Extensive Cover at great rates and you'll be helping people in need at no extra cost to you.


Archive for January, 2010

Travel misery for Inca trail tourists

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The stranding of nearly 2,000 tourists, when heavy rains and mudslides in Peru blocked the train route to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, is a dramatic example of what can go wrong on holiday. No serious injuries have been reported to date but the Peruvian government declared an emergency in the region and airlifted 20 elderly and ill tourists by helicopter but the remainder are having to wait for the rail track, covered by land slips, to be repaired before being evacuated.

Thankfully, these incidents are still few and far between, but perhaps not so when it comes to the less explored regions of the globe, As more travellers venture into remoter areas, there will be an element of risk that will invariably attach itself to such holidays so using reputable tour operators and having adequate travel insurance cover is an absolute must. Such incidents are a good example on why insurance is so necessary when going on holiday.

Most people tend to think about losing a bag or suffering a delay at the airport but travel insurance covers so much more. The list is long. Tourists, in such incidents, should be eligible for reimbursement of the rest of their holiday if they have to curtail it short; any hospital costs from injuries sustained should be covered with repatriation included where necessary; personal belongings will be covered, legal costs should also be covered for any subsequent litigation and any lasting injury or death, as a result, could be covered by the personal accident part of the policy.

Travel insurance won’t stop an incident occurring but will significantly ease the distress and pain in the aftermath. So when deciding on purchasing travel insurance for your next trip, do think of the bigger picture rather than the loss on an ipod.

This article is brought to you by Travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance

March strike prospect by BA staff

Monday, January 18th, 2010

It appears that the threat of a British Airways strike may yet still happen.  The airline faces the prospect of a cabin crew walkout in March after the Unite trade union announced plans for a new strike ballot. The vote is expected to take a month to organise and if nearly 13,000 cabin crew approve a walkout, as is widely expected, a strike could be held from around 4 March onwards.

Both sides are deeply entrenched in their respective positions, with BA adamant that cabin crew numbers on flights must be cut, including a contentious unilateral decision to reduce staffing on long-haul routes. Unite, angered by the fact that the changes were imposed, has demanded the reinstatement of crew levels along with the payment of extra fees as a form of compensation.

This article is brought to you by Travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.

ESTA regulations for travel to the USA

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Since January 2009, Britons have had to get permission in advance to enter the USA under the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme. Launched last year, the US Authorities have, up to now, taken a charitable view to those travellers not using this system.  But not now. This ‘honeymoon’ period is over with ESTA becoming mandatory from Wednesday 20th January 2010. British passengers travelling to America will definitely be refused entry unless they have completed an electronic approval form before departure.

The ESTA scheme replaces the old arrangement whereby passengers needed to fill out a green card to enter the USA. It applies to all 35 countries that enjoy visa waiver status. An approved ESTA is valid for two years and can be used for multiple entries into the USA. Both British Airways and American Airlines have given warning that they will not accept any passengers who have not been approved through the scheme and advised that travellers fill out the online form at least 72 hours before departure. ESTA applications can be made at the following ESTA website.

It is free to apply for an ESTA, although that is likely to change. The US Senate voted in September 2009 in favour of charging tourists from visa-waiver countries a minimum of $10 (£7) to complete an ESTA and enter the US. The European Union is very critical of such a move.  Although the legislation must still pass through the House of Representatives, tourism officials expect the charges to be introduced in Summer 2010.

This article is brought to you by Travelandinsure.com – specialist in Ethical Travel Insurance.

Airport travel news 14th January

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

UK airports are getting back to ‘business as normal’ after the disruption of the last week.  Some airports are reporting delays and cancellations as airlines recover their schedules.  The latest travel report for 14th January for UK airports is:

Gatwick Airport: the airport is open but with knock-on delays and cancellations after Wednesday’s snow disruption. Passengers expecting to travel from Gatwick are strongly advised to contact their airline before setting out for the airport.

Birmingham Airport: says it is “open and operational.”

Cardiff Airport: the airport has reopened but flights may be subject to delays.

Luton Airport: the airport is open. However, as a result of severe weather conditions at UK and European airports, passengers or those meeting people at the airport are strongly advised to contact the airline as flights may still be subject to delay and/or cancellation.

Southampton Airport: the airport is open and flights are operating, but delays and cancellations are expected due to the weather. For the latest flight information please check the airport website .

Bristol Airport: the airport is open but flights are subject to disruption. Passengers are advised to check with their airline or tour operator for further information or visit the Departures and Arrivals pages. The Flier coach service to the airport is operating but services may be disrupted.

Exeter Airport: the airport is open and it is anticipated that flights will operate without major delays or cancellations.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport: the airport is open but passengers are being advised that their flights could be cancelled or delayed and they should check with their airline for the latest information.

Glasgow Airport: the airport is open but passengers are warned to expect delays and cancellations on some flights from other affected airports.

Edinburgh Airport: the airport is open however flights to and from the airport may be subject to delays and cancellations due to bad weather in other parts of the UK.

Aberdeen Airport: the airport is open and operational, however passengers are being advised to check with their airline about delays due to bad weather in other parts of the UK.

This news is brought to you by Travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.

Snow travel advice 13th January

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Fresh snow across the UK has led to airport closures, flight delays and cancellations.  The latest travel information for 13th January for UK Airports and airlines is as follows:

Gatwick Airport has suspended all flights while it clears snow off the runway. It does not expect flights to resume until at least 4pm. Passengers should check with their airline before travelling to the airport.

Heathrow Airport is open but warning of flight delays and cancellations due to the weather. Passengers should check with their airline before travelling to the airport.

London City Airport is warning of flight delays and cancellations due to the weather, and the live arrivals board is showing flight diversions this morning. Passengers should check with their airline before travelling to the airport.

Stansted Airport and Luton Airport are open and operating as normal.

The Stansted Express and Gatwick Express are running as normal, but the Heathrow Express is warning of delays and cancellations.

Southampton Airport has suspended flights while snow is cleared off the runway, but is optimistic that flights will resume shortly. Passengers are being advised to check in as normal.

Birmingham International Airport has closed its runway and says no flights will operate until at least midday. Passengers are being advised to check in as normal unless they hear otherwise from their airline.

Bristol Airport, Exeter Airport, Manchester Airport, Leeds Bradford International Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, East Midlands Airport, Bournemouth Airport and Humberside Airport are all open but flights may be subject to delay and cancellation.

Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports are open, but are warning of flight delays and cancellations. Passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport.

In addition, Air Traffic Control strike action in Paris airports is also disrupting flights. It is scheduled to last until Friday.

British Airways is warning of continued disruption to flights today with cancellations and delays. It is advising passengers to check the status of their flight online or by accessing its mobile site, batogo.com. Passengers who are unable to get to the airport can re-book on to a flight to the same destination within the next 14 days. Passengers on cancelled flights can also rebook or claim a full refund.

EasyJet is warning of flight cancellations today, some of which may be last minute. It has launched an online flight checker tool for passengers to check the status of their flight. Passengers affected by cancellations are being offered an alternative flight or refund.

Ryanair has cancelled 18 flights so far today, mostly in and out of Birmingham and Gatwick. It has listed them in full on its website. Passengers affected by cancellations can apply for a refund or book an alternative flight.

Flybe has cancelled a number flights in and out of Gatwick, Southampton and Birmingham. The full list is on its website. Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are being offered alternative flights to the original destination or a refund.

This information is brought to you by Travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.

Snow travel report 12th January

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

More snow is expected today in the South West of the UK.  The snow travel report for UK Airports and Eurostar for 12th January is:

AIRPORTS

Heathrow Airport: the airport is open but suffering delays. Passengers are advised to check with their airline that their flight is operating before they travel to the airport.

Gatwick Airport: Gatwick remains open with some disruption to flight arrivals and delays to departures. Passengers should contact their airline for the latest flight information.

Stansted Airport: the airport is open but with further snowfall and icy conditions expected across eastern and southern England, passengers are advised to check with their airlines before travelling and allow extra time for their journey.

Birmingham Airport: the airport is open but delays are expected due to runway closures overnight.

Luton Airport: the airport is open. But passengers or those meeting people at the airport are strongly advised to contact the airline.

Southampton Airport: the airport is open and flights are operating, but delays and cancellations are expected due to the weather. For the latest flight information please check the airport website .

Manchester Airport: the airport is open. Services may be disrupted by the knock-on effect of poor weather elsewhere. Passengers travelling or people meeting flights are advised to check with their airline before travelling.

Bristol Airport: the airport is open but flights are subject to disruption. Passengers are advised to check with their airline or tour operator for further information or visit the Departures and Arrivals pages. The Flier coach service to the airport is operating but services may be disrupted.

Exeter Airport: the airport is open and it is anticipated that flights will operate without major delays or cancellations.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport: the airport is open but passengers are being advised that their flights could be cancelled or delayed and they should check with their airline for the latest information.

Glasgow Airport: the airport is open but passengers are warned to expect delays and cancellations on some flights, particularly to and from the south of the country.

Edinburgh Airport: the airport is open however flights to and from the airport may be subject to delays and cancellations due to bad weather in other parts of the UK. Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling.

Aberdeen Airport: the airport is open and operational, however flights may be affected by poor weather in other parts of the UK. Passengers are being advised to contact their airline before arriving at the terminal.

Leeds Bradford Airport: the airport is experiencing delays due to snowfall, but all passengers are advised to check in as normal. Live flight information is available on the airport website.

RAIL

Eurostar: A near normal service running 12 January, with only a few cancellations.

This information is brought to you by Travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.

Snow travel report 11th January

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Freezing weather is still causing disruption to Britain’s roads, railways and airports. Travel advice for UK airports and Eurostar for 11th January is as follows:

AIRPORTS

Heathrow Airport: the airport is open but suffering delays. BAA is urging passengers only to travel to the airport if they have confirmed with their airline that their flight is operating.

Gatwick Airport: Gatwick remains open with some disruption to flight arrivals and delays to departures.

Stansted Airport: the airport is open but with further snowfall and icy conditions expected across eastern and southern England, passengers are advised to check with their airlines before travelling and allow extra time for their journey.

Birmingham Airport: the airport is open.

Luton Airport: the airport is open. But passengers or those meeting people at the airport are strongly advised to contact the airline.

Southampton Airport: the airport is open and flights are operating, but delays and cancellations are expected due to the weather. For the latest flight information please check the airport website .

Manchester Airport: the airport is open. Services may be disrupted by the knock-on effect of poor weather elsewhere. Passengers travelling or people meeting flights are advised to check with their airline before travelling.

Bristol Airport: the airport is open but flights are subject to delay and cancellation. Passengers are advised to check with their airline or tour operator for further information or visit the Departures and Arrivals pages. The Flier coach service to the airport is operating but services may be disrupted.

Exeter Airport: the airport is open and it is anticipated that flights will operate without major delays or cancellations.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport: the airport terminal is open but passengers are being advised that their flights could be cancelled or delayed and they should check with their airline for the latest information.

Glasgow Airport: the airport is open but passengers are warned to expect delays and cancellations on some flights, particularly to and from the south of the country.

Edinburgh Airport: the airport is open however flights to and from the airport may be subject to delays and cancellations due to bad weather in other parts of the UK. Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling.

Aberdeen Airport: the airport is open and operational, however incoming flights may be affected by poor weather in other parts of the UK. Passengers are being advised to contact their airline before arriving at the terminal.

Leeds Bradford Airport: the airport is open but services are being affected by delays and cancellations. Please check with your airline or on the airport website.

RAIL

Eurostar: A reduced timetable is running. Customers who do have to travel should check-in as early as possible to be accommodated on the next available service. Disney and Ski services are running normally.

This information is brought to you by Travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.

Snow travel report 9th January

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

With more widespread snow expected in the next 24 hours, the travel report for UK airports and Eurostar for 9th January is as follows:

AIRPORTS

Heathrow Airport: the airport is open but suffering delays and at least 50 cancellations, mostly on British Airways.

Gatwick Airport: Gatwick remains open with some disruption to flight arrivals and delays to departures, however, the threat of more snow and ice remains. Some airlines are operating very restricted services and it is strongly advised that passengers contact their airline before setting out for the airport.

Stansted Airport: the airport is open but with further snowfall and icy conditions expected across eastern and southern England, passengers are advised to check with their airlines before travelling and allow extra time for their journey.

Birmingham Airport: the airport is open with minor delays.

Luton Airport: the airport is open. However, as a result of severe weather conditions at UK and European airports, passengers or those meeting people at the airport are strongly advised to contact the airline.

Southampton Airport: the airport is open and flights are operating, but delays and cancellations are expected due to the weather. For the latest flight information please check the airport website.

Manchester Airport: the airport is now open but passengers travelling or people meeting flights are advised to check with their airline before travelling.

Bristol Airport: the airport is open but flights are subject to delay and cancellation. Passengers are advised to check with their airline or tour operator for further information or visit the Departures and Arrivals pages. The Flier coach service to the airport is operating but services may be disrupted.

Exeter Airport: the airport is open and it is anticipated that flights will operate without major delays or cancellations.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport: the airport terminal is open but passengers are being advised that their flights could be cancelled or delayed and they should check with their airline for the latest information.

Glasgow Airport: the airport is open but many British Airways flights to and from Heathrow have been cancelled and passengers booked on these services are advised to contact their airline.

Edinburgh Airport: the airport is open however flights to and from the airport may be subject to delays and cancellations due to bad weather in other parts of the UK. Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling.

Aberdeen Airport: the airport is open and operational, however a number of arriving and departing flights have been affected by poor weather conditions in other parts of the UK. Passengers are being advised to contact their airline before arriving at the terminal.

Leeds Bradford Airport: the airport is open but may experience delays and cancellations. Please check with your airline or on the airport website.

RAIL

Eurostar: A reduced timetable is running. Eurostar advise customers not to travel unless the journey is essential. Customers who do have to travel should check-in as early as possible to be accommodated on the next available service. Disney and Ski services are running normally.

This information is brought to you by Travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.

Snow travel advice 8th January

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Snow and ice continue to cause delays and cancellations at UK airports and this has extended to Eurostar journeys to the Continent.  Latest travel advice for 8th January is:

AIRPORTS

Gatwick Airport: Gatwick remains open with some disruption to flight arrivals and delays to departures, however, the threat of more snow and ice remains. Some airlines are operating very restricted services and it is strongly advised that passengers contact their airline before setting out for the airport.

Heathrow Airport: the airport is open but passengers should only travel to the airport if they have confirmed with their airline that their flight is operating. In addition, yesterday’s disruption at Heathrow and elsewhere has knock on effects which will result in further delays and cancellations today.

Stansted Airport: the airport is open but with further snowfall and icy conditions expected across eastern and southern England, passengers are advised to check with their airlines before travelling and allow extra time for their journey.

Birmingham Airport: the airport is open and flights are mostly running on time.. Passengers should contact their airline for further details and leave enough time for their journey to the airport.

Luton Airport: the airport is open. However, as a result of severe weather conditions at UK and European airports, passengers or those meeting people at the airport are strongly advised to contact the airline.

Southampton Airport: the airport is open and flights are operating as usual. For the latest flight information please check the airport website .

Manchester Airport: the airport is now open but passengers travelling or people meeting flights are advised to check with their airline before travelling.

Bristol Airport: the airport is open but flights are subject to delay and cancellation. Passengers are advised to check with their airline or tour operator for further information or visit the Departures and Arrivals pages. The Flier coach service to the airport is operating but services may be disrupted.

Exeter Airport: the airport is open and it is anticipated that flights will operate throughout Friday without major delays or cancellations.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport: the airport terminal is open but passengers are being advised that their flights could be cancelled or delayed and they should check with their airline for the latest information.

Glasgow Airport: the airport is open and the runway is operating normally. Weather conditions are good. However, due to heavy snow and icy conditions across the UK, flights to and from the airport may be subject to delays and cancellations. Passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport.

Edinburgh Airport: the airport is open however flights to and from the airport may be subject to delays and cancellations due to bad weather in other parts of the UK. Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling.

Aberdeen Airport: the airport is open and operational, however a number of arriving and departing flights have been affected by poor weather conditions in other parts of the UK. In particular, passengers travelling to or from any of the London airports are being advised to contact their airline before arriving at the terminal, as these routes are experiencing the worst delays.

Leeds Bradford Airport: the airport is open but may experience delays and cancellations today. Please check with your airline or on the airport website.

easyJet: the airline axed more than 30 flights to and from UK airports today and British Airways warned of “significant delays due to snow and the current icy conditions”, adding that “severe icing on the aircraft parking stands” was a main problem.

RAIL

Eurostar: A reduced timetable is running. Eurostar advise customers not to travel unless the journey is essential. Customers who do have to travel should check-in as early as possible to be accommodated on the next available service.

This information is brought to you by Travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.

Travel update 7th January

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Following the widespread snow in Southern England, all airports are now reporting they are open but to expect flight cancellations and severe flight delays as airlines cope to re-position aircraft and flight crews.

For those with flights to catch, do check what you are covered for if you take out a travel insurance policy. Under most travel insurance policies, insurers will respond to claims for Delay and Abandonment as well as Missed Departure. Some insurers provide cover for events beyond your control so, if you have been delayed by the snow, then the travel insurance will cover you for additional accommodation and travel expenses incurred to get you to your destination, so your holiday is not lost.

Don’t forget to obtain a written report from the airline confirming the delay and a report from the police or breakdown service if your vehicle has been held up in the snow.

This article is brought to you by Travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.