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Thomas Cook Cabin Crew to go on strike https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/thomas-cook-cabin-crew-to-go-on-strike/ https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/thomas-cook-cabin-crew-to-go-on-strike/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 16:40:37 +0000 http://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/?p=1153 Recent news is that Thomas Cook cabin crew have just voted in favour of going on strike over a row about health and safety, apparently half of the union members have taken part in this strike and 74% of them had voted on taking industrial action. Thomas Cook airlines have come out saying that there […]

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Recent news is that Thomas Cook cabin crew have just voted in favour of going on strike over a row about health and safety, apparently half of the union members have taken part in this strike and 74% of them had voted on taking industrial action.

Thomas Cook airlines have come out saying that there has been a contingency plan put in place which means that customers will still be able to go on holiday if and when the strikes occur, however with the airline flying over 6 million passengers on a yearly basis there could definitely be some flight delays.

Half-term holidays disrupted?

A spokesperson for Unite has said that Union bosses are due to hold talks with Thomas Cook and the conciliation service known as Acas this Thursday and Tuesday next week in order to see if they can avoid any action being taken.

The Union spokesperson has said that it was not the intention of the crew to disrupt any upcoming holiday plans over half term that passengers may have, however in order for a strike to go ahead  the union is required to provide at least 7 days notice to Thomas Cook and so far they haven’t served this notice.

The reason behind the strike is due to Thomas Cook reducing the breaks that the cabin crew are allowed to take from one 20 minute break being allowed every six hours to them only being able to take one 20 minute break for every 12 hours that they have worked which is actually the minimum allowance set out by the Civil Aviation Authority’s guidelines.

The union has come out saying that they should provide at least 2 twenty minute breaks every six hours.

Thomas Cooks Response

A spokesperson for Thomas Cook has said that they are disappointed with the cabin crew members who voted in favour of the strike and that they try and keep the safety of both their staff and customers in mind adhering to all the rules that are set surrounding crew breaks.

The airline is committed to working towards a solution with Unite in order to ensure that there is an end to the dispute, however there has been plans put in place that will allow customers to be able to go on holiday with out a hitch.

However whether or not this happens only time will tell, so if this summer you’re affected by the Thomas Cook strike make sure you get in touch with Flight Delay Specialist and we will help you claim back any compensation owed to you.

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How much should you tip when holidaying abroad? https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/how-much-should-you-tip-when-holidaying-abroad/ https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/how-much-should-you-tip-when-holidaying-abroad/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 13:33:22 +0000 http://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/?p=1150 Tipping is without a doubt one of the most awkward parts of a holiday, everywhere you go has different expectations which makes it hard to figure out whether you’re tipping well too much or not enough. Giving a tip shows your appreciation of the service provided and to be blunt us Brits generally arent the […]

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Tipping is without a doubt one of the most awkward parts of a holiday, everywhere you go has different expectations which makes it hard to figure out whether you’re tipping well too much or not enough. Giving a tip shows your appreciation of the service provided and to be blunt us Brits generally arent the best when it comes to working out how much we need to tip.

Firstly we will start off with the UK itself and then start going around the rest of the popular tourist destinations:

UK

While tipping isn’t as widespread in England as it is in the States you will still be expected to do it across various different services, below are a list of some of the places that we would expect to tip:

Restaurants: When paying for a meal always check to see if a service charge has been added at the bottom of the bill, if this is the case then you are not required to pay a tip as its already included however if there is no service charge that has been added then customers are generally expected to tip around 10% of the overall food bill. When you’re at a cafe or fast food eatery you are not expected to tip for anything.

Bars/Pubs: While its not always expected that you tip at a bar or a pub it goes a long way especially as the staff is more likely to serve you first, also if you are ordering a particularly difficult drink such as a cocktail then a tip at the end is always nice.

Transport: While taking public transport around the UK whether its by bus, taxi or train you are not expected to tip. However if transporting heavy luggage via a taxi and the driver helps you carry them to the door a tip is always welcome for going above and beyond what is normally required.

Accommodation: Staff don’t expect customers to tip but if they do provide a good service its always a nice extra.

USA

Despite some similarities when it comes to tipping the United States is completely different to back in the UK and tipping is 100% expected here. A lot of employees are paid on the basis that they will get tips which will boost their wage hence why its so important. Below is a quick guide on how much you should be tipping at different establishments:

Food: In America they seldom add a service charge on to the final bill unless there is a large group of people, typically the average tip is around 15/20% of the bill not including the sales tax however if you have received excellent service then 25% is normally whats expected. When eating at a Buffet restaurant it is slightly different and the average tip is around $1-$2 per person dining. You’ll find at all coffee shops and fast food establishments there is a tip jar at hand however its not expected as there has been no table service provided.

Bars: Similar to food, tipping either a dollar per every drink that you receive or 20% of the overall bill is generally welcomed.

Transport: Typically taxi drivers receive an additional 10 – 15% on the overall cost of the journey,

Hotels: Its always advisable to have some dollar bills on hand to give to the hotel staff such as the bell hops who carry your luggage to and from the room or the house keeping staff who clean it up every day. You’ll notice that some hotels will even leave an envelope out for you to place any money into it.

The easiest way to work the tipping arrangements in America is to run with a 15% – 20% tip everywhere that you go to, if you do this then you will be okay.

France

Food: When eating out in French restaurants you will always have a service charge included as at the bottom of every bill there is a section which says service compris which will have the cost next to it. But this doesn’t mean that you cant provide an additional tip on top.

Bars: While drinking in France its not customary to tip the bar staff.

Traveling: You’re not required to tip taxi drivers however if they do provide excellent service then it never goes a miss.

Hotel: Once again tipping at your accommodation is completely down to you, but its always nice to tip the porters and the staff that clean your room with a few euros.

Spain

Spain is another country similar to both England and France where tipping is not mandatory behavior, however it is welcomed at various resorts where there are lots of tourists.

Restaurants: Depending on the type of restaurant you eat at will be reflected in the tip, the more upper class restaurants staff will expect a tip of 10% or more where as at cafes and cheaper restaurants then staff would be happy with a few euros extra for the service that they have provided.

Bars: Staff at bars typically do not expect any form of tip however if you feel it necessary to tip leave some change before you go.

Transport: Like the UK and France if the taxi driver goes out of their way to help you with your bags then its always nice to give them a tip and to round up the fare to the nearest Euro as it saves carrying around unnecessary change.

Hotel: Staff do not expect to be tipped at any of the hotels however leaving money is always accepted.

Turkey

Tipping isn’t part of Turkish Culture, while its accepted its definitely not necessary. But considering the £1 is currently worth 4.33TL you should have some money left over to provide a nice tip.

Food: When paying your bill its always nice to leave around 10% extra on top of your bill for any good service that you have received.

Bars: Tips are not necessary when drinking at a bar however bartenders are still happy to accept anything that you want to leave them.

Transport: Once again tips aren’t expected but its always good practice to round up to closest sensible amount as you’ve got to keep in mind £1 is equal to over 4 liras.

Hotel: Leave a few liras for the porter and the cleaning staff who help out.

Australia

Tipping in Australia is similar to the UK and the rest of Europe.

Restaurant: Typically 10% added on to the final bill is all that is necessary, while its not expected at the low end restaurants its still nice to do. Where as in more expensive restaurants its expected that customers tip their staff.

Bars:The best way to tip at a bar in Australia is to let the staff keep the change left over from your drink if its not a huge amount.

Transport: if the driver goes out of his way to help you move the luggage then its definitely a good idea to give them a tip.

Hotel: Similar to the UK just provide a tip to the cleaners if you feel its necessary, its certainly not expected by the staff.

Japan

Japan is one of the easiest countries to tip in, our advice is not to tip as it is actually considered to be incredibly rude handing money directly to the server themselves.

There are more countries than this but we feel this guide will cover all the major holiday destinations. Remember if you experience a flight delay when traveling to any of these countries from the UK we can help you claim compensation.

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9 Tips to improve comfort when flying https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/9-tips-to-improve-comfort-when-flying/ https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/9-tips-to-improve-comfort-when-flying/#respond Tue, 24 May 2016 14:56:51 +0000 http://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/?p=1147 We can all agree there is no better feeling than stepping off a plane and already feeling refreshed and ready to have a great holiday. Regardless whether you plan on flying either a long haul or a short haul flight there are a few things that you can do to improve your overall experience. 1. […]

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We can all agree there is no better feeling than stepping off a plane and already feeling refreshed and ready to have a great holiday. Regardless whether you plan on flying either a long haul or a short haul flight there are a few things that you can do to improve your overall experience.

1. Freshen Up Bag

This is something that everyone overlooks but when you’re flying for more than 5 hours in a cramped space there are a few items that you should carry with you such as lip balm, moisturiser, aftershave, deodorant, razor, eye drops, mask and ear plugs. All of these items can be bought in duty free and will come in a miniature form which means they wont take up much space in your  hand luggage. These items can really amke the difference when you step off your flight feeling, looking and smelling fresh after a long time spent cramped up.

2. Pillow

Probably more important for those of you who are flying long distances having a comfy pillow can really make the difference when it comes to getting a 30 minute nap here and there to sleeping the majority of the way through the flight. While air lines may give you a pillow they typically aren’t the comfiest. We advise to take an inflatable one as this will allow you to flatten it down meaning it takes up less space in your hand luggage.

3. Comfy Socks

Another item that is normally overlooked is a fresh pair of comfy socks, after your feet have been cramped up for a few hours its such a relief to change into something clean. For those of you flying longer distances try and find a pair of socks that are made out of Cashmere as these will definitely make the flight more tolerable.

4. A Light Laptop

Fantastic for putting off the boredom, there is only one laptop that comes to mind when it comes to it being light, durable and packed full of battery power and that is the Macbook Ar from Apple, you’ll be able to get a full 13 hours of entertainment which will manage to last you most of the flight. While you wont have access to the internet on most flights you will be able to watch movies, play games and even do work if you need to.

5. Chocolate/Comfort Food

Regardless whether you’re flying a long or short distance comfort food is always nice, chocolate is well known to release endorphin’s that make you happy so taking a bar or two on a long haul flight is surely going to improve your mood even if its just a little bit. Even on a short haul flight it can make the difference as you’re least likely to get served any food which means you’ll have something to eat while you’re in the air.

6. Take a Pashmina

This is probably more geared towards women travelers but Pashminas are a great item to take on board with you as they can provide multiple different uses such as a blanket or it can be used as a scarf when you leave the flight. For men its a bit harder but they do have pashminas that are done in more masculine colours,

7. Take an iPod or MP3 Player

Music can be a great way to pass time when flying and it always helps to take more than one electric entertainment device as a back up when flying long haul. iPods are incredibly versatile and nowadays you can upload anything from music to audio books and even movies if you’ve got one of the most up to date models. Combine this with a great pair of headphones and you will soon forget that you’re even on a plane.

8. Take a light camera

There are some incredibly light cameras out there nowadays which still provide customers with some fantastic shots, while flying its always a great time to get some shots of the scenery whether you’re flying over mountains, lakes or the oceans. It will also give you something to do on the way back as you will be able to browse through all of your holiday snaps.

9. Take a book or a kindle

Nowadays you’ve got the choice of whether you prefer the rustic feel of using a hard cover book or you can get all of them downloaded to your kindle/tablet device. Kindles are typically cheaper than most tablets so if you want to keep things on the low end side of the budget we advise investing in one as they can provide hours of entertainment as you are able to download thousands of different books directly from the amazon store.

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18 Tips when traveling internationally https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/19-tips-when-traveling-internationally/ https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/19-tips-when-traveling-internationally/#respond Mon, 23 May 2016 11:11:24 +0000 http://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/?p=1141 Whether this is your first holiday abroad or you’re a travel veteran we’ve listed our top 18 tips that you should follow before you embark on your trip. Health and Security Tips Get a check up with your Doctor: Depending on where you’re traveling to this can vary on how important it is for you, […]

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Whether this is your first holiday abroad or you’re a travel veteran we’ve listed our top 18 tips that you should follow before you embark on your trip.

Health and Security Tips

  1. Get a check up with your Doctor: Depending on where you’re traveling to this can vary on how important it is for you, if you plan on hitting the Mediterranean you probably wont need to do this as much but if you’re going to somewhere a bit more tropical like Thailand its expected that you go get the necessary vaccinations before hand and make sure that you have all of your insurance documents sorted out before flying just in case.
  2. Take more than one copy of your passport: While it doesn’t happen often if you do end up losing it or your passport gets stolen its always good to have a copy on hand so you’re able to prove your citizenship. Obviously it can be faked but at least you have some evidence.
  3. Leave another copy at home: For extra safety you should leave a second copy of your passport with a friend or relative, you can even go as far as creating an electronic copy which can be saved to your phone or email account.
  4. Register with your countries embassy: If you ever come into any trouble when you’re abroad this will make it much easier if you need to get in contact with your government and help you get back safely.

Money Tips

  1. Check what the conversion rates are before traveling: Converting money can be a pain, especially when you want to get the most for your money. Unless you’ve got knowledge of the exchange markets this is a hard one to guess at but if you notice the currency unusually high compared to historic data then its best to change then and not wait around.
  2. Make sure they accept your debit or credit card: While the majority of European countries use Chip & Pin this may not be the same for everywhere in the world, so if you’re planning on visiting countries like Cuba its good to see whether or not you’d be better off taking cash.
  3. Change at a local bank: When traveling abroad its not always wise to convert all your money at once, this is because you can lose it in the run up. If this is something you do we advise you not to convert your cash at the airport, this is because they charge a commission meaning you’ll get less money. Head to a local bank or ATM machine where you will get the best rates.
  4. Keep cash on you at all times: Not all establishments will be able to process card payments so to save yourself getting stuck in this predicament make sure you always carry some cash around with you.
  5. Let your bank know you’re traveling: If you don’t tell your bank that you plan on traveling and they start to see purchases in foreign countries they may freeze your account in order to prevent fraud, so make sure before you go away that you notify your bank that you plan on traveling, nowadays you don’t even need to go into a store to do this and it can be done via internet banking.
  6. Entry/Exit Fees: There are some countries that will charge entry/exit fees in order to travel there such as turkey which chargers all foreigners a 15 Euro entry fee. These prices are not included in the original ticket cost and can range from £5 all the way up to £150 depending on where you travel to.

Planning Tips

  1. Preemptively buy your tickets: If you’ve already planned where you want to go make sure you buy your tickets in advance as you’ll probably be able to benefit from early bird deals which could get you much more for your money.
  2. Pick up a guidebook: Guidebooks will contain all the information that a tourist will want when traveling to a certain destination such as key phrases that would be good to learn, attractions and restaurants. Nowadays you don’t even have to buy a hard book copy as there are so many mobile applications which will have all of the relevant information for you.
  3. Research whats going on: Especially true if you’re on a city break, take a look and see if there are any specific events that are occurring while you’re on holiday such as festivals, concerts, parties etc. You can then organise the rest of your trip around this.

Electronics Tips

  1. Research what converter you’ll need: Depending on the country you go to you’ll probably need to buy a convertor plug which will allow you to charge any electrical items that you plan on taking abroad with you.
  2. Check what voltage your electronic items use: Similar to the converter you’ll need to see if your electrical items match the voltage of the country that you’re going to and either buy a plug which will convert it accordingly.
  3. Go global: If you plan on using your phone abroad make sure you activate any global capabilities that it may have, not only will allow this to work in foreign countries but it will also reduce any roaming charges that you may incur.

Luggage & packing Tips

  1. Take an extra set of clothing with your hand luggage: always carry an extra set of clothes just in case the airline ends up losing your luggage so you’ve got something to change into.
  2. Check your hand luggage allowance: Its always a good idea to see how much you’re allowed to carry on with you before flying, in some cases you may even be able to travel without checking in a bag as it all fits in the hand luggage allowance.

So there you have it our top 18 tips when traveling internationally and remember if you ever get stuck you can claim flight delay compensation with the help of Flight Delay Specialists.

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8 Airports that suffer the worst Flight Delays https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/8-airports-that-suffer-the-worst-flight-delays/ https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/8-airports-that-suffer-the-worst-flight-delays/#respond Thu, 19 May 2016 10:54:34 +0000 http://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/?p=1127 The summer is fast approaching which means its holiday season, which also means that people will suffer flight delays and with companies offering cheaper air fares than ever before more and more people will be planning to go away than ever before. There is just so many factors that can affect whether or not you’ll […]

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The summer is fast approaching which means its holiday season, which also means that people will suffer flight delays and with companies offering cheaper air fares than ever before more and more people will be planning to go away than ever before. There is just so many factors that can affect whether or not you’ll experience a flight delay with one of these being the heightened security risk the queues are getting longer as more checks are being brought in.

In this article we will be looking at which Airports suffer the worst flight delays having the lowest the worst percentage of on time departures between the months of January and March this year. All of our data has been taken from the department of transportation so if you’re planning to fly from any of these airports below make sure you arrive earlier than expected to ensure you don’t miss your flight:

1. San Francisco Airport – 71.82% of flights depart on time

San Francisco Airport

San Francisco International tops our list of the airport that suffers the worst flight delays, over 3 months only 71.82% of flights departed on time meaning over 1 in 4 flights were delayed and to top it off out in the states no one is covered for flight delay compensation.

2. Miami Airport – 76.03% of flights depart on time

Miami International Airport

In second place is Miami International Airport where just under a quarter of flights were delayed, once again as this is an American airport you wont benefit from any flight delay compensation laws. Were starting to see a trend here.

3. Fort Lauderdale Airport – 76.60% of flights departed on time

Fort Lauderdale Airport

A close 3rd in our list is the Ft Lauderdale airport where passengers on approximately 76.60% have departed on time, that means 23.40% of passengers traveling from here have experienced being delayed.

4. Dallas/Fort Worth – 76.64% of flights have departed on time

Dallas/fortworth Airport

In 4th position is the Dallas/Fort Worth airport which has experienced 23.26% of passengers have been delayed when flying out of this airport, this is the 4th American airport on our list are you starting to see a trend here.

5. Denver – 77.21% of flights have departed on time

Denver Airport Exterior

5th on the list is Denver Airport where 22.79% of flights have been delayed, well at least its a pretty airport to get delayed at which is more than we can say for some of the others on our list.

6. New York – 77.38% of flights departed on time

New York Airport

7th in the list is the New York Airport where 22.22% of flights had suffered a flight delay in the last 3 months.

7. Los Angeles – 77.40% of flights departed on time

LAX Airport

Definitely a stylish airport to get delayed at, but lets face it with only 77.40% of flights departing on time they need to make it pleasing to the eye for everyone who’s stuck around waiting.

8. Orlando – 78.35% of flights departed on time

Orlando Airport

The final airport in our list is Orlando which has seen only 78.35% of flights depart on time.

Well there you have it, the top 8 airports for the worst delays and would you look at that, every single one of them is American. This could be down to a number of reasons but America does have some of the tightest airport security in the world which will definitely add to the rate of flight delays.

 

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Package or DIY Holidays: Which is better value for money? https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/package-or-diy-holidays/ https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/package-or-diy-holidays/#respond Wed, 18 May 2016 16:11:40 +0000 http://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/?p=1124 Package holidays is one of the most popular types of holidays that gets sold today, the reason why this is so popular is due to the pure convenience of having everything done for you without having to do anything yourself however if you’re looking for value for money you may want to consider going on […]

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Package holidays is one of the most popular types of holidays that gets sold today, the reason why this is so popular is due to the pure convenience of having everything done for you without having to do anything yourself however if you’re looking for value for money you may want to consider going on a DIY holiday.instead.

Before booking any package holiday ask yourself these simple questions and see whether booking it all individually is better for you:

1. Where do you plan on traveling to?

If you’re planning on booking a city break then we advise to stay away from booking it as a package holiday, travel firms aren’t able to compete with the amount of choice that’s on offer when you choose to travel independently as you are able to fly for cheaper as you will be using a budget airline instead of a more premium one which means you’ll have more money to spend on your accommodation whether you want to to stay in a house, hotel, hostel etc. if you wanted to truly do a city break on the cheap you can pick up return flights for as little as £15 to Norway and then book a budget hostel for less than £20 a night.

2. Are you settled on the destination

The more flexible you are with where you plan on going then the cheaper the holiday will be, if you’ve got a set destination in mind and want a stress free booking process then its probably best to go down the package holiday route, everything is done for you before hand meaning all you need to do is turn up on the day. If however you’re flexible with where you end up and just want to go away then you should definitely go down the independent route, a lot of flights comparison sites allow you to search all the countries at once to find the cheapest tickets. Simply pick one form the list that looks good and book your flights.

3. Do you really need the extras?

When booking package holidays, reps will always try to up sell you with more things such as in-flight meals, park tickets etc. This is the time where you need to think do you really need to take all the additional extras, if the flight is only 3 hours long you probably don’t need to pay for the meal, and if you’re only going traveling for a few days maybe just take hand luggage all of this can help reduce the cost when booking as a package holiday. This is one of the benefits when booking independently, there is no one to up sell stuff you don’t need meaning you’ll probably get much better value for money.

4. Who are you planning on traveling with?

If you are travelling alone, you may well be better off with a DIY break, because package holidays tend to focus almost exclusively on people traveling together, and the per person price is always based on two people sharing. If you cannot share, then you will be charged a single supplement and given far less choice about where you can stay, so you may find yourself better off booking things separately if you plan to be traveling alone.

5. Are you a fan of organizing holidays?

Believe it or not there are some people out there who actually enjoy searching high and low for a bargain if this sounds like you then you will definitely want to book a DIY holiday as it really pays to shop around and see what you can find using the likes of sky scanner, trivago and air bnb to try and find yourself the cheapest possible combination of flights and accommodation. If this doesn’t sound like you and you’d much rather it all be sorted for a bit of extra on top then a package holiday is definitely the best option.

6. Trying to get a last minute deal?

Everyone tries to look for a last minute deal but sometimes it just doesn’t work that way and waiting until the last minute can actually see prices rise considerably meaning that cheap deal you thought you were going to get actually ends up pretty expensive. Some times its actually better when booking a package holiday to get it in advance, not only will you be securing your ticket but you will also protect yourself from unwanted price rises. When booking independently this is something you want to avoid as the air fares are not locked in at the very beginning like package holidays and will continue to rise up until the point of departure.

No matter which way you go you are protected by the EU flight delay compensation laws so if you end up getting delayed for 3 hours or more get in touch with us today and we will help you claim back money owed.

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Top tips for surviving a long haul flight https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/top-tips-for-surviving-a-long-haul-flight/ https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/top-tips-for-surviving-a-long-haul-flight/#respond Mon, 16 May 2016 11:17:51 +0000 http://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/?p=1119 Long haul flights are a pain, lets face it no one likes being cramped up in a seat for 9 hours +, it can get pretty annoying very quickly. That is why we thought it would be best to compile a set of tips for travelers embarking on these long distance journeys. Below are 10 […]

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Long haul flights are a pain, lets face it no one likes being cramped up in a seat for 9 hours +, it can get pretty annoying very quickly. That is why we thought it would be best to compile a set of tips for travelers embarking on these long distance journeys. Below are 10 of our top tips to make the most out of your long haul flight:

1. Upgrade whenever possible

When you embark on a long haul flight you should always check your frequent flier miles,you should always cash in your additional miles for an upgrade the difference in leg space from economy to first class thats why we always advise to try your luck and see if you can upgrade for a little extra money. Some flights will often sell the seats cheaper if you ask on the day if they have got any going spare. The only downside to going first class is once you’ve experienced it then you may never want to fly economy ever again.

2. Bring entertainment with you

Its 2016, there isn’t many of us out there who can go more than a few hours without using some form of electrical device. With most flights banning the use of mobiles which aren’t on flight mode it can be quite limiting. One of the items that we always like to pack in our hand luggage is either a tablet or small laptop with movies/series uploaded to them, not every long haul flight you go on will have a dedicated TV or a good selection of programs for you to watch. So why risk it, take your own entertainment with you and enjoy your flight much more than you would’ve without it..

3. Don’t take too much stuff with you

When packing your hand luggage its tempting to pack as much as possible in order to be able to take more stuff with you, however its not always a great idea the less you pack the more space you can have especially when you put in a tiny space for the next 10 hours or more. We tend to only pack one entertainment item such as a iPad or Laptop and a few necessities such as a small pillow/blanket and a few snacks that were bought in the airport.

4. Pack the essentials

We kind of covered this above but when flying on a long haul flight make sure you’ve only got the items you’ll need for the flight in your hand luggage such as pillows, eye masks, ear plugs, entertainment items, headphones etc. Any comfort that you can provide your body and mind throughout the flight is a positive and the inconvenience caused by having to carry around extra stuff will be negated by the additional comfort you will experience.

5. Don’t fly tired

Too many of us think that if we board a long haul flight tired we will be able sleep right through but that is seldom the case, and if you dont manage it then it only gets worse with the jet lag. Its generally a good idea to board a plane in a well rested state, while you may be awake for the majority of the flight you’ll feel much better when you leave as opposed to if you boarded the flight tired. But if you do feel sleepy while flying it is best to get a few hours of sleep.

6. Keep your stuff secure

While its rare it does happen, long haul flights are a premium place for the more unscrupulous passengers to take advantage of you when you fall asleep. Its always best to make sure your all of your valuables are secured in your bags. Make it as deep as possible to prevent anyone from finding them easily. All money, passports and debit cars should be kept inside your pockets or as close to your person as possible.

7. Sleeping, consider using a sleeping aid

If you’re planning to sleep on the plane then there are certain aids that you can take which will help aid the whole process. There are both pharmaceutical and natural methods but its best to try them out before you take them while flying as they could affect each person differently. One of the better aids to try out is either the natural Nytol or a form of Benadryl. Remember though try them out and make sure your body responds well to it first. You don’t want to be falling asleep while you’re waiting for your flight and miss it completely.

8. Ask about any free seats

Sometimes on long haul flights especially all of the seats haven’t been booked, so when you’re in the queue for the gate ask the person working their if there are any empty seats available ideally you’d be looking for one next to the entrance to plane as you’ll typically get more legroom and you’ll also be one of the first to leave the plane. If you’re traveling with another person try and ask if there is a window and an aisle seat available and if you’re lucky you could get a seat and a half worth of space.

9. Keep hydrated

When flying long distances its important to keep hydrated throughout the flight, failing to do so could lead to cramping of the muscles which is a pretty horrid experience especially when you’re in a small space. ideally you’d be looking to drink at least 1.5 liters of water throughout the whole flight this will ensure that you’re body is hydrated and will reduce the chance of any cramps building up in your muscles.

Long haul flights will never be a source of enjoyment but if you follow the above tips then it should become more tolerable. Statistically you’re more likely to be delayed on a long haul flight so if this ever happnes make sure you visit us and we will help you claim compensation for delayed flights.

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12 tips on how to get cheap flight prices https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/12-tips-on-how-to-get-cheap-flight-prices/ https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/12-tips-on-how-to-get-cheap-flight-prices/#respond Fri, 13 May 2016 11:11:36 +0000 http://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/?p=1115 Booking flights is seldom fun, all the motivation to go on holiday can be quickly sapped away when you see huge prices for direct tickets with the only affordable option being to make a few stop overs on the way. Well fortunately all is not lost and there are a few simple tips that you’ll […]

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Booking flights is seldom fun, all the motivation to go on holiday can be quickly sapped away when you see huge prices for direct tickets with the only affordable option being to make a few stop overs on the way. Well fortunately all is not lost and there are a few simple tips that you’ll be able to do in order to keep the prices low.

1. Go incognito

Definitely something that the majority of people overlook, when searching for any tickets whether you’re travelling by train or by air you should always clear your cookies before searching and then move to an incognito browser as the engines/airlines will actually show you prices based off your recent searches so if they know you’ve got intent to go somewhere they will adjust the prices accordingly and these tend to rise the more often you go to the site in order to try and get you to make a snap decision. So when searching for flights make sure you put your browser on incognito mode in order to see the lowest prices that are currently available.

If you remain in this mode you don’t need to worry about clearing your browsers cookies as every time you open up a new browser all of your cookies will be reset.

2. Don’t book direct from the airlines

Another mistake that a lot of people seem to do, instead of looking at flight search engines they go directly to the airline and book from there which normally results in a higher price, its actually better to head to a renowned flight search engine such as Sky Scanner or Kayak, enter in the details of where you want to go and the dates that you want to go on and what it will do is pull up all of the flights available and list them in price order.

Now the way these search engines work is they take a cut from the airline which can sometimes result in different prices across the site, websites such as Expedia tend to charge the most so prices are typically more there. Its best to utilise a few different search engines in order to find the best price, but the one we’ve found to be consistently good is SkyScanner.

3. Work out the cheapest departure day

People have all sorts of theories when it comes to which day is the cheapest to fly on but really there isn’t an exact date. The majority of the time it is cheapest to fly on a week day then it is on a weekend but this isn’t always strictly true. As there are no exact best dates the best thing to do is plan a date you’d ideally want to leave on and then work out which days offer the cheapest departure and go from there. The great thing about using search engines is you can actually compile them into one month and it will list the cheapest day for you to fly.

To do this on SkyScanner you will need to do the following:

  1. Head over to the SkyScanner website and enter in the places you want to fly to.
  2. Choose the one way option as were just trying to work out the cheapest days to fly out on.
  3. Click on the depart button but don’t enter in a date as we are trying to view the whole month and work out the cheapest option.
  4. Click on the search and take a look at which the cheapest date is, the prices will be under the date numbers.

If you’re planning a return flight you can do the above but for your return journey instead.

You can even use google flights which uses a similar algorithm to sites like SkyScanner but you will be unable to actually book your flight through the engine.

4. Use Budget Airlines

Its in the name after all, but budget airlines will cost significantly less money than airlines such as Virgin, however choosing a budget airline will mean you have to sacrifice certain comforts such as how much leg room space you have and whether they will provide you with food/drink for free when you fly.

Which ever way you choose to fly is down to personal preference if you don’t mind having restricted space/no free food then feel free to go budget, but if you’re after maximum comfort then be prepared to pay a premium.

5. Research the cheapest destinations first

If you haven’t already planned where you want to go on holiday but you’ve just got the holiday bug and you know for sure that you want to go away, by using flight search engines you are actually able to set where you will be departing from the date you want to leave but you can select Everywhere as your destination. What this will then do is list all of the countries for flights going out on your select day and put them in order of cheapest first. Meaning if you want to fly on a budget you may be able to find some great little holiday destinations for next to nothing prices.

Just looking at the prices today we can see that you’re able to get a return flight to Norway for £18, you can even fly to Italy for a week for £81. So next time you’ve got the craving for a holiday but you don’t think you can afford it try searching all countries and sorting it on price, you’ll be surprised what you might find.

6. Go to a travel agents

Travel agents benefit from being able to get access to much cheaper rates than what are available for the public, they wont be able to beat the search engines on flight prices but what they can do is find a better package holiday for places such as Spain. Its worth going into a store and checking out whats on offer then go home and compare to see if you can get it cheaper online.

7. Take a look at lesser known Airlines

Search engines are a fantastic tool, they quickly find, list and compile flights in price order but they don’t include all of the airlines the world has to offer. If you’re flying to less popular area take a look on google and find out whether they have a local airline which flies from your airport. We did a bit of research and if you were to fly around South America then you can fly with an Airline called LADE Air which originates from Argentina and these offer ridiculously cheaper prices in comparison to others that are listed in the search engines.

Even if you do find a smaller airline listed in the search engine, try checking out their site first and see if they have any offers or if its generally just listed cheaper on there.

8. Dont sit and think about it just book

If you already know your destination and the dates you want to fly on then book it ASAP, people always sit around waiting to see if the prices will drop in a last minute sell off but this is seldom the case. The majority of flights tend to rise in price the closer it gets to the departure date. So once your mind is set book it straight away to take advantage of the lower price.

9. Is the £ the cheapest currency?

Before you up and pay for the flight take a look and see what the prices are in other currencies as some airlines will allow you to pay in different ones, its always good to reference a trusted currency conversion site such as XE and then compare back with the original price set in £’s. Remember though if you’re paying by credit card to check that the card you’re using doesn’t have any foreign transaction fees that might be added to your card after purchase as this will raise the price considerably.

10. Be on the look out for pricing mistakes

The people who work at Airlines are humans, and humans make mistakes from time to time so be on the look out for any mess ups where they have put up a seriously discounted flight. There are a few reasons that may lead to this such as technical glitches, an error when converting the currency over and then of course there are human errors where they have just entered in the wrong price

11. Look for connecting flights

There is a hidden trick that travelling veterans know of, if you’re looking for the cheapest flights then its better to sometimes look at flying to one city as a stop over then flying out of that to your destination instead of you flying straight to your holiday destination. This is an incredibly risky process as you will be relying on all the planes being on time and departing on time, you could also lose your luggage if you brought a suitcase that needed to go in the airplanes hold.

This is also a great way to travel round multiple cities in different countries for cheap allowing you to plan a 2 week holiday in different places for the cost of flying directly to one city and staying there. But remember use this at your own risk as there is more chance of something going wrong instead of flying directly to your destination.

12. Cash in air miles whenever you can

Do you have a credit card that gives you air miles when ever you spend? Well these can be a great way to get a whole holiday for free make sure you check to see how long they stay in date for though as a lot of cards have a set period of time in which they need to be used by. If you haven’t got a card then you may want to see whats available to you.

And there you have it our 12 tips for getting cheaper flights when traveling abroad and remember if you’re flight gets delayed at any point with in the EU get in touch with us and we will help you claim any flight delay compensation that you could be owed.

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UK's Flight Delay Laws Compared To Vietnam https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/uks-flight-delay-laws-compared-to-vietnam/ https://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/uks-flight-delay-laws-compared-to-vietnam/#respond Thu, 12 May 2016 10:37:47 +0000 http://flightdelayspecialists.co.uk/?p=1109 Anyone who has been on a few holidays will know how annoying it will be when your flight gets delayed for no reason at all especially when it starts to go over 3 hours, with every delay that happens a passengers overall experience gets a little worse and the longer the worse it can get. […]

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Anyone who has been on a few holidays will know how annoying it will be when your flight gets delayed for no reason at all especially when it starts to go over 3 hours, with every delay that happens a passengers overall experience gets a little worse and the longer the worse it can get. It starts with the airline announcing that there is a slight delay, then there is a second announcement with the airline saying it may be an hour or more and then before you know it its 7 hours later and all hope of you managing to make any connecting flights has gone down the drain.

When this happens the airline in question will typically “forget” to inform the passenger of their rights when it comes to claiming compensation and unfortunately they aren’t held by any law to do so, that’s why its important that you know your rights when you’ve been delayed for longer than 3 hours from a flight that is inside the EU then you are entitled to claim some compensation for the flight.

The EU brought these laws in to protect airline passengers when they have been delayed for a certain period of time. Meaning passengers who are disgruntled from what could be a very long delay will be able to claim back on any potential losses. While this doesn’t make up for lost time it should make them feel better about the whole experience. That’s why its important that if you ever experience this you reach out to us today and we will help you claim any flight delay compensation that is owed to you.

The downside is that these laws only apply when flying from inside the EU, if you were in a country such as Vietnam the laws are very different over there there has even been instances where because the flight had been delayed for hours the passengers had to sit on the aircraft without air conditioning and due to health and safety laws they weren’t even allowed to open the door. Being stuck in a hot plane for hours is never good and with tensions boiling over one of the passengers tried to storm the cockpit in order to force the door open but however he was confronted by another passenger who pushed him out of the plane.

Despite the violence between passengers the plane did eventually take off but instead of providing monetary compensation all of the passengers were offered a free meal instead, which when you think about it probably wasn’t of the greatest quality either.

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