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Strong Pound Means Cheaper Holidays

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Research by Post Office Travel Money has shown that with the British pound soaring, so too can Brits soar to the far-away places they want to go and for less than they might normally spend.  Since the pound in gaining against other currencies year-on-year, Brits can stretch their money further in a number of destinations around the world.  Two particularly good deals are in Japan, where sterling has climbed by 18% against the Japanese Yen, and Brazil, where sterling has climbed nearly 15% against Argentinean Pesos.

 

Other countries in which the pound is performing well include the South Africa, Bali, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka, which has been chosen as the top long-haul destination for Brits who want to stretch their pound further.  British travelers can get eight items, including an evening meal with drinks, for £36.14, which is less than half what they would pay in a number of other destinations.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Cheap Flights Provider Ryanair has Improved Profits Forecast

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Thanks to heavy demand during the Christmas travel season, which offset the rising cost of fuel, Ryanair now has improved profits forecasts for the coming year-end.  There has been a 19% increase in the cost of oil, but the airline is still expecting a 7%, or €540million (£460million), profit by March.  Ryanair said they experienced a 15% increase in revenues over the three months ending in December, due to a strong demand from Germany, the UK, and Scandinavia.  This demand pushed ticket prices up.

 

During the period ending in December, profits were also up by 21% because their average fare increased by 8%.  They also saw their passenger count increase by 3% to 17.3 million, although they expect this number to fall by 3%, or 400,000 passengers, in this quarter.  The expected decrease in the number of passengers this quarter is a result of the grounding of 80 aircraft by the airline, due to the high oil prices.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Are Blue Air’s Fares As Cheap as They Appear?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Blue Air, the small Romanian budget airline, is taking a lesson from the other low-cost carriers in Europe.  They advertise fantastic deals as low as $27 between cities, but there is fine print involved.  When you check further, it shows that those flights that are so majorly discounted have limited seating at that price, such as on the 20 flights between Bucharest and London and Bucharest and Dublin.

 

Perhaps the most problematic part of these cheap flights is that they all go to/from Bucharest.  That’s the only option travelers have, which makes prices like Rome to Bucharest from $47 US, London to Bucharest from $74 US, and Paris to Bucharest from $67 US look less appealing (unless you really just want to go to Bucharest).  However, these prices might still be good for those who can travel through Bucharest to get to another destination, such as Paris to London via Bucharest.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Ryanair Announces Plans to Open First Non-EU Bases

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Low-cost Irish carrier Ryanair, known for its cheap flights, has announced that they will be opening their very first non-EU bases of operations in Morocco.  The opening of the Morocco bases will happen later this year.  These will be the airline’s 56th and 57th bases and they will be located in Fez and Marrakech.  In addition, Ryanair will be adding two new airports to their schedule, Essaouira and Rabat.

 

The schedule has been set up such that a total of 15 routes will be operated out of Fez, which includes four new routes to Lille, Nimes, Nantes, and St Etienne.  There will be 22 routes operating out of Marrakech, including seven new routes to Baden, Dole, Paris Bergerac, Cuneo, Munich, and Tours.  From Essaouira two routes will operate to Marseille and Brussels and from Rabat three routes will operate to Paris, Marseille, and Brussels.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Brits Sick of Hidden Costs on Cheap Flights

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

There are certainly many good travel deals to be found and Brits do love to get a good deal.  The problem is that many of them that look too good to be true really are too good to be true.  Whether it is family discounts, travel package deals, or and cheap flights, there are often hidden costs and holiday travellers are getting sick of it.  In fact, more than half of Brits have had to pay hidden costs when booking their holiday travel.

 

Teletext Holidays, a holiday company, has found that 40% of Brits are sick of the hidden costs.  Victoria Sanders, managing director of Teletext Holidays says that it has become clear that many travelers are just fed up with how some websites advertise super deals that have people picking up the phone and calling them.  Out of 2000 travellers who were polled, nearly a quarter of them have had to pay unexpected taxes and 10% of them have been hit by excess baggage fees.  Sanders warns that people need to be careful of who they book with.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Ryanair Offers Chance to Win Back Price of Cheap Flights

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Ryanair is known for its incredibly cheap flights and the airline is now offering passengers a chance to win back the cost of their flight.  This will be of benefit to anyone, but particularly those who want to travel, but are feeling held back due to finances.  The airline has created an online game that will allow passengers to win back the cost of their flight when they book.  Of course, playing the game also costs a small fee.

 

Once the online payment process is complete, customers will have the opportunity to pay a fee of £3 to £5, based on the price of their ticket, to enter a “Play & Win” that will give them a chance to win back the price of their ticket.  Those who play will be asked a general knowledge question that they will have to answer.  Anyone who answers the question correctly will be entered into a draw that will give them a chance to win a full refund on the cost of their flight.  Ryanair says there will be at least three winners each week.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Cheapflights.com.au Talks about Australian Summer Festivals

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

In Australia, summer means festivals and cheapflights.com.au has some tips to help travellers who want to partake in all that the Australian summer has to offer.  The first of these is to book your travel well in advance of your departure date in order to find the best prices.  This will also give you the peace of mind knowing that your trip is organized.  Despite this, if you haven’t booked early, then there is still a good chance at getting some great last-minute deals.

 

Another really great way to save on flights and accommodations is to book travel during the shoulder season, which is also prime festival time in the Land Down Under.  Some of the best Australian music festivals include Big Day Out, Future Music Festival, Soundwave, and Splendour in the Grass.  For those who want to stay closer to home or are planning to travel elsewhere, there are also great music festivals in the U.S., UK, Denmark, and India.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Finnair Adding Two New Asian Routes this Year

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Finnair has announced that they are adding two new routes to Asia this coming June.  The two new destinations include Xi’an in China and Hanoi in Vietnam and these routes will make Finnair the first airline to offer direct routes from Helsinki to these two Asian destinations and it will make a total of 13 Asian routes for the airline.  The new routes will also make it easier for people in the UK to reach the new destinations as they can easily make connecting flights in Manchester and Heathrow.

 

Xi’an is an ancient imperial capital and it is a fabulous place to explore.  It is now home to the Terracotta Army, which surrounds the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and it is a growing city that holds a prominent place in the aerospace and software industries in China.  Hanoi is another ancient city that is well-known for its historic Old Quarter and its French architecture.  Hanoi also has the pilgrimage site Chua Huong, which is a network of Buddhist temples and shrines set in the hills and forests surrounding Huong Mountain.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Start Planning Summer with Mark Warner’s Cheap Flights

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Summer seems so far away and with it comes the wonderful summer vacation everyone loves.  It might be January, but it’s never too early to plan that vacation and Mark Warner of Cheapflights.co.uk is offering some amazing deals for 2013 summer travel.  However, in order to receive these great deals, those summer travellers have to book their flight by January 31.  Where do these summer deals take you?  Let’s have a look.

 

The Sea Garden Resort in Turkey is a fabulous spot and it is available for seven nights at £699 per person.  Here you can relax in the sun, enjoy childcare, and even take in a few sports, such as water sports and mountain biking.  San Lucianu in Corsica is available for seven nights at £624 per person and offers half-board at the resort, which includes childcare and many activities and return transfers.  Finally, how about Ocean Club Beach Resort in Portugal, which costs £610 per person for seven nights on a half-board basis.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Cheapflights.co.uk Talks about Climbing Everest in 2013

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Anyone who has ever wanted to climb Mount Everest might just get their wish come true in 2013 according to Cheapflights.co.uk.  In May, The Adventure Company, will lead a trek to the Mount Everest base camp in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first climb to the summit of the mountain, accomplished by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.  The trek is scheduled for 18 days and will start on May 24.

 

Those who go on the trek will have a chance to see five of the ten UNESCO World Heritage sites that are in Nepal.  Participants will be transferred from Kathmandu to Lukla, where they will trek to Namche Bazaar.  They will then follow an ancient route into Tibet and will stay in Sherpa Tenzing’s home village of Thame.  The cost of this adventure is £1,959, which includes all airfare, hotel accommodations, porters, and guides.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.