How much do BA charge for payment by credit card?

The headline prices on BA.com 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

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

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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BA strike back on and this time for two weeks

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

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

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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Airport disruption 23 & 24 December 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

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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Emirates to introduce seat reservation charges

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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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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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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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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Are the new Eurostar trains good for your business travellers?

Eurostar has unveiled their new fleet of trains. This provides a much-needed and overdue upgrade. Eurostar trains were beginning to look a little tired! They continue to offer three classes: Standard class Economy seating, low fares, no free refreshments, Fares:  £69 – £309 return from 25th November: Paris: £69 – £347 Brussels £69 – £316 […]

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Marriott Hotels – another reason why to book direct

We’ve always recommended that you book Marriott hotels directly on the Marriott website because their rates match the online travel agents. And booking direct has other advantages: The hotel will have the guest name immediately Additional flexibility if there’s a problem as you’ll be able to deal direct with the hotel rather than via an […]

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Strike News in Europe November December 2014

Belgium – National Strike – Updated 7th November 2014 Due to a national strike in Belgium on Mondays 08 and 15 December, Eurostar services to Brussels are likely to be affected with trains only able to operate to and from Lille Europe. As a precautionary measure, Eurostar has closed sales on all Brussels services on […]

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Why travel agent e-dreams shares suspended on Spanish stock market

It comes as no surprise that on Friday 24th October, shares in e-dreams were suspended after British Airways and Iberia said they would no longer supply their fares and availability to the agency All the links to travel suppliers on our site are genuine and are intended to save you time and money. We vet […]

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Free upgrades on British Airways – book by 12 December

British Airways is still offering a free upgrade in one direction from Business Class to First Class. But the upgrade is now only available when booking the higher fare types, namely J and C class “published fare”. Previously, lower R class fares were included. For example, the J class return fare to Los Angeles is £9,936 […]

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BA On Business Registration Site Down

The registration site was down when we checked on Friday 3rd October and a phone call to BA confirmed that they were “aware of the problem and working on it” with a suggestion that we try again on Monday. Today Thursday 9th October and this is still the “fail” response that greets us after submitting […]

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Qatar Airlines first Airbus 380 service from 10th October

The first flight departs Friday 10th October from Heathrow to Doha and has proved to be very popular. At the time of writing there are only 7 economy seats left available for sale, business and first are sold out. And on Saturday there are just 2 seats remaining! And this is out of a total of […]

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British Airways extends cancellations to Freetown and Monrovia

The airline has now suspended flights to Freetown and Monrovia to the end of March due to the “public health” situation namely the spread of Ebola infections. The number of casualties is doubling every two weeks which, if sustained will result in over 1 million cases by January 2015 Outbreaks in Senegal and Nigeria are […]

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British Airways to cancel services to Colombo Sri Lanka

The airline currently operates 3 times a week from Gatwick but March 27 2015 is the last outward flight, and March 28 is the last inbound, following a “review” of services. Flights to Male, Maldives are also cancelled from the above dates for the duration of the summer and will commence October 25th I wonder […]

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Major improvement to BA Services at Heathrow Terminal 3

Yes, Terminal 3 ! Not all BA flights leave from T5! Until now, flights departing from Terminal 3 needed a bus to ferry travelers from the terminal to the aircraft. This has meant lengthier boarding time and earlier gate closures too. This was always a pain. I always thought it to be expected of a budget […]

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Hold that last British Airways seat for just £5

One major drawback of booking flights online rather than via a travel agent has been the necessity to book and pay at the same time, all in one transaction. If only one seat is left, you’d have no alternative but to book it immediately. And many low fares are not refundable so you’d lose out […]

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Where to book the London Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard

Today, the hotel has officially started to accept room reservations from the opening date which is the 6th May But as of this morning, you can only book as follows Direct with the hotel at its own website online Direct by telephone on 020 7234 8000 Via a travel agent We searched on our recommended comparison site […]

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