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    Keep an eye on your gear... and your insurance: How to avoid a meltdown on the ski slopes

    Families taking a breather from the ski slopes for a hot chocolate or gluhwein this half-term are being advised to split their skis in the rack to deter theft.That is just one of many tips for skiers to help their holiday go more smoothly in a video produced by insurer Travel Insurance Facilities.The company estimates that hundreds of travellers will have equipment stolen on their skiing holiday this year, with many not covered adequately if at all by insurance for the loss. Off piste: Skiers should ensure they are fully covered as accidents can result in high costsEven those who ...

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    We booked a wedding anniversary trip to Gran Canaria and then got a shock 320 bill when hotel firm Alpharooms demanded more cash

    A couple looking forward to a special holiday to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary have been left facing a shock bill from hotel booking website Alpharooms to secure their room.In mid-October last year, Gilbert Brooman, 46, from Morpeth, booked a hotel for him and his wife Lynn, 44, in Gran Canaria, later this month having secured flights from Newcastle Airport separately. However, with just three weeks until they are set to jet off, Alpharooms contacted Mr Brooman to inform them the price was going up by a whopping 23 per cent - or 320 - due to a 'technical glitch' ...

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    Saddle up with the best travel insurance: How to make sure your cover is fit for purpose

    Millions of people will book holidays abroad over the coming weeks whether it is for the summer or the half-term break at the end of next month.Almost half a staggering 47 per cent of travellers will fail to put insurance in place in case anything goes horribly wrong while on holiday or even if a trip overseas has to be cancelled at short notice.Of those that do opt for travel insurance, few will make sure their cover is fit for purpose. Many will buy on the basis that cheapest is best. Horse sense: Make sure activities such as pony trekking ...

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    Think you know all the sneaky car hire tricks? Read on and prepare to be alarmed...

    We've all read the horror stories about unscrupulous car hire firms.From forcing you to buy rip-off insurance to charging penalties for scratches that don't exist they use every trick in the book to hit you with extra fees.But if you're booking a holiday this month in a bid to beat the January blues and thought you'd heard it all, think again.My trip to Sicily last September exposed an alarming new car hire catch which is on the rise now, some holidaymakers say they are being wrongly accused of causing damage they would never have thought to check for before leaving ...

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    Europe here we come... on holiday, that is, as bookings rise despite the weakness of sterling

    Cheers: The slump in the pound has failed to dent British enthusiasm for foreign holidaysThe slump in the value of the pound has failed to dent British enthusiasm for foreign holidays, with early bookings for this summer s getaway sharply up on last year.The overall number of Britons heading abroad is also set to rise this year just as a record number of tourists are expected to arrive in Britain, lured by cheap prices here.Abta, the Association of British Travel Agents, told The Mail on Sunday that British bookings for overseas holidays were looking strong for 2017, with current ...

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    Has the big chill ruined your travel plans? Here's how you can get a refund on delays or cancellations

    With Britain in the throes of a big chill, thousands of travellers are set to find their travel plans scuppered over the coming days.With inches of snow forecast and high winds adding to the mix, Heathrow Airport yesterday took the precautionary step of cancelling 80 flights.Elsewhere across the country - especially in the Nnorth - there has been disruption to train travel, with strong winds blowing debris across tracks.We have put together a guide detailing what your rights are concerning cancelled or delayed travel plans... If your flight has been delayed or cancelled you should be able to claim compensationFlight ...

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    Flying to Switzerland but heading to Austria, France or Italy? New EU rules mean ski trip Britons hiring cars could face trouble

    Holidaymakers heading for a ski trip in France, Austria, or Italy via Switzerland should tell their car hire firm of their plans in advance, or risk getting caught out by relatively new and not well-documented EU rules.Last May, rules came into place which means Swiss-registered hire cars cannot be driven across the border to Austria, France, Germany and Italy by an EU citizen, including Britons.This could hit British ski holidaymakers, as many fly to major Swiss airports, such as Geneva, Zurich and Lugano, and then hire cars to head over the border for a skiing or snowboarding trip. Car hire ...

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    Flight wars as Ryanair plans nine new routes in a bid to boost passenger numbers to 20M

    Low-cost airline Ryanair has sparked a summer flight war with nine new routes from London s Stansted airport, including daily trips to Nice and Naples and a three times-weekly service to Cagliari in Sardinia.Customers will be able to fly direct from the Essex-based airport as part of the new deal, which also includes routes to Copenhagen in Denmark and French destinations Beziers, Clermont, Grenoble, Nimes and Strasbourg.The budget carrier said the move was part of its push to sustain growth in the UK and would boost passenger numbers to more than 20million a year while supporting around 15,000 jobs. Ryanair ...

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    Beat the 25% currency hike, get an 18-day break with only nine days' leave and always fly on a Tuesday: 10 tips for getting the most out of your 2017 holiday budget

    January is one of the busiest times of the year for booking holidays as winter-weary Brits look for something to cheer themselves up after Christmas.Millions of households are expected to have their holidays booked by February, and this year will be harder than most as they are likely to get between 15 and 25 per cent less for their money because of the devalued pound.But there are exceptions to this if Britons are prepared to go off the beaten track and in Mexico, Egypt and Turkey sterling can be exchanged for the same value in 2017 as it was last ...

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    Villa vultures strike again as holidaymakers are scammed with non-existent Canary Islands trips

    Dozens of holidaymakers are arriving at airports in the Canary Islands to discover they have been the victim of a cruel scam.Money Mail revealed last week that criminals are conning British tourists out of thousands by advertising non-existent holidays. Since then, we've been flooded with emails and letters from readers who claim to have lost money to Luxury Canarian Rentals, Canarian Villa Rentals and Canaries Villas. Dozens of British holidaymakers are arriving in the Canary Islands to discover they have been the victims of a cruel scam. Pictured: Playa del Duque beach, TenerifeMany of the victims did not discover their ...

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    Sterling loses a quarter of its value against the Zambian kwacha: The ten currencies that gave the pound the biggest thrashing in 2016

    The pound lost nearly a third of its value against Brazil's currency during the course of 2016 as it was priced down around the world.The sterling exchange rate with the real showed the biggest sell-off but the pound weakened by a fifth against nine other global currencies, including the Russian rouble, the Colombian peso and the Zambian kwacha.Research by Lloyds Private Banking into 60 currencies found the biggest declines in sterling were against the Brazilian real, with a 28.4 per cent fall, the Russian rouble, with a 28 per cent slide, and the Icelandic krona, with a 27.9 per cent ...

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    How you can STILL find a holiday bargain despite soaring fuel prices and a weaker pound

    The January sales are not the only way to find an escape from the rising cost of holidays. Follow The Mail on Sunday s ingenious guide to saving a fortune on air fares and packaged trips.Travel costs are set to soar this year thanks to the poor performance of the pound, so it is tempting to lock into prices sooner rather than later. With sterling now 15 per cent lower against the dollar and the euro than a year ago in the wake of the Brexit vote, air fares for destinations such as Florida, New York and popular European resorts ...

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    Room upgrades, free drinks and 3% off future bookings with Expedia's new reward scheme - but you'll need to spend 5k to get the top perks

    Expedia has launched a new travel reward programme offering discounts on holidays and perks such as free flight upgrades.to customers booking through its website.The scheme, called Expedia +, is free to join and members can collect points by booking holidays, car hire and travel through the website.It has three tiers of membership with everyone beginning on a basic level and having the opportunity to access more rewards when they spend more. Expedia has launched a free new loyalty scheme offering points in exchange for bookingsThe loyalty programme works in a similar way to other reward schemes, such as the Tesco ...

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    Hundreds of cruise-goers left stranded overseas as All Leisure Holidays suddenly ceases trading after 'years of significant losses'

    Hundreds of holidaymakers have been stranded overseas and thousands more have faced cancelled New year trips after cruise company All Leisure Holidays went bust.The Leicestershire-based firm operated the Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery cruise lines, which both cancelled New Year excursions at short notice. Journeys aboard the multi-story boats ranged from from 769 to 3,645.All Leisure Holidays, which ceased trading with immediate effect, revealed that for a 'number of years' the cruise businesses had been operating at a 'significant loss' and the decision to 'jump ship' was inescapable. Cruise company All Leisure Holidays has ceased trading with immediate effect, ...

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    How CAN you tell if that enticing holiday villa is just a scam? Families reveal how they lost thousands booking holidays that don't exist

    Holidaymakers are being tricked out of thousands of pounds in a cruel villa scam that has led to arrests in Spain.A Money Mail investigation has uncovered dozens of suspected fraud victims sold 'bargain' holidays in the Canary and Balearic Islands that didn't exist.Families are being lured in by apparently genuine websites that appear in search results when they browse Google for holiday deals. The slick sites are filled with photos of luxury villas and 'customer service' staff appear helpful in the emails they send out. Fake pictures: A villa on the luxury Canarian rentals websiteVictims are sent professional-looking contracts and ...

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