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Weekend for Christmas Getaways

With just a week to go before the ‘big day’ the UK’s airports have geared up for what is the busiest few days in the Christmas getaway rush!

Millions of UK Passengers Passing Through UK Airports This Week
The next two weeks are one of the busiest fortnights in an airport’s year, this week especially Saturday 18th through until Christmas Day, with Heathrow expecting half a million passengers, whilst Gatwick Airport set to see a phenomenal 700,000 passengers pass through its terminals from this weekend.

20% More Winter Sun Getaways Booked
The popularity in Winter sun holidays over the last few weeks has seen a huge increase, as much as 20% reported by some tour operators, as UK residents escape the extreme weather conditions.

Be Prepared For Long Airport Queues
So if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of Britons heading to an airport over the next week or so then be prepared for long queues.

Long Haul and Short Haul Check-In Times
That means be sure to get to the airport on time – for short haul flights it is recommended that you check-in two hours before your flight time, and if long haul then three hours before you fly.

Stock Up On Refreshments For the Airport
Also be aware that with so many people in the airport the likely hood is that the queues, not only for check-in, but for refreshments will be long too. It’s worth while taking with you a few snacks, especially if you are travelling with small children. If you are concerned about passing through security with food products for children then don’t be. You’ll simply be asked to taste a small piece of the food. It’s definitely worth taking your child’s food, and not risk the queues! Another little tip is the newsagents in the airports, like WH Smiths for example, will also sell a selection of refreshments so it’s worth getting a drink and a packet of crisps from these types of shops instead of one from the Food Hall.

Airport Snow Cancellations & Delays
However, the weather that many of us are trying to escape may actually keep us in the country. Yet again the UK is being hit by major snow storms and Heathrow and Gatwick have already closed runways and cancelled flights this weekend.

Rail Closure Risks – Book Your Airport Parking
When the snow falls, even the smallest amounts, rail routes can grind to a halt. Therefore, if you are travelling to the airport via train, or other such public transport that could risk being delayed or diverted, it’s worth considering, if the roads aren’t too treacherous, driving yourself to the airport and booking airport parking. This way you can get yourself to the airport, leaving home in good time, and also you can get yourself back home again too.

Call The Airport Before Travel
With snow closures a real threat, and delays a given, do call before you travel – phone the airport on the day of travel to be advised of the very latest information on delays and cancellations, along with any revised check-in times.

According to the latest weather reports we haven’t seen the last of the snow – the whole country is expected to be hit by further snow storms over the next few days, so fingers crossed for those of us who are trying to get away do get away!

Merry Christmas!

The Drought Of ’76. Do You Recall The Drought Of 1976 And The Dalton’s You Are Probably As Old As Me.

Desperate for a holiday during that glorious summer, and short of money , I turned to the Dalton’s Weekly for inspiration and found us a caravan on a farm in Bala, North Wales. For twelve quid! On a Saturday in August we set off in the MGBGT, with our three yr old son and five year old daughter in the back. What we lacked in space we made up for in enthusiasm. Nothing could dampen our spirits. We were going on holiday – we were young, hopeful and excited!

The caravan was just about big enough to accommodate us – luckily we did not have a cat to swing around! But what a wonderful holiday we had. Mr & Mrs Jones were in the farmhouse just yards away, along with their brood. When we weren’t exploring the surrounding countryside and beaches, our kids played with the other children. My one abiding memory is of them pushing an old pram around with a very sleepy cat in it.

During those lazy hazy days we would pack a picnic and put the wine in a river or a nice cool rock pool.

In the evenings the lovely and homely Mrs Jones used to send us over her delicious rice pudding made with milk from their own cows.

After dinner we would make our way to the nearest watering hole , with my husband deliberately weaving from side to side in the narrow lanes, causing the children to whoop with joy. There was absolutely no traffic around, or so it seemed; maybe it’s one of those myths, like the way we remember it always being sunny when we were children.
We’ve had many many holidays since that one in 1976. Much more expensive and luxurious.
But that one sticks in my memory for the sheer simplicity and joy of it. On the journey home it began to rain and we all cheered. It hadn’t rained for many weeks and that heralded the end of the drought. We felt so lucky that we’d squeezed in the final week of the dry spell.

That sort of holiday could not be repeated. Sadly, you can never go back. But my husband and I have been very fortunate and travelled to far and distant parts of the world . What is wonderful for us, as parents, is that now our daughter – yes the 5 yr old in the back – and her husband have teamed up with another gentleman to run a airport parking company company that takes away all the stresses and strains of flying abroad.

The business is Star Parking star parking. You drive to the terminal and a very nicely turned out member of staff will be there ready and waiting. All you have to do is decamp with your luggage. The driver takes your car away and that’s it! Off you trot into the terminal and your holiday starts. And when you return, a short phone call from Departures ensures you will be met with your car.

So Bon Voyage to all you out there. From one very happy and contented traveller.

In case you are searching the Internet for more information about the niche of vacation home, please go to the web site which was quoted in this paragraph.

Best & Top Airport Hotel for your to consider to stay for Next holiday!

If your flight is delayed for a few hours or even days, you might to think about using calling card or phone card to call your loved one or spending some time having a nice shower or have a bath or even sleep in a comfortable bed after a long flight in airport hotel. In some country the travel time from the tourist destination area to the airport can take hours; some travelers might also favor to stay at airport hotel during their last stay at the city that they spent their holiday on. Share your travel experience in travel blog or even create your own blog by using good web hosting

Some of you might think that staying in airport hotels is a bad idea, even for a few hours; however after reading this article, you will be surprised of it! Pamper yourself in indulgence of the best chosen airport hotel in the world in random order:

Pan Pacific International Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Pan Pacific International Hotel Kuala Lumpur (www.discountworldhotel.com)

Pan Pacific International Hotel is reachable within 5 minutes walk from the sky bridge. It is a very inviting hotel to stay after a long, tiring flight. The hotel also provides buggies to pick you up from the airport to the hotel.

Pan Pacific has all the facilities from beautiful outdoor pool, sauna and steam facilities and even tennis court.

Pan Pacific has been voted for “Best Airport Hotel in Asia” for seventh times and now is voted as “World Leading Airport Hotel in 2009”

 Radisson Blu Hotel Frankfurt am Main – Germany

Radisson Blu Hotel Frankfurt am Main (www.discountworldhotel.com)

Radisson SAS Frankfurt is has unique exterior and with modern and contemporary interior decor. It has massive conference space, seven meeting rooms and pillar-free ballroom. In addition it also has big fitness centre and great view from pool area. Can’t get enough of that? Radisson SAS Frankfurt has also 4 delicious restaurants to choose from; Coast Brasserie and Oyster Bar offer an authentic cuisine.

Sofitel London Heathrow

Sofitel Hotel Heathrow London (www.discountworldhotel.com)

In Sofitel London Heathrow, you can find all the things that 5 star hotel offers; tea salon, lobby bar, fine dining, rooms equipped with wireless interned, LCD TV, iPod docks, climate controls, coffee makers, refrigerators, bath tub, shower etc.

And if you decide to try the Imperial Suite, the suite is equipped by beautifully design Swarovski crystal for the lights.

Not only Sofitel London is near the airport, but also it is very convenient to stay in case the travelers wanting to travel by rail service to central London.

Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich

Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich (www.discountworldhotel.com)

Kempinski Hotel is located between 2 Munich airport terminals. For travelers who want to spend a few hours in the hotel, you can also enjoy the spa, fitness and pool offer by Kempinski. For food, travelers can also choose between 3 famous cuisine; Charles Lindbergh and Safran which allows traveler to enjoy Thai and Mediterranean food.

Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Westin Hotel Metropolitan Airport Detroit (www.discountworldhotel.com)

Westin Detroit is the hotel that you must experience if you decide to rest for a few hours before your next flight or stay for your last day of travel at Detroit. Westin has cool and comfortable surrounding to make your stay memorable. Westin Detroit is known for its “Heavenly Beds”, “Heavenly bath”. Come to Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel to experience it

Hyatt Regency Hotel International Airport Orlando

Hyatt Regency Hotel International Airport Orlando (www.discountworldhotel.com)

Hyatt Regency Hotel International Airport is located in the main terminal of Orlando Airport. During your stay in this hotel, you can also have convenience to travel to Walt Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios and the Kennedy Space Center by using the shuttle services provided by the hotel. So you waste no time from airport to hotel and to the tourist destination for your family.

To make it more convenient, the hotel bellman can meet you at your baggage claim place. The hotel itself is designed to provide a calming atmosphere for its guest arriving from a long hour’s plane.

Aloft Philadelphia Airport

Aloft Hotel Airport Philadelphia (www.discountworldhotel.com)

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Distinguish Eleven Situation Why You Should Not Park Literally At The Airport

Travel means taking parking decisions. There are many options you could park at the airport lot or at car parking facilities situated near the airport. Airport parking means searching intensively moving from one full lot to another, or commuting to the terminal by a shuttle from the other end of the airport, and paying a parking fee that may be more than the cost of your air ticket. The experience could make you want to tear your hair out.

Parking at the airport would mean:

1. Starting out early to reach the airport at least an hour before reporting time as many a time a parking spot many not be immediately available and you may have to drive around quite a bit before finding a place.

2. Carrying luggage from the car to the airport itself or to the shuttle service.

3. Budgeting for settling the short term or long term parking costs. Airport parking can prove to be more expensive than you thought. At many airports the rates for parking vary from day to day and during peak season. Often you may need to pay as much as $ 150 for parking for five days. Economy parking is hardly ever available and you may have no choice except the more expensive lots.

4. Finding all lots full and having to make a dash for private parking facilities at the last moment. This could delay getting to your gate in time.

5. During holidays, rush hours, and travel seasons for cosmos travel tour there could be a great jam or arriving and departing cars all making a bee line for the gate house or token counter. The chaos is compounded by long queues at every gate and at the security and this could mean a 400 yard or more dash to the gate carrying your mound of luggage.

6. Security measures instituted with little or no notice can spoil even the best made plans. A rule like no parking within a distance of 300m could mean that you will have to park a great distance away. And due to alerts there can be random security checks of all entering vehicles leading to considerable delays. The traffic will not just slow down to a crawl but many of the closely located short-term spaces will be shut down.

7. Due to repairs and construction work often unanticipated detours need to be made while trying to access airport lots.

8. The car park may be located at a great distance from your terminal and if you are not in the airport now, you may select to park diagonally opposite to the terminal.

9. Valet parking is not a free service; one will have to pay to have the car parked to save you valuable time.

10. Many trolleys only function on feeding in a coin. Even if the coin is refunded later it just means remembering to take along a coin of the right domination.

11. The large volume of passengers at any given time at busy airports just means that the transfer buses are not just overcrowded but slow and uncomfortable with people and their luggage jostling for space.

Why board a plane for European bus tours angry, tired, and frustrated. As a modern traveler for Europe bus tour there are many conveniences you can opt for. Parking at off-airport lots, is organized and hassle free. Even if the lots are some distance away the conveniences are such that it would be a time and money saving decision.

A new app (free through May) and magazine cover all things Heathrow

A new app (free through May) and magazine cover all things Heathrow

London’s Heathrow Airport last year was the second-busiest airport for passenger traffic in the world, according to Airports Council International. (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia ranked No. 1)

With an airline strike looming and volcanic ash periodically shutting down operations, passengers may  be delayed or stranded this summer and in need of a survival strategy. A downloadable airport guide to Heathrow and a glossy new magazine might take the edge off terminal blues – at least until your flight takes off.

Check out the Heathrow Airport Guide Pro app, which usually costs about $2.60 but is free through the end of May. Users can download the app to an iPhone, Android and Vodafone 360 (BlackBerry version isn’t out yet) for terminal maps, lists of restaurants and other amenities, information on transportation to and from the city and airport news (like how long your flight might be delayed). There’s also a free guide app you can download anytime, but the pro version gives you access to six months of flight timetables.

 

The airport also launched a new quarterly consumer magazine on Tuesday called Heathrow Traveller, whose first glossy cover features the upcoming World Cup games in South Africa in June and includes features such as the perfect packing tips for a trip to Marrakech, Paris and our very own Los Angeles. The print version appears in all terminals, but of course you can read it online or on your mobile device too.

– Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Photo: Mobile devices displaying the Heathrow Airport Guide. Credit: Heathrow Airport

By LA Times

Europe travel update: Airlines advice to fliers; more delays expected from ash plume

Europe travel update: Airlines advice to fliers; more delays expected from ash plume

Shifting clouds of volcanic ash shut airports and disrupted flights in Spain, Portugal and Italy this weekend, but all airports were open Monday after the concentration of ash dissipated overnight, according to updates from the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation.

Travelers should remain on alert and check frequently with their travel agents and airlines because an ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano, lingering over the North Atlantic, may cause delays in transatlantic flights that must be rerouted to avoid the cloud, the agency said.

“There is an area of ash cloud in the middle of the North Atlantic, which is impacting transatlantic flights,” the statement said. “While most of these flights are operating, many are having to make significant reroutings to avoid the area of ash cloud coverage, resulting in delays.” The agency, known as Eurocontrol, said it expects about 28,500 flights to operate Monday over Europe – about 500 fewer than normal. Eruptions from the volcano last month forced a five-day suspension of air traffic over Europe.

On Sunday, Italy’s airports in Pisa, Milan and Florence were shut, as well as airports in Portugal and Spain. Airlines are struggling to keep fliers updated with the latest information through postings on websites, Twitter and text messages and e-mails.

Below is what some airlines are advising passengers to do if their flights have been affected by the volcano; if you booked your flight through a travel agent, contact him or her to rebook or file for a refund.

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Top Airport Transfer Deals in the World

Every time you arrive at a strange new airport without a pre-arranged transfer to your hotel, you worry about the same things: will your luggage be safe? Will you get to your hotel on time? Will you have to shell out a lot of money just to get there?

While airport taxis may look more convenient than public transportation services like railways, taxis are not always the best options. People can end up burning as much as $32 more on taxi fares from the airport compared to what they would spend should they decide to hop onto a train.

Wherever your destination may be, below are the best alternatives to expensive taxi transfers.

Heathrow, London

Top Airport Transfer Deals in the World

Should you find yourself in Londons Heathrow Airport, the cheapest airport transfer you can get is through the Heathrow Express Train. This will only cost you around $25. In about 25 minutes, youd already reach downtown London.

On the other hand, taxi rides from the airport can cost you about $60 to $120, depending on where youre staying. Because if the traffic, the ride will also take longer, ranging from 30 to 60 minutes.

The only disadvantage of taking the Express Train is that youll be missing out on that “great London cab experience” that most tourists are raving about. You might be missing out on the scenic routes and the London cultural primer from your accommodating cab driver.

The train ride isnt so bad, though. While theyre not as fast as Japans bullet trains, you can enjoy 25 minutes of free WiFi connection. The trains are also available almost round the clock. They leave every 15 minutes from 5 A.M. to midnight. If youre fully booked on a business trip, you can take the same train to Paddington station and check in for a return flight. This way, youll dodge the long queues at the airports counter.

Forth Worth/ Dallas

Top Airport Transfer Deals in the World

If youre trying to cut back on travel expenses and you need a ride from Forth Worth or Dallas airport, the best taxi alternative is the Trinity Railway Express, more popularly known as “the T” . The average taxi fare downtown from the airport costs about $40 per 20 miles. On the other hand, a ride in “the T” only costs about $3.50.

The downside is that the railway transfer takes longer: 20 minutes from the airport to the T terminal, and 50 minutes to get to the Dallas Union Station. If you take the more expensive taxi cab ride, youll reach the town in 25 minutes.
If you take the cab, youll be saving about 25 minutes of travel time. On the other hand, a ride with the T saves you $36.50 per trip.

Atlanta

Top Airport Transfer Deals in the World

One of the top business meeting places across the US is Atlanta, and unless your company already arranged and paid for your airport transfers, you can end up burning a lot of money this way. That is, if you keep on taking cabs. A good taxi alternative when youre in this city is the MARTA. This is a direct transfer service from the airport to the downtown train station. It only costs $2 per transfer.

The trip takes about 18 minutes, but it can take longer if you take the more popular Buckhead route. This will also require you to change trains when you reach the Lindenburgh Station after 7:30PM. On the plus side, its much cheaper than your average 20-minute, 12-mile taxi ride. This will cost you a flat rate of $30 and an additional $2 per extra passenger.

The MARTA is definitely the better airport transfer letting you save $28 and a few minutes per way.

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