.

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BA Strike on hold

Industry News Posted on June 11th, 2017

According to the Sunday Times today, (11th June), the four day strike planned by cabin crew for next weekend has been suspended to allow for talks.

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New Hilton Honors Loyalty programme

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales, Industry News Posted on February 4th, 2017

Yes, Hilton has rebranded and dropped the superfluous two h’s, previously “Hhonors” Other changes? Part pay for reservations using Points and Money. A great benefit especially for those of us with only a few points Release date during February 2017 Pool points with family and friends This is idea is similar to the Avios Household […]

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Expedia Launches Loyalty Scheme in the UK

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on January 28th, 2017

We have long recommended Expedia as the best online travel agent and now we recommend you to Register for the Expedia+ Points scheme too. How many points will I earn? Hotels, Packages, Activities and some car hire: Earn 2 points per £1 spent Airline tickets: Earn 1 point per £5 spent How many points do […]

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How to increase your appreciation of airline food

Booking Tips Posted on January 28th, 2017

This topic was discussed on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday morning 28th January, when Jay Rayner, Andi Oliver, Tim Hayward, Henry Dimbleby and Barry Smith were at Woburn Abbey for “The Kitchen Cabinet” programme. We know that the high altitude etc reduces our appreciation of taste but I wasn’t aware of another problem …the “white […]

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British Airways Sale ends Tuesday 31 January 2017

Discounts & Sales Posted on January 28th, 2017

British Airways is offering some very low fares providing you book by midnight on Tuesday 31st January. Economy class to Dubai from £299 return, New York from £369 return Premium Economy fares are exceptional value, costing little more than the normal economy fares. For example, Dubai from £549, Los Angeles from £790 and New York […]

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Airport disruption 23 & 24 December 2016

Industry News Posted on December 17th, 2016

Airport workers who handle check-in, baggage and cargo have announced strike date of 23 December for 48 hours At this time we do not know what the impact will be. Our advice? Consider travelling with hand-baggage only, if possible.

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BA Strike 25 & 26 December 2016 Key Points

Booking Tips, Industry News Posted on December 17th, 2016

British Airways Strike Dates Sunday 25 and Monday 26 December 2016 Does not affect London City airport or London Gatwick airport All long-haul flights expected to operate to normal schedules The short-haul routes listed below are being reviewed and BA is offering refunds or free rebooking to travel the same route as originally ticketed and to travel within 355 […]

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Skyscanner can only get better!

Booking Tips, Industry News Posted on December 8th, 2016

We have always recommended skyscanner for general flight search and have hosted their search widget on our flight search page. The company, based in Scotland, has always been best for the UK market with better links to more UK low-cost carriers than other companies such as Kayak from the USA, etc. And we are delighted […]

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Hilton and DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Discounts

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on October 1st, 2016

The service is unique. We find business travelers the best deal irrespective of agency commission and without bias towards preferred booking systems. Wherever the best deal is, we’ll offer it. Every time. Hilton Hotels offer a discount to members of the Hilton Loyalty Club, HHonors™ The percentage discount is typically 2% – 3% but […]

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Earn Triple Avios on British Airways Flights

Discounts & Sales Posted on September 24th, 2016

British Airways is offering triple Avios and Triple On Business Points on your flights – up to 8 flights maximum The airline provides this example. Buy an economy return ticket in K,L,M,N,S or V class from London Heathrow to Los Angeles, you would normally collect 5,442 Avios. With triple Avios offer you would collect 16,326 […]

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Emirates to introduce seat reservation charges

Industry News Posted on September 24th, 2016

Another airline sees an opportunity to earn extra revenue per passenger! It is announced as giving customers more choice. They say it’s another “step away from a one-size-fits-all approach”. Of course that’s ridiculous. Everyone needs a seat. Everyone prefers an aisle or a window and no-one likes to be stuck in the middle of a […]

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Discounts & Sales Posted on September 24th, 2016

The popular hotel-booking site has announced two sale periods with savings of up to 40% Autumn Sale – Part 1 Booking dates: 5th – 26th Sept 2016 Travel dates: 5th Sept – 6th Nov 2016 Autumn Sale – Part 2 Booking dates: 27th Sept – 6th Nov 2016 Travel dates: 27th Sept – 4th Dec […]

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British Airways Business Class to Dubai lowest ever fares

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on September 15th, 2016

This must be one of the best fares I’ve seen for a long time! It’s an example of how European originating tickets are still competitive despite the decline of the pound against the Euro: Venice – London, London – Dubai, Dubai- London, London to Venice/Milan/Rome at a later date, From £1,257 return. Business Class throughout! […]

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Earn Double Avios on British Airways Long-Haul Flights

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on May 3rd, 2016

Book and travel before 31st July 2016 and you could earn up to double the normal Avios (Air miles) that you would normally. You need to register on the BA website here: You may or may not be accepted or eligible for this offer. I was declined. But it’s worth checking. All you need to […]

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British Airways Premium Class Sale, Book by 17 May 2016

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on April 23rd, 2016

British Airways has launched another sale, for travel in Premium Economy, Business and First Class. Fares valid for travel up to and including April 2017! You cannot combine the sale fares with the free upgrade offer as described in my previous article, from Business to First! Book before midnight of Tuesday 17 May.

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British Airways New European Fare Rules

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on April 23rd, 2016

British Airways has introduced some new fare rules and a better advance seat-selection policy. In short, pay approximately £30 extra to ensure you can choose your seat, make same day change, and check-in one bag if you wish to. BASIC FARE No check-in bag No seat choice Changes incur a fee Not Refundable Cheapest fares PLUS […]

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British Airways free upgrade to First Class April 2016

Discounts & Sales Posted on April 5th, 2016

Where’s the catch? Only valid for new bookings made on/after 5th April to 14th June 2016 If you have already booked – and paid – forget it! The upgrade offer only applies to bookings made in expensive booking classes: J, C, D, R, in the Club World fare ladder. As a guide, Club World return to […]

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British Airways First and business class flights and holidays on sale

Booking Tips, Discounts & Sales Posted on March 6th, 2016

British Airways typically announce sales five times a year. My article, “When do airlines announce sales” here give a guide to when to expect fares to be reduced. It focussed on British Airways because, as they are the dominant carrier in the UK, most airlines follow their patterns. For example, Virgin Atlantic nearly always have […]

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Hilton Hotels Flash Sale Book by Sunday 13 March 2016

Discounts & Sales Posted on March 4th, 2016

The sale prices apply to weekends only so it’s not really applicable to booking business travel, but some travellers may wish to stay a weekend which is why I am posting this article. The sale launches on Sunday afternoon at 4pm so it really is targeting the leisure market! Savings of up to 35% and […]

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New – Free Automated Online Checkin

Booking Tips, Industry News Posted on February 23rd, 2016

It’s always been another task to do. Now, Lufthansa Innovation Hub have created a process that automates the checkin procedure across approximately 100 airlines! Check-in online opens at different times, sometimes 24 hours or 36 hours before departure. You no longer need to schedule this task. Forward your confirmation emails to and they will […]

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