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British Airways site looks predictably stylish but is perhaps a little
lacking in identity. This is partly because the services are shared
a global site and a UK one. However, there are plenty of useful
on the site, including the opportunity to book your tickets online and
details of some very tempting special offers. The flight information
online timetable is also bang up to date and it's easy to find the
you're after via the drop down menus.
Midland was the first airline in the UK to auction off seats over the
bidding started at £19 excluding taxes. The airline auctioned off
thousands of flights so next time around you could grab a real bargain.
Keep an eye on the site to find out when they're holding the next
auction. Destinations include popular European cities such as
Paris, Dublin and Prague. You can also check out timetable and book
flights from the site.
low cost airline, this one sees the Internet as its main way of doing
It's unsurprising, then, that the site is very impressive. Decked out
distinctive purple and yellow livery, it's so easy to use that booking
a flight is more of a joy than a chore. It also carefully explains the
Buzz pick 'n' mix approach to flying - you start off with a basic price
and then add extras such as use of the business lounge.
trounced the big boys in the value stakes, it looks like the Easyjet
also has the best of them in terms of usability and promotion. You
need shades to cope with the garish colour scheme but you'll find all
information easily accessible and to the point. The online booking
shouldn't cause you any problems and, to keep costs down and show
truly embraced the digital age, you won't even need a ticket when you
to check-in - the reference number emailed to you is enough.
been squeezed by the success of Easyjet, Ryanair and the rest, British
Airways launched its own low cost airline and this is the result. Many
of the cheapest Go fares are only available to online customers so it's
certainly worth checking back regularly. When we visited there were
galore - including flights to Barcelona and Milan for as little as
best way to use use the KLM site is to check back every now and again
details of their special offers. You can access these directly from the
front page of the site and you're almost sure to pick up a bargain.
found one there's the opportunity to book online and, should you take
advantage, you'll want to know about Flying Dutchman, their frequent
club, which is also covered in some detail.
planning on flying to Oz for a holiday there's a fair chance you'll be
flying with Qantas. Its site reflects the airline's fun yet
image, being very easy to get around and use. You can search for
fares, check flight timetables and explore the new terminal at Sydney
Kids haven't been forgotten, either, with a fun little beach volleyball
game featuring the company's mascot - which is, of course, the koala.
travel by Ryanair you might not get a free packet of peanuts or a tepid
meal but you will get a cheap, cheap flight to a variety of European
The website points out the latest special offers on the front page
guiding you through an excellent online booking facility. With budget
like this, which soon get snapped up, it's certainly easier to check
and book online than spend hours on hold.
other airline sites have a staid, straightforward approach, Virgin at
tries to inject a little bit of fun into proceedings. Each section of
site is represented by an animated icon flying past your virtual
window, including sections relating to the in flight experience, the
of the airline and, of course, an online booking facility. You can even
find out what films are going to be showing on your flight.
been wondering what Bob Geldof has been up to since he sold his TV
company Planet 24 for a ridiculous amount of money, here's the answer.
Deckchair.com is one of the first new project from Sir Bob and it's a
flight website. The design of this site can only be described as
you get a couple of boxes where you type in your departure and
points and that's about it. However Deckchair does boast access to a
database of fares (over one million) and it pulls up plenty of relevant
don't have to wait for tickets to be sent out to you when you book
at EasyJet. All they do is send you an email with a confirmation number
and itinerary details and that's all you need. EasyJet is renowned for
its bargain-priced flights and it's sold over a million seats online so
far. Buy your single fare online and you save a whopping £1 on
normal price, go for a return and you save £2. Still, it's better
than nothing and the fares are already cheap.
flights, car hire, hotels and travel insurance can all be sorted out
the Ebookers site. Anybody looking for a cheap flight should take
of the Bid & Go service - you say how much you're willing to pay
a specific scheduled international flight ticket and if the fare drops
to that level you're automatically notified. The same service is
on city break deals. The site will even send out SMS messages to a
phone alerting you of the arrival times of specific flights.
site is home to over 70,000 late availability holidays, city breaks and
flight-only deals. You can search by price, departure date, departure
destination or by length of stay. The holidays come from a wide
of ABTA approved travel agents. Although you can pick the perfect
online, you will have to pick up the phone when it comes to making the
final booking. This is a brightly coloured, easy to use site with heaps
of background information on the popular resorts. You'll also find
guides, ferry timetables and exchange rate information.
people use Teletext for finding a bargain holiday but everybody gets
with the endless waiting. The Teletext Web site looks exactly like the
TV screen pages, but thankfully you control the navigation. The site
flight-only deals, package holidays and UK breaks and as you'll know if
you've used Teletext on your TV screen, prices are competitive.
services include flight arrival news, weather reports and the latest
site looks a lot like the Expedia pages and like Expedia you can book
reserve hotel rooms, hire a rental car and sort out your travel
If you're looking for a cheap flight you can search for the best
fare. A good selection of hotel chains are also represented on the site
if you need to book a room. What you won't find is package holiday
but otherwise the Travelstore site is hugely comprehensive.
online travel service lets you book flights, reserve hotel rooms, hire
rental cars and sort out your package holiday. The Handy Fare Compare
is definitely worth using if you're a bit flexible on departure dates,
it pulls up the cheapest fares on the most popular routes. The holidays
themselves come from the UK's top 20 travel companies and the selection
is huge, with specific sections devoted to skiing holidays and the
traveller. Background information on the resorts comes courtesy of the
excellent Rough Guides.
not be much to look at but this site from the Association of British
Agents could save you a fortune or help you find the holiday of your
The bulk of the site is given over to a list of ABTA's members, which
can search by company name or, conveniently, by the type of holidays
it specialises in. So if you see an enticing offer, check here to make
sure that the company belongs to ABTA or, alternatively, to find a
type of holiday.
than reproducing its entire brochure online, Airtours has made the wise
decision of using its website as an extension of its brochures. So, you
can find out about all the latest holiday and flight deals on offer -
quicker than scouring the newspapers or wading through 30 pages on
You can choose up to five brochures to be delivered to your home within
48 hours and also play a rather surreal little Shockwave game.
to house all you need to know about student and youth travel, the
Travel site certainly makes a brave stab at doing just that. The most
feature is the chance to browse and book the heavily discounted fares
to those under 26 and in full-time education. There's also a useful
of links to those sites that put the adventure into travel, from
the Great Barrier Reef to skydiving in the States.
Poly Holiday Shop
the big travel agents, Lunn Poly has perhaps the most impressive online
presence. The site has a sunny disposition and contains extensive
of all the latest holiday offers on cruises, packages and short breaks.
You can't book online, but the site will help you find your nearest
Poly travel shop so you can book in person.
aiming to 'not just book it, but Thomas Cook it', then take a look at
very well designed site from the holiday behemoth. Unfortunately, the
acts more as an elongated advert than a truly useful site. There are,
the ubiquitous late holiday bargains and opportunities to order
online. If you know which holiday you want the email booking and call
services could save you a lot of time and effort.
of the most famous travel agents in the country, Thomson has a
professional looking site. Far from concentrating on cheap and cheerful
holidays to the Costas, the emphasis is on the lavish and upmarket.
skiing breaks to cruises to all-inclusive packages, if you don't mind
out you're bound to find something that takes your fancy and selected
are available for booking online.
of the world's biggest independent travel operators, Trailfinders
in tailor-made holidays to exotic locations. From the Amazonian
to the Pacific Rim, it's sure to be able to come up with a location and
experience to suit you. This site gives you the opportunity to order
manner of brochures and videos to help you decide, as well as providing
details of how to book and how to prepare for your trip.
thought of jetting away to fancy sounding exotic locations doesn't
then how about a coach tour with one of the biggest names in the
The mode of transport may be seen as a little old fashioned but the
is anything but. Well designed and neatly organised, it features
details of all the holidays available.
around the world on a budget is becoming an increasingly popular
for people the world over. Whether you're planning an adventure to
to 'find yourself' or a fun-packed time on the beaches of Australia,
find this site invaluable. Intelligently laid out and written in chatty
style, perhaps the most useful feature is an exhaustive directory to
world's hostels. You'll also find some useful tips on the art of
on the road.
travelling to a dangerous or unusual area then you'll find this site
the Foreign Office indispensable. If you're a woman travelling to the
for example you'll need to know which countries will allow you to show
your legs. All of this information is included in handy list of do's
don'ts from the Consulate of each country. You'll also find urgent
on weather warnings, civil unrest, visa requirements and so on.
site, produced by American author Diane Fairchild, aims to minimise the
likelihood of you spending your holiday feeling groggy from your
Aside from combatting jetlag, the helpful hints also concern eating
and avoiding picking up nasty diseases from other passengers when
into economy class. And if you have trouble with your circulation when
airborne, take a look at the inflight exercises you can do.
first few pages of this site extol the virtues of the travel insurance
company that hosts it. Click through these though and you'll find
at an extremely useful travel planner. The global weather guide will
you're not visiting far-off climes in the middle of a typhoon, while
travel health section contains practical and intelligent advice on
safely. There's also a directory of useful names and numbers that could
get you out of a tight spot.
not be flashly presented or fantastically designed but this site could
save you time, money and hassle on your hols. It features 1,000 handy
submitted by travellers around the world, ranging from the
to the frankly ridiculous but they're all entertaining and snappily
The tips are arranged into various subsections, making it easy to dip
and out before dashing for your flight.
Health Information Service
detailed and informative site, designed to ensure that you have a
holiday and have had all the necessary shots. Simply click on the area
of the world to which you are travelling and you'll be supplied with
the requisite information for a healthy trip. Considerations like
disease and drinking water are all covered in some detail. And it's
level of detail that makes the site so essential. It'll also tell you
to do if the worst should happen and you fall ill abroad.
well designed and put together site that aims to take the hassle out of
the travel experience. The latest travel news will keep you on top of
from civil unrest to industrial action by customs staff, and there are
a number of invaluable resources you simply won't find elsewhere. The
Intellitrip service will scour the Web and beyond to find you the best
flight deals, while Flight-tracker allows you to keep tabs on all the
in the world, so you won't be left hanging around in the arrivals
Centre for Disease Control
by the US Center for Disease Control this is a comprehensive discussion
of all the diseases to watch out for when travelling to far-flung
of the world. If you're travelling to a sensitive area, you'll want as
much information as possible on the dangers you may be facing. So the
articles and interactive map of the most troublesome regions may just