Laptop Ban – Latest Update

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 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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New Hilton Honors Loyalty programme

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

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

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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BA Strike 25 & 26 December 2016 Key Points

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!

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

The BookingBusinessTravel.com 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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British Airways Business Class to Dubai lowest ever fares

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

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

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

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 First and business class flights and holidays on sale

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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New – Free Automated Online Checkin

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 AirlineCheckins.com and they will […]

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Which airline frequent flyer schemes work with British Airways?

British Airways has a loyalty scheme, the “British Airways Executive Club” Membership earns you points, called Avios, and Tier Points, providing status, lounge access, free advance seating etc. Avios can be used to discount future ticket purchases via the airline website or they can be transferred to Avios.com where you can spend them on hotel […]

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British Airways Sale

Many of you have been waiting for the Boxing Day and January Sales to see if prices drop. Well, here you are – Christmas has arrived early! Book between 17th December 2015 and midnight 2nd February 2016! Most economy fares are valid for departures through to 8th or 15th December 2016 Most Premium and Club […]

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Where to find cheapest flights to Bangkok with EVA Air

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the lowest fares may be on the EVA website and they would be, except that their website technology is limited in that you can only request an economy return fare or a premium economy return fare but not economy in one direction and premium in the other. EVA Air […]

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No Seat Choice on British Airways Hand Baggage Fares

For frequent travellers and business travellers the choice of seat is usually quite important. Whilst we may suffer a middle seat on an occasional leisure trip, for business travellers it can be quite an annoyance. Save on average £30, or £15 each way for a “no-bag fare” and you will not be allowed to choose […]

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Why do we recommend Hotels.com for Business Travel?

There are many choices available when you need to book a hotel. COMPARISON SITES Sites like Hotels Combined, who we feature on our hotel page, will provide you with an overview of availability from a large number of online travel agents and hotel booking companies. Hotels Combined is great for research and also finding availability […]

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Important new rule regarding car hire

Some of our clients occasionally rent a car and our useful sites page includes links to the best companies to use. We now include a link to the DVLA under this car hire section. Within 72 hours of picking up a vehicle, you must now register your driving licence number and National Insurance number together […]

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Virgin company rewards programme

Virgin offers their reward programme for your company in addition to the traveller individual frequent traveller memberships. If your company has at least 2 employees you are eligible to join the scheme, but it requires that you book frequently with Virgin: At least 3 Upper Class trips a year in Upper Class or 5 trips […]

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Can I upgrade using Avios after buying my ticket?

Yes you can, providing that there is availability in the limited upgrade “class”. Upgrading economy class to premium economy class You can only upgrade more expensive tickets, NOT the cheapest fares. The more expensive BA fare classes that you can upgrade from, are described as Y, B and H class and these are the highest […]

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As one sale ends, another BA sale begins

The economy class sale ended just a couple of days ago but British Airways has today announced a first and business class sale Key Points Book by Tuesday 9th June (inclusive) – You have until 23:59 to complete the transaction online! Many destinations include travel up until May 2016 Long-haul flights from Heathrow and Gatwick require a […]

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British Airways Sale – Book before Tuesday 19 May.

The current sale from British Airways is targeted at leisure travellers. Most business-related travel is excluded by the fare rules. For example, with a few exceptions, reservations require a Saturday-night stay, a minim three night stay and advance booking of up to 1, 2 or even 3 weeks. And fares are not refundable once purchased […]

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Avios Devaluation – should you spend your Avios before 28th April?

On Tuesday, 28th April, the Avios reward programme is changing. EARNING AVIOS: Rewards, for travel with British Airways are to be reduced significantly, for those clients that choose the lowest priced fares. The new rewards for the lowest fares will be just 25% of current levels! If you’re buying a low-priced fare, you should no […]

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