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Ryanair to remove toilets on flights

[ 0 ] October 13, 2011

Ryanair has announced plans to reduce the number of bathrooms on its planes to make way for more seats.

Chief Executive Michael O’Leary wants to ‘recertify’ the Boeing aircraft to enable 6 extra seats to be installed – leaving just one bathroom between 200 customers.

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Michael O'Leary - Chief Executive of budget airline Ryanair - Fabulous Travel Guide

‘We very rarely use all three toilets on board our aircraft,’ he tells the Daily Mail. ‘[It] would fundamentally lower air fares by about 5 per cent for all passengers – cutting £2 from a typical £40 ticket.’

Despite Ryanair’s cut-throat tactics, it’s thought over 75million people will travel with the budget airline this year. Get ready to cross your legs!

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Debit card or prepaid card? Tips for travellers

[ 1 ] October 10, 2011

Looking for the best card to use abroad? Avoid bank charges, ATM fees and bad exchange rates by getting your hands on a prepaid card.

Read on for our top tips and advice on finding the right deal for you and start saving money for your big trip!

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Save money abroad with our top tips and advice

* Choose a card with no ATM fees

Travelling to a remote corner of the world? Many places won’t accept card payments so it’s important to choose a card with no ATM fees as you’ll be withdrawing on a regular basis.

* Find out the exchange rate

Banks often charge a fee to convert money into local currency. If you’re using a Barclays debit card abroad you may be charged a 2.99% foreign exchange charge. Not good if you’re on a budget.

* Check you can use your card online/ in store

Going on a shopping spree? Need to pay for a last-minute flight? Check there are no foreign purchase fees when using your prepaid card online or in store.

* Keep up-to-date with the latest deals is a fantastic website to use if you’re not sure where to start. Not only does it keep an updated list of the best cards to use, it has exclusive deals and offers that are perfect for travellers.

* Ask the right questions

Does it cost money to ‘load’ the card? What happens if you lose it? Are there charges if you stop using the card? All these are important things to consider so give the provider a call to clear things up.

Find out how to get the best deal on your trip and bag yourself a good exchange rate before you leave. Got a question? Get in touch via Twitter or Facebook!

How to save money on last-minute flights | Cheap flights | Fabulous travel guide

How to budget for your trip – 6 extra costs to consider

[ 1 ] September 29, 2011

Finding cheap flights is usually the easy part when it comes to budgeting for your holiday. The key is avoiding all those hidden extras like airport transfers and bank fees.

Below is a list of 6 common charges to prepare for when planning your next adventure.

1. Airport transfers

Train, bus or car? Getting to the airport can cost a small fortune, so it’s important to pick your travel method wisely. Parking at airports is often the most convenient but also the most expensive option, running up charges of £136 for just 3 days. Public transport is usually the most affordable option – especially if you book in advance or have a railcard.

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2. Pre-booked seats

If you’re travelling in a group, paying for priority boarding can add up. Instead, try to arrive at the departure gate as early as possible so that you’ll be the first in line to request extra leg room/seats together etc.

3. Bank charges

Find out how much you’ll be charged and be clever about which card you use. If you pay with a debit card you may get stung with a loaded exchange rate, a cash withdrawal fee and interest charges, too. If you must use a debit card, always take out the maximum amount of cash. Paying with a credit card will give you free credit, as long as you clear your balance in full and use consumer protection. Using a pre-loaded currency card will help to keep your budget in check and you may save on those airline booking charges too.

4. International calls

Keep in mind when you cross the border, by land or by sea, your cell is using data internationally – and you’re getting charged. Give your mobile service provider a call before you leave to review your terms and switch to an international plan to avoid hefty charges.

5. Travel insurance

Read the small print! Will you be covered if your flights are affected by an ash cloud? If your holiday company goes bust? Also, make sure you’re covered for everything you want to do e.g sky diving, abseiling, kayaking etc If not, you could end up spending thousands of pounds if something goes wrong.

6. Car rentals

Never assume that the estimated cost you’re quoted is what you’ll spend in total. So many people forget to budget for extras such as fuel, insurance, tolls, parking, and insuring an extra driver on your current plan. Decide whether the additional outlay of renting a car is affordable or necessary.

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August Bank Holiday deals - Parent go free at Manchester's Chill Factore until 31 August 2011

Bank Holiday deals for the kids – best of 2011

[ 0 ] August 11, 2011

Want to treat the kids over the August Bank Holiday? We’ve hunted down the best deals to keep everyone happy.

From free theme park tickets to special discounts at Manchester’s indoor snow centre, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

* 2 FREE tickets to Thorpe Park

This deal is almost too good to be true – so you need to act fast. Simply collect 7 tokens from The Sun newspaper between 6-19 August 2011. Then send off the application form and a SAE by 25th August (Application form will be in The Sun on Wed 10th August! Click here for terms and conditions.)

* Kids go free to 31 West London shows

Children from the age of 5-16 can watch a West End show for free per paying adult. You can also buy 2 more kids’ tickets at half price. Simply phone 08442485151 or book via the Kids’ Week website.

* 50% off at Chill Factore

Manchester’s indoor snow centre Chill Factore has some great discount codes to use before 31 August 2011. Get 50% off a three-hour lift pass (code: M3LP); adults go free with paying junior (code: MPGF); and get 30% off kids’ parties (code: MPARTY). Simply present code at door on the day.

* 2for1 tickets to Alton Towers

Fox’s biscuits are running a brilliant 2for1 promotion until 6th November 2011. Look out for special promo packs (including Rocky, Fox’s Mini Party Rings, Fox Crunch Creams and Fox’s Favourites assortments) – on average they’re under £2!

*Kids under 12 go free at Jolly Day Out festival

This family festival is packed full of live music, children’s shows and fireworks so make sure you take the kids down to Hampton Court Green for a day of fun. Adult tickets cost £25.

Fancy getting away from it all? Why not book a last-minute flight – we show you how to snap up the best deals. Plus don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more travel updates.

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[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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Visit London for the royal wedding | Kate Middleton and Prince William to wed on 29 April 2010

How to save money in London – budget travel tips for tourists

[ 1 ] November 26, 2010

Planning to visit London when Kate Middleton and Prince William get married on 29 April 2011? With thousands of people booking last-minute flights to the capital, prices are expected to go through the roof.

So if you’re looking for cheap accommodation, half-price theatre tickets and mouth-watering discounts at top London restaurants, this is the one-stop place to be. Scroll down for budget-busting ways to save money on your trip to London.

Visit London for the royal wedding | Kate Middleton and Prince William to wed on 29 April 2010

Visit London for the royal wedding | Kate Middleton and Prince William to wed on 29 April 2010

* Book those cheap flights

There’s a knack to booking cheap flights – some wait 8 weeks before departure, others book as early as possible. Either way, check out these top tips for bagging those cheap deals and avoid all those hefty taxes!

•    Get an Oyster card

Transport in London is hugely expensive so invest in an Oyster card as soon as you arrive. They only cost £3 and are well worth it. A single journey would cost just £1.50 with an Oyster card, as opposed to a whopping £4 without!

If you’re staying for a week – consider getting a weekly ticket as this can save you up to £15. Lucky enough to be staying in central London? Most places are within walking distance, so do your research before you head out.

•    Save 50% at top London restaurants is the food-lovers’ bible in London. Not only does it offer unbeatable discounts on top restaurants (up to 50% off), you can book online, search by area and collect points towards a free meal.

•    Snap up last-minute theatre deals

Fancy going to the theatre in the West End? TKT booths in Leicester Square offer fantastic deals not to be missed. Buy them on the day for up to 50% off standard prices.

•    Stay in hostels

Accommodation in London is over priced – and if you’re here to see the city, how much time will you actually spend in your room? Hostels are inexpensive, great for meeting people and most have cooking facilities so you can make your own food – a great way to save money. Shared dorms start from as little as £6 per night! Visit to book now!

•    Visit the free attractions

London has hundreds of free attractions. See Buckingham Palace, relax in one of London’s gorgeous green parks or spend the day at the Science museum or Tate Modern.

Looking for more unusual things to do in London? Why not dine on the top deck of a bus or enjoy delicious afternoon tea at one of London’s best restaurants? Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for all the latest travel news!

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How to save money on last-minute flights

[ 12 ] September 10, 2010

Cheap flights are often too good to be true – with taxes and charges often bumping up the price at the last minute.

Sadly, airlines are getting sneakier at adding these on – so you have to extra diligent when booking your flight. Follow our top 5 tips on getting the cheapest possible deal, and you could save £50!*

1) Book directly though the airline

Find out which airlines fly to your chosen destination. It may seem like an obvious starting point but you’d be surprised how many people book through third-party companies.

If you’re after a good deal, it’s worth checking out flight comparison websites. They compare hundreds of deals and send you straight to the airline page.

How to book cheap flights - the 8 week rule - Fabulous travel guide

How to book cheap flights - the 8 week rule - Fabulous travel guide

2) Select your flights carefully

Consider flying at an unsociable hour – as these flights are the cheapest. It’s also worth looking at single fares, rather than ‘returns’ as you can pick and choose times and be more flexible on dates.

3) Check that no insurance has been added on

Monarch automatically adds on a £10 insurance fee to the booking, without even asking you. You physically have to choose ‘no insurance’ to remove it.

4) De-select the in-flight meals

Hot meals cost from £6.50 each way. This is an unnecessary luxury on short-haul flights and will save you £13 in total if you choose to opt out. Airlines usually add this on automatically – so make sure you double check.

5) Be savvy about baggage

Monarch charges £9.99 per bag, each way. That’s £20 added onto your flight in the blink of an eye! Instead, consider hand luggage. It’s surprising how much you can fit in (56cm x 45cm x25cm) – and you’re allowed 10kg.

6) Don’t pre-book your seats (unless you want extra leg room or have other special requirements)

This costs £7.50 each way and is an unnecessary cost! As long as you all check in early enough you will be seated together where possible.

Monarch cleverly makes it look like you have to book a seat, but ignore this and continue to the check out.

Total amount saved: £58*
£20 on luggage
£15 on pre-booked seats
10 on travel insurance
£13 on in-flight meals

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*Based on a Monarch Airways flight, London-Ibiza, leaving on 17.09.10 and returning on 24.09.10.

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Booking flights – the 8 week rule

[ 7 ] September 9, 2010

Thinking about booking a last-minute holiday? Apparently there’s a knack to bagging those cheap flights – and it’s all about timing.

According to a new study published in the latest edition of The Economic Journal, the best time to book your flights is exactly 8 weeks before departure.

How to save money on last-minute flights | Cheap flights | Fabulous travel guide

How to save money on last-minute flights | Cheap flights | Fabulous travel guide

It is thought that booking too far in advance can be a gamble – as unforeseen circumstances can affect the flight, and leaving it until the last minute often proves costly.

And don’t bother getting out of bed early to bag those deals – apparently the best time to book is in the afternoon. So grab yourself a cuppa, sit back and let science do all the hard work!

Oh, and if you get stuck, just remember this formula: ∏A =gUG + min(k – g, (1 – g)(1 – r))

Easy, right?

Next: How to get the best currency rates>>

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How to get the best exchange rates

[ 10 ] September 1, 2010

Want to find the cheapest exchange rates? Forget the Post Office, money saving expert Martin Lewis has come up with a better solution. is a website that finds the best deals online. Simply type in the amount you want to spend, pick your currency, and voila! It compares all the latest offers on travel money and foreign currency in seconds.

If you’re able to collect in London you’ll get a better deal. If not, simply order online and get them delivered to your door.

Travel money | Currency exchange rates | Fabulous travel guide

Travel money | Currency exchange rates | Fabulous travel guide

You could save up to £30 if you shop around. For instance, £400 will get you €480 from ICE in Waterloo (if you collect it in person) compared with €471 from the Post Office and €450 from HSBC.

Pretty good, eh? And don’t forget to check out the latest insurance deals, too. This website is a godsend. Happy saving!

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