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    'We lost £900 when our flight was cancelled - even though we had travel insurance': We reveal the small print to watch out for in your policy

    So you've booked your summer holiday and are thinking about travel insurance. But how do you make sure you are covered for everything you need and that you understand your policy document?Policy schedules, which often run to 50 pages or more, are riddled with complexities and it can be difficult to spot where you are not covered.Each year thousands of Brits travel abroad uninsured and you can have some sympathy when buying a comprehensive policy can be such a minefield.According to a poll conducted on behalf of CompareCover, 37 per cent of participants confessed to only sometimes purchasing travel insurance ...

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    Air travel needs the vision and magic of Concorde says LEE BOYCE - my generation will know nothing but the misery of budget airlines now that BA is turning itself into one…

    To paraphrase rapper-stroke-musician Tinie Tempah and his 2010 hit song Pass Out: 'I'm annoyed I never got to fly Concorde.'As a keen global traveller, I have grown up in adulthood on a diet of short, cheap budget flights and economy long-haul.The latter can make you feel broken and battered if you're on it long enough.  While standing in the queue a budget airline recently watching worried people stuff their suitcases comically into those metal measuring devices, I said to my fiancé Danielle – 'oh, the magic and glamour of flying'. Futuristic history: Concorde was a piece of aviation magic - ...

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    Head to the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica for a bargain winter break as sterling gains momentum

    Britons looking for a spot of sunshine this winter can take advantage of the pound's momentum against some of the top holiday currencies, new findings suggest.Your pound will stretch further in far-flung exotic destinations like the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Barbados than it did a year ago.Year-on-year, the pound is up against 80 per cent of the UK's top 40 overseas holiday currencies, Post Office Travel Money said. Opportunity: Britons looking for a spot of sunshine this winter can take advantage of the pound's momentum against some of the top holiday currenciesFor holidaymakers looking for a trip to the Dominican Republic, ...

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    Cost of a passport using the Post Office check and send service is set to rise by 15% - but you can avoid the hike

    The cost of a British passport is set to rise next month - and travellers using the Post Office for their application are among the hardest hit.Those applying by post and who do not have access to the internet will see far larger rises than those who do it online.The cost of a passport will increase from £72.50 to £85 for postal applications from 27 March. This is despite one in 10 households not being connected to the internet.Furthermore, purchasing the document at the Post Office using its check and send service will cost £94.75, This is Money can exclusively reveal, ...

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    Travel firms and airlines including BA 'make exaggerate claims' on Atol travel protection

    Travel companies and airlines, including British Airways and Lastminute.com, have been accused of potentially misleading customers as they exaggerated the financial protection on offer to stranded passengers.An investigation by consumer group Which? said that travel firms and airlines regularly gave travellers inaccurate information about what is covered by the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence scheme (ATOL).It comes as Monarch Airlines collapsed last week cancelled upcoming flights and holidays, hitting around 750,000 customers, and Ryanair announced it was cancelling 20,000 flights due to a shortage of pilots. 'Inaccurate': BA staff said in 'several occasions' that passengers would be covered if they just purchased ...

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    Business-class flight searches up 63% this year as holidaymakers consider the extra expense of travelling in luxury

    Appetite for business-class travel appears to have grown this year with a website reporting a 63 per cent increase in 'premium cabin' flight searches compared to 2016.Asprational holidaymakers flying from London airports to popular long-haul destinations are looking increasingly at business and first class: searches for London to Bangkok showed an increase of 94 per cent, while London to Cape Town grew by 60 per cent and London to Singapore topped the list with an increase of 166 per cent.Many travellers may feel business class is out of their budget, but Cheapflights has also revealed how they can fly at ...

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    How to wind down (before you take off): An airport lounge can get your holiday off to a flying start... for a price

    Once solely the preserve of VIP passengers, airport lounges are now available to everyone at a price and can get your holiday off to a flying start.Lounges allow passengers to escape the chaos of the airport terminal and chill out with comfortable seating, unlimited food and drink and free wi-fi. But with entry to the most luxurious lounges costing 40 or more, the price tag might put some off. Yet there are ways to cut costs, especially for regular travellers. Flying visit: Airport lounges can offer a welcome relief from the chaos in the departure loungeAIRLINE VERSUS AIRPORT LOUNGESIt is ...

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    Who will stand up to the car hire sharks? Holidaymakers are being fleeced but from the regulators there's only shameful silence

    Today Money Mail calls for a major crackdown on the car hire sharks that rip off British holidaymakers.We have been bombarded with thousands of messages and responses after our investigations revealed the dirty tricks these firms use to rip off tourists in Europe.Readers have described how they feel utterly helpless when they're flogged expensive add-ons at collection desks and powerless to recover damage charges that are unfairly deducted from their credit cards. Scandal: Car hire firms are going to every length to hide the true costs of the final bill from customers.Worse, they are paying for repairs the car hire ...

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    What exactly is going wrong with BA?

    JENNY and Neil Morgan had planned the holiday of a lifetime to South America this November.The couple, in their 60s, splashed out thousands of pounds on British Airways flights to Lima, the capital of Peru. Their tour would take in the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu in the Andes, the picturesque beaches of Uruguay and, finally, the birthplace of tango dancing, Buenos Aires in Argentina.But in April, the Morgans plans began to unravel when they logged on to the BA website to find their flights had been cancelled and the airline hadn t told them. Grounded: The airline cancelled ...

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    Are you unwittingly adding to your holiday spending costs? Beware rip-off fees for paying in pounds abroad

    Holidaymakers could be unwittingly adding as much as 10 per cent to their costs by choosing to pay by card in pounds rather than the local currency.When you pay in pounds, bars, restaurants and shops can set their own exchange rate rather than using your bank's. This Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) allows them to load the rate, typically adding an extra 6 per cent fee on top, and sometimes even more.The fee is easily avoidable, but it ends up costing Britons a collective 500 million per year, according to research by FairFX. Eye-watering fees: Make sure you always pay in ...

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    Too good to be true: How we fell for a fake Sicilian villa on Airbnb and paid 4,000 to a fraudster

    Families preparing to jet abroad to villas booked online weeks or even months ago should triple-check their reservations are genuine before they leave for the airport.Reassuring yourself costs nothing. But turning up at a villa already occupied or that does not exist can result in misery as well as prove a financial disaster.Millions of pounds a year are lost by travellers as a result of making holiday bookings that turn out to be bogus. According to official police figures, more than 100 travel related scams a week are currently being carried out by conmen a rise of 20 per cent ...

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    'I feel like the stigma of cancer will last me a lifetime': Survivors are forced to pay four times more for travel cover - here's how to save

    The average cancer survivor pays an eye-watering 133 for a travel insurance policy if they have had a diagnosis in the past nearly four times the average cost of 37.And according to Macmillan's latest research, a fifth of survivors hand over more than 200 to enjoy a much-needed holiday after treatment.Some will end up shelling out over 27 times more than those without a pre-existing condition, with an estimated 7,500 holidaymakers charged more than 1,000.Even more unfairly, as many as 8,500 cancer survivors could in fact be turned away completely when trying to buy travel cover, despite 10 years passing ...

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    Don't use our travel money cards in cashpoints, warns Post Office after customer loses 100 in fees in a week

    Heading to the sun?Don't use your Post Office card at foreign cashpointsThe Post Office is telling holidaymakers to avoid using its travel money cards at ATMs abroad after a customer lost 100 in fees in a week.Travel money cards, which you can load with euros or dollars before you fly, are often advertised as an easy and safe way to spend on holiday.However, last month Money Mail revealed how some cards are riddled with fees and catches that make them more expensive than some ordinary bank cards.For example, while most travel cards are fee-free in shops and restaurants, some ...

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    Beware of calling home from a cruise: New EU rules for roaming charges DON'T apply if you're at sea

    Holidaymakers taking a ferry ride or cruise in Europe this summer should watch out for high roaming charges.New rules introduced last month mean calling, texting and surfing the internet on your mobile when you re in the European Union should cost you no more than when you re at home. But these rules do not apply to ferries and cruises even in European waters. Exception: New EU rules for roaming charges do not apply to ferries and cruises even in European watersInstead, you can still be charged expensive international roaming rates because ferries use their own network, operated by satellite. ...

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    Save money abroad - don't pay with your debit card: If you re jetting off, here's how to avoid being hit by hidden, rip-off charges

    Holidaymakers are being warned to think twice before flexing their everyday plastic when spending abroad. With every transaction in a shop, hotel or bar, a combination of poor exchange rates and hidden card charges can quickly spoil the memory of a good holiday.This dent in the pockets of holidaymakers will be made bigger by the impact of the weak pound.Sterling is worth 12 to 14 per cent less than it was on the day of the Brexit vote, when compared with currencies such as the US dollar and euro. Thanks to the Brexit effect, travellers now get $91 and 94 ...

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