Economy travellers can now enjoy many of the perks associated with business class - at a fraction of the cost. From pay-per-use airport lounges, pre-booked priority lanes at security, and even gourmet meals that can be ordered by economy passengers, experts say these luxuries are proving more popular than ever.Gideon Hedley (pictured) chose to pay to use an airport lounge when he travelled to Turkey with his family from London Gatwick.
For most holidaymakers, their break will be nothing but fun...but what happens if you fall ill or are injured while abroad? Here, LIZ PHILLIPS explains the steps you should take.
The four great holiday rip-offs: Now stealth tax rises, currency con tricks, car hire extras and credit card swindles are making foreign trips unaffordable for British families
Families are being hammered with a £250 holiday tax - plus a triple whammy of stealth fees. Taking a family of four to Spain means handing the taxman £133.20 - 30 per cent up on 2008. Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon is set halve air passenger duty between 2018 and 2021 in a bid to boost business. Tory MPs are privately putting pressure on Philip Hammond, the new Chancellor, to cut VAT in the autumn statement to provide a post-referendum shot-in-the arm to the economy. Last night, they went public with calls for air passenger duty to be cut.
I paid for a package holiday and car hire with Thomson but was stranded at the airport when it failed to book the car. Now it's refusing a refund
How car hire firms take you for a ride: We head to Spain to identify all the sneaky rip-offs you need to watch out for
Ruth Lythe heads to Malaga to investigate the cash-grabbing world of car hire, where firms use every trick in the book to milk extra money from customers. From demanding extra excess insurance with threats of sky-high charges for damage if you don't take it, to charging in pounds over euros and identifying dubious damage on return, we reveal the tricks.
Can you beat a Kindle? The six best e-readers to take on holiday this summer and save space in your suitcase
It will soon be time to get ready for the summer holiday and to pack a few books to help you unwind while on the beach sipping cocktails. The problem is that when it comes to packing light to beat baggage restrictions, that pile of books adds up. We take a look at six of the best e-readers, including the Kindle's chief rivals.
Travel cover that's useless if your bag's pinched on the beach: Cheap deals are being peddled online - but don't expect much help when things go wrong
I booked a discounted Florida villa to take my grandkids to Disney but Thomas Cook charged us £984 in under-occupancy fees
It was only after I had booked the Florida villa holiday with Thomas Cook that I was made aware that while the price quoted was what I would pay, it included an under-occupancy fee that I hadn't known about. When the booking confirmation came through, I had been charged six under-occupancy fees totalling £984. Is this fair?
Week in the Mediterranean sun gets more expensive for British tourists as pound dives against the euro
The pound has fallen to €1.24 yesterday, the lowest since June 2014, amid growing uncertainty in the run up to June's referendum over the UK's membership in the European Union. This means that having a meal, a drink or buying a tub of suncream in many European destinations has become more expensive for British holidaymakers, according to the Post Office Travel Money's latest holiday costs barometer.
Ghost town Sharm El Sheikh: Once bustling resort is almost deserted as terror attacks keep thousands of tourists away
The Egyptian resort on the Red Sea is still suffering after the downing of a Russian holiday jet. The number of tourists visiting last month has almost halved compared to the same time last year. A welcoming sign belies the reality of empty swimming pools and abandoned hotels. The UK Foreign Office is still advising against all but essential travel by air to Sharm El Sheikh airport. Travel firms including Thomas Cook have cancelled all bookings to the resort. The average number of nights tourists are spending in the country went down by 67.2 per cent in February this year compared to 2015, from 9.2 to 5.5.
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