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Tips for when to book
Jan 28th, 2014 by elisa

Flight comparison website, Skyscanner, has revealed its top tips for when to book your flights.

According to its research, 80% of travellers wouldn’t know whether a fare offered good value for money or not. So, Skyscanner has launched a handy tool to show when it’s the best time to book. You can also set up an email price alert for any flights you’re searching.

Based on an analysis of thousands of flight and booking data, along with its expert knowledge and experience, Skyscanner has come up with these handy rules to follow when trying to get the best price for your flight:

1. Book smart – Lower costs by travelling at less popular times of the day. Also avoid peak season travel.

2. Be flexible – If you’re open to different destinations then run a search on ‘everywhere’ to find the countries with the best value flights at any time.

3. Compare and contrast – Using travel comparison websites can compare the widest range of airlines and online travel agents to help to get the best deal.

4. Track prices – Keeping an eye on prices a few months in advance is the best way to find a good value flight.

Skyscanner also has a table of average prices and best times to book at some of the most popular destinations for travellers from the UK.

Cheapest destinations for autumn sun
Oct 27th, 2013 by elisa

Flight comparison website, Skyscanner, has listed some of the cheapest places to fly for under £50 for some much needed autumn sunshine. Luckily for you, Villaseek has plenty of great holiday villas in 4 of the 7 listed destinations!

El Capistrano Village

El Capistrano Village

Malaga, from £40. With an average high temperature of 24C and 8 hours of daily sunshine, Malaga on the Costa del Sol is one of the best bets for autumn sunshine in Europe.

Accommodating between 2 and 9 people and from £165 per week this beautifully maintained village, El Capistrano, Nerja, is just 45 minutes from the airport and has wonderful views of the Mediterranean and mountains.

Entre Naranjos

Entre Naranjos

Murica, from £49. Average high temperature of 25C and 4 hours of daily sunshine, Murcia is a handy jumping off point for southern Spain. 

40 minutes from either Murcia or Alicante airport is this 3-bedroom villa and 2-bedroom apartment on the new development of Entre Naranjos, set amidst the orange groves and a short drive from Torrevieja. Prices start from £190 for the villa and £140 per week for the apartment.

Tavira, East Algarve

Tavira, East Algarve

The Algarve, Portugal, from £30. Average high temperature of 23C and 7 sunshine hours each day. One of Europe’s most popular destinations but still pretty warm even into November.

Sleeps 4 (plus cot) this townhouse is situated in a secluded, luxury, mainly owner-occupied, hilltop development with spectacular views across the Roman fishing town of Tavira (2km) to the sea. Prices start from £200 per week.

Villas in Pollensa

Villas in Pollensa

Majorca, from £38. Average high temperature of 24C and 3 hours sunshine each day.

Choose from a great selection of properties with pools in Pollensa/Puerto Pollensa.

 

 

 

Airline computer glitches
Sep 17th, 2013 by elisa

We put so much faith into the automated and computerised systems used to book flights that it’s hard to believe that sometimes things can go wrong.

First, US Airways passengers who had their boarding passes sent to their mobile phones, found that a glitch in the system had produced passes with the wrong names or flight numbers. The airline said it affected passengers using the US Airways mobile site or app, which had been rolled out this summer. The problem was finally fixed after about three hours.

The next, much more fortuitous blunder came from United, when for a couple of hours the computer system accidentally loaded $0 fares and sold them on its website.

Word spread on Twitter and even with airport charges, some passengers got tickets for just $5 or $10. Once the airline found out what was happening it shut the website down “for a couple of hours.” The site was back up by 2.30pm New York time, and so were the prices. United has not yet decided if it will honour the tickets.

 

 

Puerto Banus, Costa Del Sol
Jul 24th, 2013 by elisa

Puerto Banus picture by Flickr user Olli365

An extremely popular holiday destination, Puerto Banus is to the southwest of Marbella, on the Costa del Sol.

An excellent location for a varied holiday full of activity or relaxation depending on your want. It has a stunning port full of luxury boats and yachts, a popular haunt for the rich and famous. There is a play area for children, a huge choice of restaurants and bars, shopping and variety of beaches to visit.

A split persona of a place; relaxed with a great cafe culture during the day, and buzzing with life and music in the evenings when the clubs open.

Catch cheap flights to Malaga Airport from the UK and either get a regular bus, hire a car or get a taxi to Puerto Banus.

Beautiful pool

How about this pretty poolside villa between Puerto Banus and Estepona, sleeps 4 with master bedroom with balcony looking over the pool and twin bedroom with single beds, an ample family bathroom and large living area with open plan living room, dining room and kitchen. Double doors lead out onto a private sun terrace which overlooks one of the pools and gardens.

Smart and comfortable living room

This villa currently has some availability in August, but if you can’t find the date you want, then we have plenty of properties in the Puerto Banus area and across the Costa Del Sol.

 

English families fly from Scotland to save up to £500
Jul 22nd, 2013 by elisa

Families in Northern England are flying from Scotland in order to save up to £500 on the average family break when flying to the same places from England.

The reason for this sudden change in departure point is because of the difference in school summer holiday times between England and Scotland. The Scottish summer holidays finish at the beginning of August, meaning that the peak travel period in Scotland ends with the Scottish school holidays.

Scottish travel group, Barrhead claims a 20% rise in English holidaymakers choosing to fly from Scotland to cut the price of their trip.

Chief executive Sharon Munro said: “As the Scottish school holidays finish at the beginning of August, we’ve discovered a notable increase in the number of English families looking to travel towards the end of August from airports in Scotland in a bid to reduce the cost of their holiday.

“In this tough economic climate, families are really feeling the squeeze and are looking for any means possible to make their cash stretch that little bit further.”

School holidays and peak travel prices are a hotly debated issue at the moment. The recent news that schools will be able to decide their own term dates from September 2015 has caused concern that this will lead to longer peak price periods. See the full news article here.

Ibiza flights and accommodation
Jan 20th, 2013 by elisa

Beautiful Ibiza - picture by Flickr User victoriapeckham

Beautiful Ibiza – picture by Flickr User victoriapeckham

British Airways will launch new weekend flights from Heathrow to Ibiza on 27th April this year. Flights will depart Heathrow on Saturdays at 11.15, returning at 15.30; they will also depart on Sundays at 07.05 and return at 11.15.

Flights cost from £66 one-way and are on sale now. 

We have a range of affordable properties in the Spanish Balearic Islands to choose from. Ibiza is known as the party island, but it also has a beautiful and quiet side, perfect for a getaway for group and family holidays, or couple’s retreats.

A holiday here could be split in two, one half spent partying at the island’s many world-famous clubs, hanging out at the beach and variety of bars. Meanwhile, the other half could be spent exploring the woods, coastal walking trails and relaxing on some of the quieter and more secluded beaches.

Places such as Santa Eulària d’es Riu and the small resorts and coves of the northeast are ideal for family holidays. The island’s party season is mainly in July and August.

Fly and drive…. a bit further?
Jan 16th, 2013 by john

It’s natural when looking for holiday flights to concentrate on the nearest airport to your destination. But if you’re going to be finishing your journey by hire car it can be well worth while casting your net a little – or even a lot – further.

I’m writing this from the Costa Blanca, having decided to escape Britain’s winter chill for a month. The best price I could find on Skyscanner.net for flights to the two closest airports, Alicante and Valencia, was £89 return. Not bad, but hardly brilliant as you don’t get much more off-season than early January. But for £43 return we could fly to Reus. Where? Well, Reus is a small airport near Tarragona, up in north east Spain. It’s one of those Ryanair cheap alternative airports, in this case for Barcelona, which is around 70 miles to the north. More to the point, 230 miles from our Costa Blanca destination. Could it really be worth driving an extra 150 miles each way? To ‘save’ £92 on two airfares?

Well, if you avoid tolls and treat the journey as a fun part of the trip, yes. The extra 300 miles used about 30 litres in the petrol Ford Focus we hired, costing around £35. So a saving of around £50. But after an early flight that disgorged us, blinking, into the bright Spanish sunshine at 10am, we stopped for lunch in the very pleasant town of Benicarlos, strolled on the beach in the bright sunshine then took a quick look at nearby Peniscola with its Papa Luna castle. On the way back, we’ll stop overnight in the town of Requena, near Valencia, to take a look at that.

Reus airport is small and straightforward to use (one fellow passenger said, “I hate big airports. I always use this one or Zaragoza.”) and probably needs your support, if our half-full Ryanair flight from Bristol is any guide.

So, try thinking a little outside the box when searching for flights. And, as ever, the indispensable tool for doing this is www.skyscanner.net.

Have you managed to save on flights by travelling to an airport that’s a little further out of town? Let us know in the comments!

Air France launch ‘no frills’ flights
Jan 8th, 2013 by elisa

 

Air France picture from Flickr user BriYYZ

Air France picture from Flickr user BriYYZ

Travelling light has never been so beneficial, thanks to a new fare structure for Air France Classic economy and new MiNi product.

Starting at 49 euros including tax, the new fare will be applied to 58 short and medium-haul destinations.

The MiNi product does not earn passengers Flying Blue miles, but it is a cheaper option for customers who are willing to travel with only hand luggage. Passengers will still get the same on-board service as Classic economy customers.

The product is a response to changes in customer purchasing behaviour, targeting the 40% of medium-haul passengers willing to fly without checked luggage, and 60% of customers searching for the cheapest fares. It is hoped that it will also rival the budget airlines and bring revenue back to the airline.

Tickets can be bought now for flights from 6th February.

New routes added to Liverpool Airport
Dec 20th, 2012 by elisa

Two new European routes are being added to Liverpool John Lennon Airport in the new year.

Ryanair will launch a new route from Liverpool to Malta from 31st March 2013. It will operate three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Also operating on the same days, another budget airline, Norwegian, will launch its new service from the airport to Copenhagen. These will start on 5th April 2013.

 

BMI Regional launch new flights
Sep 20th, 2012 by elisa

The first new routes have been announced by BMI Regional since it was sold by British Airways to Sector Aviation Holdings earlier in the year.

From 29th October of this year, the airline will offer twice daily flights from Bristol to Aberdeen and Manchester to Antwerp.

The airline is still operating under a transition agreement from BA, so flights can still be booked at the original website here for the moment. By the end of October however, the carrier will launch its new website and operate under its own new flight numbers.

A statement on the new bmiregional.com said: “The introduction of these new routes demonstrates a clear statement of our intent to develop the business going forward and the additional flights will offer customers greater choice and flexibility when travelling directly as well as providing additional onward connectivity.”

 

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