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    Should you buy your summer holiday cash today? Or take a gamble and wait until after the election...

    Families who rush to buy their summer holiday travel money at today's top rates could miss out on extra cash, experts warn.The pound has jumped against the euro and the U.S. dollar since Theresa May announced a snap General Election two weeks ago.Economists say this is because currency traders expect a big Conservative win, which could put Britain in a stronger position to negotiate Brexit with the EU.On the day the Prime Minister announced the June election, the pound jumped by 1.6 per cent to $1.28 its highest level since December. It rose more than 1 per cent against the ...

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    The dream family holidays wrecked by noisy builders... and how to fight back if you arrive at your hotel to find nightmare scenes

    Harry and Mavis Parkins' trip to Tenerife last November was going to be their last holiday abroad with their son, Keith.The couple, aged 92 and 87, find flying tiring and now worry about falling ill in a foreign country.But rather than a relaxing break, Harry, Mavis and Keith, 66, arrived at their hotel in the Canary Islands to find a building site. There were diggers and workmen everywhere.The air was filled with dust and the power tools were deafening. Hotel hell: Builders swarm around the pool at the Rubicon Palace in Lanzarote where Mail readers Mike and Joyce Whitfield paid ...

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    Could you use an airline glitch to cut the cost of your ticket? Everything you need to know about error fares

    A handful of websites and forums are claiming to have unearthed impossibly cheap flights thanks to airline pricing glitches - but are they just too good to be true?These sites scour the web for cheap deals entered online through human error or technical mistakes, and which can mean rock bottom prices thanks to a missing zero or a first-class deal at standard ticket prices.When This is Money checked, the cheap deals uncovered ranged from a return ticket to St Lucia for 299 to a 39 flight to Sardinia. Error fares: Pricing mistakes could mean you pay less for your dream ...

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    My Airbnb flat was hacked by a fraudster: How holiday conmen pull 100 scams a WEEK and cheat Britons out of thousands

    Holidaymakers planning a summer getaway are being warned to be on their guard against the growing scourge of online scammers.An estimated 100 people a week are being cheated out of thousands of pounds by fraudsters, leaving them with no holiday to show for it.Particularly at risk are those who book a cottage or villa online through accommodation websites - fraudsters hack accounts and then encourage those who wish to rent properties to transfer money outside the systems of rental websites, such as AirBnB. Alert: The apartment in Amsterdam that David Reed thought he was booking through Airbnb and the bogus ...

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    Beware holiday money trap as pound recovers: Firms not offering the same rates in store as they do online

    Holidaymakers planning a trip to the EU will benefit from the rising value of the poundHigh Street shops advertise cheap rates for travel money online then hit people with higher rates in store.Holidaymakers planning a trip to the EU will benefit from the rising value of the pound.But a study found only two of 12 foreign currency providers M&S and John Lewis offer the same rate on euros and dollars in store as they do online.Consumer Intelligence research for M&S Bank found Debenhams, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Eurochange, Tesco, Sainsbury s, Post Office, Cheque Centre, Travelex and Asda offer better ...

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    More than 200 travel websites accused of misleading consumers with inaccurate prices

    Consumers are being misled by hundreds of websites that show cheap travel deals which turn out to be far more expensive when clicked on, new research warns.This means holidaymakers are being shown 'bargain' prices on travel websites which often do not exist and many websites are not complying with EU laws on transparency.The European Consumer Protection Cooperation said 235 websites it looked at would need to change the way they listed travel prices. Of 352 travel websites reviewed, 235 were told they needed to change their pricingThe CPC looked at 352 price comparison and travel booking websites in total in ...

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    Five tricks to boost your Avios points pot without spending any extra cash

    Airline rewards schemes have typically only paid off for frequent flyers - those jetting off on business trips or who can afford regular holidays.Avios is likely the most famous of the airline reward schemes - allowing flyers to clock up points which can later be cashed in for upgrades and free flights.For those who don't fly regularly though, there are still ways to rack up rewards. We have unearthed some clever tricks to help you boost your Avios points pot, making the most of money you are already spending to get you to your dream destination quicker. Bora Bora: Use ...

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    Protect laptops on planes: Insurers hastily adapt policies following ban on large electronic devices in cabins

    Major travel insurers have relaxed policies, following a ban on storing laptops in hand luggage on some international flights.Britain has banned large electronic devices from the cabins of UK-bound flights from six countries amid fears of terrorism.Many of the biggest travel insurance companies do not cover valuables placed in the hold for loss, theft or damage. Security threat: Britain has banned large electronic devices from the cabins of UK-bound flights from six countries amid fears of terrorismHowever, several insurers have hastily adapted policies and will consider claims from travellers checking in electronic devices due to new rules. A spokesman for Churchill ...

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    Cancer sufferer Eileen cut her 3,000 travel cover bill to 134... thanks to a fellow survivor who set up her own specialist insurance firm

    When Eileen Lomas was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2015, she wasn't sure she'd live to see all her children get married.But, two years on, she's well on track. The last of her four children to tie the knot - her eldest son Michael, 37 - is getting married in Canada in April. And Eileen, cancer-free for almost a year now, cannot wait.Yet, despite her doctor saying she is perfectly fit to travel, the 60-year-old has been refused cover by more than 20 different insurers. Got it covered: Eileen Lomas was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2015 and her husband ...

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    As currency swings hit holidaymakers, here's how to steel yourself for the sterling switchback ride

    A rollercoaster ride for sterling last week reminded holidaymakers of the challenges faced in stocking up on spending money as the Easter break looms.The currency upheaval that saw the pound lurch in all directions against key currencies means travellers wanting a good deal on their spending money need to think beyond changing their cash at the airport the most expensive way to buy foreign currency and even where they should travel. Pound rollercoaster: The pound bounced back on news that inflation rose sharply to 2.3%, but it's still down by 9 per cent against the euro and by 12 per ...

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    Spam, scam or sheer incompetence? Virgin Atlantic customers baffled by fake-looking emails that say payments have failed and demand they ring a number that doesn't work

    Virgin Atlantic: Spam sandwich anyone? When I worked for an airline at Heathrow in the 1980s, one of the main rules if there was a problem was to be upfront and honest with passengers because everyone s safety was at stake never mind the reputation of the company.But too often, the cause of a flight delay or how long it would take for a broken aircraft to be fixed was genuinely unknown.It was difficult for public-facing staff to deal with because angry, delayed people tend not to accept what they re told. They want an exact departure time and ...

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    Holiday villa scam warning as dodgy new rental website is launched using anonymous service

    Suspect: Canaries Holidays.com uses a anonymous serviceHolidaymakers should be wary of booking trips on unknown websites amid fears they could be scammed.Money Mail revealed in January that fraudsters had set up fake websites to trick British holidaymakers out of tens of thousands of pounds. Now a remarkably similar new site - Canaries-holidays.com - has been launched.Scamadviser.com, which checks for signs of possible fraud, warns: 'This site is using an anonymous service which prevents us from contacting the site owner.' Money Mail's investigation into Spanish holiday villa websites uncovered more than 50 holidaymakers who'd been tricked into handing over cash ...

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    Foreign hotel prices rose by up to 35% in 2016 after turbulent political events sent the pound plummeting

    The average price of a one-night hotel stay last year was 100, a rise of 9 per cent rise from the previous year, research suggests.Hotel prices in Reykjavik rose by 35 per cent the greatest increase of the most popular 100 destinations booked on Hotels.com to an average of 130 per night.The second-biggest rise was seen in Gran Canaria, at 26 per cent, while Cork, Dusseldorf and Lanzarote all saw annual hikes of 24 per cent for a room for the night. Hotel prices rose the most in Reykjavik increasing by 35 per cent in a year from 2015 - ...

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    Beware travel policies that cover extreme sports like shark diving - but NOT a family bike ride

    Firms are selling travel insurance that covers extreme sports such as bungee jumping and shark diving but will not pay out if you have an accident on a family bike ride.Money Mail research found that activities most holidaymakers assume are perfectly safe such as cycling, snorkelling and cricket are, in fact, considered dangerous by insurers.Yet adrenaline-fuelled sports the more risk averse of us would stay well clear of are seen as low risk because they are typically overseen by safety experts. Warning: Some travel insurance policies cover extreme sports such as shark diving - but will not pay out if ...

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    Are you going on a cruise? Your travel insurance may not pay out if you fall ill or have to cancel

    Holidaymakers with cruise holidays booked are being warned to check their travel insurance to make sure it will cover them.Of the 878 single trip travel insurance policies on the market, only 306 or 35 per cent include cruise cover as standard, a recent survey suggests. Of the 906 annual travel insurance policies on offer, 360 or 40 per cent, will cover those going on cruise holidays, new research has shown. Only 35 per cent of single and 40 per cent of annual policies include cruise cover as standardIf you're going on a cruise holiday and you don't have the right ...

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