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New Cardiff to Tenerife flights
May 20th, 2014 by elisa

Ryanair will start a weekly Cardiff to Tenerife service from 30th October.

Flights will operate on Thursdays, leaving Cardiff at 11.15 and arriving in Tenerife at 15.20 local time. Return flights will be a 06.55, arriving in Cardiff at 10.50.

Tickets are on sale now.

Start to look for your perfect holiday accommodation on the island from our large selection of holiday villas.

Choose from a selection of quality villas and apartments in Tenerife with Greenslades Villas and Apartments. Many have private or shared pools to choose from, and travel and car hire can also be arranged.

Greenslades Villas and Apartments in Tenerife

Greenslades Villas and Apartments in Tenerife

Greenslades Villas and Apartments in Tenerife

Greenslades Villas and Apartments in Tenerife

Greenslades Villas and Apartments in Tenerife

 

 

 

2013 round up
Dec 30th, 2013 by elisa

It’s nearing the end of 2013, so it’s time for our annual round up of travel news and features covered in this blog over the year.

January is normally the time when you start to examine your finances after the Christmas splurge, and this year was no different for the travel news. A Sunday Times report that found customers were seriously losing out on foreign currency exchange rates when purchasing their travel money at airports.  We also looked at the financial benefits of flying to an airport further from your destination and driving the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Spain was voted the best value destination for 2013, and Eve told us why she thought Spain was a great winter destination.

However, it was all about Greece in February! With its award-winning beaches and Thomas Cook trend survey that revealed a huge increase in bookings during the month. The month ended with a warning to check your travel insurance small print, as many travellers were reported to have fallen foul of clauses in their insurance, which meant they wouldn’t get a pay out on claims.

In March, a woman successfully smuggled a dog onto a plane; we looked at the biosphere reserve that is Menorca; and BA started selling tickets for flights on its ‘red carpet route’ to Los Angeles in its new super jumbo A380. Easyjet installed new, lighter, seats on its aircraft in an attempt to save on fuel and CO2 emissions. Bitter weather threatened to blight travellers’ Easter holidays, but this didn’t stop Peter Rabbit visiting children at Heathrow.

The bizarre law in Florida that all British Citizens must carry an International Driving Permit in the state was repealed in April. Samoa Air launched its controversial pay by weight flights and we looked at the facts about turbulence.

Easyjet began testing its volcanic ash cloud detection technology in May. We found that trillions of air miles are going to waste; and there was the slightly disturbing report of a flight being diverted because the pilot got locked out of the cockpit. There was good news for Harry Potter fans going on holiday in Florida, as the Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley “environment”.

A US ban on using a laptop during take off on flights was lifted in June.

Tenerife enjoyed at 14% rise in arrivals from the UK in July. It was also discovered that many English families were flying from Scottish airports to save up to £500 on their holiday travel costs. It may have been one of the hottest summers we’ve had in years, but this didn’t stop large numbers of Brits leaving for even sunnier holiday destinations in the last weekend of July. We gave advice on how to avoid common pick pocketing scams as the Foreign Office issued a warning about pick pockets in Switzerland.

As August enjoyed more of the heatwave, Ryanair had a drop in flight bookings; it also took legal action against an unfavourable Dispatches programme “Ryanair: Secrets from the Cockpit”.

Etihad Airways launched its “flying nanny” service to look after passengers’ children in September. Helly Kitty planes took to the skies with Taiwan’s EVA Air, and a computer glitch in US Airways system sold $0 flights on its website. Spain enjoyed record visitor numbers over the summer, proving the predictions earlier in the year.

In October, Manchester was announced to be the UK’s first Airport City; and Ryanair announced that it would work on a better customer service.

It was all about the measure of happiness for travel in November, and BA introduced interactive billboards to remind people of the magic of flying.

The Northern Lights in Norway topped Brits’ “must see” list in December. Britain also endured wide-spread bad weather with winds of up to 140mph battering parts of the country, and flooding hitting others.

That’s the round up for 2013, make sure to follow this blog for more travel news and articles in 2014, and book your holiday villas at a wide range of destinations on Villaseek.

Florida repeals peculiar driving licence law
Apr 8th, 2013 by elisa

A peculiar law, which required British citizens to carry an International Driving Permit to hire cars in Florida, has been repealed.

The law was introduced in January without notification to driving organisations such as the AA, or to the UK travel trade. The lack of communication left many British holidaymakers without hire cars for their holidays because they only had UK drivers’ licences, which were invalid because of the new law.

The law only came to light when a British tourist was unable to hire a pre-booked car at Florida airport because he didn’t have the required international permit.

Once it came to the attention of the media, the State of Florida said it wouldn’t enforce the law, which had been originally designed towards drivers with foreign-language drivers’ licences. However, this decision still left holidaymakers unsure of their legal position and insurance rights, fearing lack of cover if they had an accident. Also, some car hire firms continued to insist on the international permit, leaving some people unable to get their pre-booked cars.

The law was, thankfully, repealed last week. Therefore, it is no longer a requirement for British holidaymakers to hold an international permit to hire a car in the State of Florida. However, be aware that some hire firms may still insist on it, so try to check their policy before you book.

 

VaVroom to solve your transfer nightmares
Jun 17th, 2010 by elisa

A brilliant new airport to villa transfer service has been introduced, it’s called VaVroom and can be found through this link.

VaVroom caters to all possible transfer needs, is incredibly easy to use, and most importantly is a simple way to take the hassle out of trying to find a local taxi after a long flight. One particular difference to other transfer sites that I find reassuring is that throughout the holiday season VaVroom will be open 24/7 so you will always have a (real) person on the other end of a phone to speak to should you need to at any time of the day.

VaVroom will send you a text the day before your transfer with pick up time and a reminder of their number should you need it.

You can mix and match your transfer options from having a limo or even a helicopter transfer on arrival for that glitzy start to a holiday to returning by car. There are options for frequent flyers who need to make regular transfers; also you can book a block of transfers in one and once your account has been set up (this is automatically created when you make your first booking) then a lot of the information is saved for future visits, making it a lot easier than having to fill in the same information over and over again as with other transfer companies.

So if you’re going on holiday and want to take the hassle out of finding transport to your villa, often somewhere you might not know the exact location of and could find it difficult to find a driver who does then follow this link to VaVroom, which will take the anxiety out of airport transfers.

Affordable Car Hire makes complaint to Spanish Car Hire Authority over summer price hike
May 2nd, 2010 by elisa

Affordable Car Hire is making a complaint to the Spanish car rental authority in Adalucia over the predicted rise in car rental prices in summer of up to 250%.

The company said the cost of hiring a vehicle was expected to soar in the peak season as firms struggled to meet strong demand with limited fleets, a repercussion of the banking crisis as banks tighten their belts for loans.

Last winter, the average weekly car rental in Malaga was £65 but Affordable Car Hire has calculated that the price will rocket to at least £228 for the same car between July and August.

Sales and marketing director Nick Marney said the firm was so concerned by the price hike that it would lodge a complaint with AESVA – the association for rental vehicles in Andalucia.

“We will complain about the difference in prices,” he said. “The same vehicle is being sold for too low in the winter, and far too high a few months later.”

Marney said that this situation is occuring because ‘buy back’ schemes run by manufacturers had stopped with the onset of the recession, so rental firms had sold off cars at low prices. Banks refused to issue loans so firms were unable to buy new fleets, creating a shortage of cars at times of strong demand, such as the summer months and school holidays.

“Firms have become stuck in a vicious circle, and prices are going to skyrocket,” he said.

Spain is expected to be hit particularly hard by the price increase, because of holiday destinations such as Malaga and Alicante where tourists often need cars to travel around.

Advice at the moment is to book cars early to avoid not being able to get one at all. We’ll keep this blog updated if there are any changes to prices and/or a response from AESVA.

Special car hire offer on some Croatian Affair villas
Feb 3rd, 2010 by Tom Kerswill

Holiday villas in Croatia

Just heard from Croatian Affair, whose Croatian villas are listed in the Croatia section on VillaSeek.

They are offering half price car hire (on category A and C hire cars), when you book any of the following villas before 20th February:

Villa Folio
Walnut House
Andigona
Graziela

Here’s a list of the discounted car hire prices:

PRICE PER WEEK CAT A CAT C
01/01/2010-31/05/2010 £84.00 £123.00
01/06/2010-30/09/2010 £95.00 £133.00
01/10/2010-31/12/2010 £84.00 £123.00
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