Flight Search Engines

SKYSCANNER

The UK’s number 1 comparison search engine for flights. Includes authorised direct links to easyJet and Ryanair.

BRITISH AIRWAYS

The lowest British Airways fares are here. No transaction fees. Credit card charge £5.00 (economy flights only)

BRITISH AIRWAYS LOW PRICE FINDER

If your travel dates are flexible and you’re simply looking for cheap deals, save time by searching here

BRITISH AIRWAYS – AVIOS AVAILABILITY FINDER

Find Avios (British Airways Air-Miles) seats in seconds. No log-in required. This is provided by a third party developer and we recommend it for quick search

BRITISH AIRWAYS – AVIOS SEARCH PAGE

The Avios search page can be difficult to find when logged in to the BA executive club. Go direct to the BA search page here. (Log-in with membership and password required)

ITA MATRIX

The leading flight pricing engine for complex itineraries. Bought by Google for $700M! For research only. No booking facility.
Search for travel to/from all European cities by copy and paste this list of city codes:
AMS,ATH,BCN,BUD,BUH,BEY,BOD,BER,BRU,DUB,DBV,DUS,CAI,CPH,DUS,FLR,FRA,GVA,GIB,HEL,IST,KEF,LCA,
LIS,MAD,MLA,NAP,NCE,PRG,RAK,ROM,OPO,OSL,STO,TLV,VCE,VIE,WAW

Round-The-World Airfares

Instead of attempting to add each flight ticket separately, it should be cheaper to use the through fares offered by
these two airline groups. Fares available in economy and business class:

ONE WORLD AIRLINES RTW WEBSITE

British Airways, American, Air Berlin, Cathay, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, TAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar, Royal Jordanian, S7, Sri Lankan, Mexicana

NOTE: Minimum 3 continents required,  Book at least 8 days in advance, Trip duration must be at least 10 days between first and last international flights

STAR ALLIANCE AIRLINES RTW WEBSITE

Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Egypt Air, Ethiopian, EVA, Polish, Lufthansa, Scandinavian, Shenzhen, Singapore Airlines, South African, Swiss, TAP Air Portugal, Thai, Turkish, United.
Plus Adria, Agean,

Hotel Search & Compare

HOTEL PRICE COMPARISON

Compare all the rates and research thousands of hotels in once click. And you may find availability when hotels say they are fully booked!

BOOKING.COM

Booking.com usually offers the choice to guarantee reservations with a credit card and to pay at check-out OR to pay in advance in pounds sterling and they apply a very fair rate of exchange. Avoid waiting for credit card exchange rate and additional fees. Be aware that this option may not be as flexible as pay-at-checkout

HOTELS.COM

An Expedia company with a good reputation. Very generous reward scheme – collect “nights ” after your stay and for every 10 nights collected, Hotels.com will give you 1 free night to redeem on future bookings. And as a member, look out for ‘Your Secret Price’ reductions for members only.

EXPEDIA HOTELS

If you require pre-payment in sterling via a dependable agent, rather than payment at checkout in local currency. Earn Nectar points too!
“Pay Now” Option will not itemise VAT so you will not be able to reclaim UK VAT

Hotel Chains – Book Direct

HILTON HOTELS

By booking direct you will be sure of the room type you’re requesting. And the hotel will immediately have the guest name

HYATT HOTELS & RESORTS

MARRIOTT HOTELS

We compared Marriott direct prices with all hotel brokers and booking direct, here, was always cheaper. Additional advantages;  You’ll be offered all room types, with/without breakfast and optional transfers.

RADISSON HOTELS

Booking Tip: Need a specific room type? One double bed, or twin bedded? You can choose after selecting the price you want after choosing to “Book Now”
(If no room-choice is offered, then that room-rate is ROH “Run of the House” i.e. allocated at check-in) If you need a guarantee of bed-type, go back, select a different rate, repeat the process

Small, Boutique & Luxury Hotels

BEST LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD

Book here to receive a combination of some or all of these benefits:
Free breakfast for two,
Free room upgrades subject to availability at check-in
Early check-in or late check-out subject to availability
A credit of up to US$100 towards food and beverage, or spa treatments

SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD

Represents some of the world’s best (and most expensive!) small hotels

LEADING HOTELS OF THE WORLD

Represents the worlds best hotels in most major cities. Become members of the LHW Leaders Club at a cost of US$150 per annum and earn one complimentary night at a Leading Hotel for every five stays, plus complimentary continental breakfast for two, each day.
Browse by list and destination if you don’t want to search by date

FOUR SEASONS HOTELS

This hotel brand consists of ultra-luxury hotels that may not always feature in comparison sites

DESIGN HOTELS

Good for modern and design-conscious hotels

MR & MRS SMITH

For inspiration, search Mr & Mrs Smith for a selection of boutique hotels

Last-minute Hotel Reservations

HOTEL TONIGHT

Only available as a mobile app, uses your location and is best for same day check-in

AMOMA.com

This company,  often has availability when neither the hotel direct or the other sites featured here.
Based in Switzerland but with very hands-on support for example they telephoned me immediately after I failed to
complete a reservation. Their booking conditions are sometimes quite strictly non-refundable so should only be used for definite bookings!
Amoma.com also undercuts prices in the marketplace. See this hotel-industry report, “How do you solve a problem like Amoma”!

Hotel Search – and earn Avios

KALIGO SEARCH ENGINE

Earn up to 10,000 Avios per night at your choice of hotels. Earn a bonus of 1,000 Avios if you book using our link, above.

ROCKETMILES

Similar to Kaligo, rates may not be as competitive but worth checking. Kaligo offer more hotels in
more cities.

European Rail Sites

EUROSTAR DIRECT

Best for mainline stations: Paris, Brussels, Lille. Specific seat requests offered.

RAIL EUROPE – Voyages sncf

Best for Eurostar with connections to Europe: Holland, Germany, France.
Also good for separate French and Spanish rail tickets

GERMAN RAIL

The official Deutsche Bahn booking site. Good for German, Swiss Austrian and some International travel.

HOLLAND, NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM RAIL

Domestic tickets for Holland can only be booked via this Belgium Rail site. The official Dutch site does not
accept international credit or debit card payment! The price is identical. No fees.

SPANISH RENF

 

UK Rail Sites

NATIONAL RAIL ENQUIRIES

Avoid all booking fees and credit card charges by booking direct with train companies

HEATHROW EXPRESS

Click through to the company above. Click on their Heathrow Express Link and save 12.5%

STANSTED EXPRESS

Save up to £10.90 by booking direct but using our (easyJet) referral link

 

Airport Parking

HEATHROW AIRPORT

Official Site. Book direct for the best rates

GATWICK PARKING

Official Site. Book direct for the best rates

ALL OTHER UK AIRPORTS

 

Car Hire

DVLA PRE-PICKUP REGISTRATION

Within 72 hours of picking up a vehicle, you must now register your driving licence number and National Insurance number together with your postcode here.
The resulting code will be used by the car-hire company to ensure that you have no disqualifying driving convictions.

HOLIDAY EXTRAS CAR HIRE

Good for business in addition to holiday rental. Powered by the industry leading Car Trawler comparison engine with results from all major car hire companies, Avis, Hertz, National, Budget, Alamo, to name just a few.
NB Payment required at the time of booking. For payment locally (and more flexible conditions) you need to book direct

AVIS CAR RENTAL

HERTZ CAR RENTAL

 

Foreign Exchange

TRAVELEX

Commission Free Currency. Order and pick-up from most airport and downtown locations. NB No location at St Pancras International (Eurostar)

 

Visas, Passenger Safety and Travel Advice

VISA REQUIREMENT CHECK, CUSTOMS & CURRENCY REGULATIONS

We guarantee that this is the most reliable source of visa requirement information as it is based on the “Timatic” database from IATA (International Air Transport Association). It is used by nearly every airline in the world to check passengers’ eligibility to travel.
The site also provides accurate customs, currency regulations and airport information

USA VISA – APPLY AND CHECK

This is the only official site. Don’t pay unnecessary extra fees elsewhere.
You can check if your traveller has a valid visa if you have passport number and date of birth.
When retrieving an application, in the “First (Given) Name” box you must add the middle name too

FOREIGN OFFICE TRAVEL ADVICE

Country by Country Advice. Undertaking travel contrary to travel advice invalidates normal travel insurance cover.

NHS HEALTH ADVICE AND IMMUNISATION RECOMMENDATIONS

More detailed heath advice – and “recent disease outbreaks”

Find a local GP by postcode; authorised to vaccinate against Yellow Fever etc

TRAVEL INSURANCE

 

Help with Geography

ROME2RIO – DISCOVER HOW TO GET ANYWHERE

Need options from small towns with no airports? This site is very helpful. Provides door-to-door solutions including trains – and routes you may not have considered.

NEAREST AIRPORT FINDER

Find the 8 nearest airports if you type in the town or city name
(Includes small airports which are suitable for private jet only)

AIRPORT AND ROUTE FINDER

A simple visual perspective of who-flies-where and airport options

TOURS by LOCALS

A little off-topic, but a useful site if business travellers have a few hours to spend and require a local guide

 

Organise Itineraries Online

TRIPCASE

Free, and easy to use, forward emails to trips@ tripcase.com and they will store the itinerary. Also with free alerts, ideal for delay notifications. Access your trips on-the-move with the Tripcase App

 

Flight Status Check

FLIGHTSTATS

Check specific flights for accurate departure or arrival times.
More accurate than airport departure screens!
Fee email flight-alerts set-up if you wish to monitor a flight
A new improved beta site has been released and is available via the link above


Airline Seat Maps

SEATGURU

You can search by specific flight number. Seat guru is part of tripadvisor.

SEATPLANS

Editorial style which is good for general comment and photos but not as good as Seat Guru

 

Delayed Flight Compensation

BOTTONLINE FLIGHT COMPENSATION

This law firm specialises in compensation claims No Win No Fee basis. Success fee for winning your claim is 27% of the compensation awarded plus a 25 Euro administration fee.

Simply enter the delayed flight number and the date of travel to see if you’re eligible for compensation. The site will also specify the amount to which you’re entitled!