What types of cars do you rent?

Car Hire Comparison UK: Most rental companies categorise the hire cars and broadly speaking, these are as follows: Mini, Economy, compact, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Vans/Minivans (also referred to as MPV's or People Carriers), SUV's and, depending on the location, Exotic and/or Special Cars which may include such icons as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on. The 'vans' or people carriers are typically available in derivatives from 5 seats through to nine seater. Some locations will also have soft tops (convertibles/cabriolets) available, from a sports car through to a family soft top or 4x4 with a removable, canvas top. Compare Car Hire.

The range is exhaustive and we invite you to look at the 'information' section for additional details on individual vehicles and specifications. Remember, that the extent of the range will be dependent on availability, location and country. 

Where can I get my rental car?

The good news is that 'Car Hire Assistant' has access to over 550 suppliers who, combined, have some 30,000 locations in 175 countries. Therefore, if you want to collect your rental car from a large city, small town, holiday resort, sea port or airport, there is an excellent chance that one of the rental companies we use will have an office near you. If you want to collect your hire car from one location and return it to another, this is also possible with some hire companies, although a premium is charged. Many of the companies we deal with also have kiosks or stations at major airports. 

Remember, our service is free, there are no hidden charges or booking surcharges. We search, so you can compare, not just the price of your rental car, but the options, types of vehicles, locations and service. Compare car hire prices with Car Hire Assistant, The UK  Car Hire Comparison Site - Compare Car Hire

Car Rentals made simple

Renting a car, van or people carrier (MPV) does not have to be a stressful experience. Using a car rental comparison site such as 'Car Hire Assistant' can save you  many hours attempting to find the cheapest deals and then trying to compare the hire options on a like for like basis. Moreover, the process of weeding out those rental operators that employ tactics of headline grabbing, low rental costs, only to hit the hirer with a huge list of extras, means you have to remain alert. Car Hire Assistant removes ambiguities with a guarantee of no hidden prices and a commitment to inclusive rental rates. Car options are laid out in a logical manner allowing the renter to compare 'apples with apples'. We also offer additional, complimentary services such as Car Hire Excess Insurance, Travel Insurance and Airport Transfers. Free service and no booking charges. The best comparison site for Cheap Car Hire

Rental Cars in England

Small, family and luxury car rentals in England through Car Hire Assistant, the rental car comparison site. To get the best deals, we all need a little help sometimes and, if you are seeking a great deal on car rental in England (United Kingdom), then the Car Hire Assistant website is place to be. We are a price comparison site specialising in car hire, not just local hire, but international car rental in any of one the 175 countries we cover, which includes 30,000 rental locations. With some 550 suppliers, we are confident that we can present you with the best prices and range of options for you hire car in England (United Kingdom). Of course, we don't just limit ourselves to local suppliers, where appropriate, we will also seek prices from many of the major international car rental companies, which includes; Europcar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise and Alamo. 

The service is free and you will not be charged a booking fee. The prices are fully inclusive and completely transparent, therefore you do not have to be concerned about hidden charges, something we have all experienced at one time or another. Too good to be true, well not really, at Car Hire Assistant, we believe your rental price should include such necessities as; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver, Airport charges, Taxes and Credit Card Surcharges. We think the search and the subsequent booking for you hire car in England (United Kingdom) should be as painless as possible, therefore we provide you with a wide range of options, clear pricing, great prices, a simple, 3 stage booking process. 

Don't be concerned that you may miss out on special offers from rental companies in England (United Kingdom), if they are running promotions, we will include this in your hire summary and highlight it as a best buy.

It doesn't really matter where you are travelling to in England (United Kingdom), or where it is most convenient to collect your hire car, be this at an airport, train station, city location, holiday resort or railway station. There really is every possibility we will be able to accommodate your wishes. Small, family and luxury car rentals in England through Car Hire Assistant, the rental car comparison site.

At Car Hire Assistant, we truly believe that it is important to be completely open about everything. Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to highlight the fact that laws and regulations are different in every country and this, would of course, include England (United Kingdom). Similarly, some terms can vary between rental operators, albeit in a minor way, therefore we ensure that the terms and conditions are made available to you to enable you to truly compare your options. 

We offer a wide range of vehicles in England (United Kingdom), however, the full extent will be determined by the local operator and your chosen rental location. The types of vehicles will include economy and compact models, family cars estate cars (station wagons), multi-purpose vehicles (also referred to as MPV's, people carriers or vans), prestige car including Mercedes (E Class, S Class, BMW 5 Series and 7 Series etc) and four wheel drive vehicles such as Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV's) or 4x4's. In some larger locations or cities, we can also provide sports cars or high value prestige cars (Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin etc).

 

Planning your Trip

Things always seem to go better when they are carefully planned and flying to another destination is no exception. Plan well and all things being equal, you should have an uneventful trip with less stress. Here are the top tips:

Before you leave

  • Ensure that you have your airline tickets, vouchers for hotel bookings, car rental and/or airport shuttle transfers, your passport, visa (if required), money, credit cards and travellers cheques. If you are renting a car at your destination, make sure you have your driver's licence (paper and photo) and, if necessary, an international drivers permit. These items should all be kept in your hand luggage.
  • Familiarise yourself with the 'banned item' list, these change from time to time, but it is important to know what can go in your hand luggage, what must go in the hold and what you simply cannot take with you.
  • Avoid wrapping items such as gifts or presents because these may be opened by security at your departing or destination airport.
  • If you are taking essential medicines, ensure that that they are in their original packaging and, if they are prescription drugs, try and get a letter from your doctor confirming that these have been prescribed for you. Also remember, that is some countries, certain drugs are banned, even if you have been prescribed them by your doctor. If in doubt, check with the airline and/or embassy.
  • Make sure that you choose comfortable clothing, especially if it is a long journey, also be cognisant of the weather at your destination, which may influence your choice of clothes.
  • Check the weight of your luggage. Most airlines have a strict policy on exceeding baggage limits and airport surcharges can be very expensive. In addition, some airlines will not allow you to pay in excess at checkin, which could lead to delays and inconvenience.

Heading for the airport

  • Always remember to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport. As a general rule, if you are taking an international flight, you should aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. For local or domestic flights, at least one hour.
  • Make sure you know what terminal you are departing from, some airports are very large and the distance between the terminal buildings can be considerable.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. Road maintenance often happens at night, and this can occasionally lead to unexpected road closures, so check before you travel and allow ample time for your journey. If you are travelling during the day, then traffic may become your curse, once again, check on travel information sites and allow extra time for unexpected delays.
  • If you are driving to the airport yourself, it is advisable to book your airport parking in advance. Many websites no offer this service and it can be much cheaper than attempting to find parking on arrival.
  • If you are using public transport to get to the airport, then make sure you have booked advance tickets and also, that there are no planned maintenance (in respect of railways) or anticipated road works in the case of coach travel.
  • If you are travelling by hire car and intend to leave it at the airport, make sure the rental company has facilities to allow you to drop it off. Not all car rental companies have airport facilities, many are located just outside.

On arrival at the airport terminal

  • Since 2001, airport security has been tightened considerably and, on occasion, additional security measures are employed at very short notice. As a consequence, the amount of time taken to go through airport security has lengthened considerably and it can also be unpredictable, especially if additional measures have been introduced.
  • Make sure you are familiar with what you can take through security, particularly in relation to banned items and liquids. Remember, even if you have purchased something at the airport (such as drinks), you may not be able to take it through security and/or on the airline.
  • You must keep your baggage with you at all times. In part because of the security issues at airports, but also because it will almost certainly contain your essential travel documents and you would not want to lose them or have them stolen. You should never look after the belongings of other people or agree to carry anything onto the aircraft on their behalf.
  • Once you are through passport control and security, make sure you keep a close eye on the 'departure boards', many airport no longer make verbal announcements and you need to know which gate number your flight is departing from. Also consider the amount of time it takes to get from where you are to the gate, some airport are very large, such as Heathrow and it can take up to 30 minutes to get to the gate.

On the plane

  • If you are going on a long journey, then try to relax and get some sleep. For shorter journeys you may want to read a book, watch a movie or listen to music on your MP3 player. So make sure you have packed laptops, tablets and/or music players into your hand luggage.
  • It is advisable not to eat too much on long haul flights, because this can lead to an inability to sleep or indigestion. Move around the aircraft as much as you can to keep your circulation working. If you have flight socks, then consider using them.
  • Avoid too much alcohol, but drink plenty of other beverages to avoid dehydration.
  • Heathrow Airport Limited, The Compass Centre, Nelson Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2GW. Telephone: +44 (0)844 335 1801, website: www.heathrowairport.com
  • London Luton Airport, Navigation House, Airport Way, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 9LY. Telephone: +44 (0)1582 405100, website: www.london-luton.co.uk.
  • London Gatwick Airport, Gatwick, West Sussex, RH6 0JH. Telephone: +44 (0)870 000 2468, website: www.gatwickairport.com
  • Stansted Airport, Round Coppice Road, Stansted, Essex, CM24 1SF. Telephone: +44 (0)870 0000 303, website: www.stanstedairport.com
  • London City Airport, Royal Docks, London, E16 2PX. +44 (0)44 (0)20 7646 0088, website: www.londoncityairport.com
  • Birmingham International Airport, Birmingham, West Midlands, B26 3QJ. Telephone: +44 (0)121 767 5511, website: www.bhx.com
  • Manchester Airport, Manchester, M90 1QX. Telephone: +44 (0)161 489 3000, website: www.manairport.co.uk
  • Leeds Bradford International Airport, Leeds, LS19 7TU. Telephone: +44 (0)113 250 9696, website: www.lbia.co.uk
  • Glasgow Airport, Abbotsinch, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA3 2ST. Telephone: +44 (0)44 (0)141 887 1111, website: www.glasgowairport.com
  • Edinburgh Airport, Turnhouse Road, Midlothian, Scotland, EH12 9DN. Telephone: +44 (0)131 333 1000, website: www.edinburghairport.com
  • Even if you are a seasoned traveller, it is worthwhile spending a few minutes to decide exactly what you need from your hire car. 
  • When considering the type of vehicle you wish to hire, consider the passengers and the luggage. Hiring a Suzuki jeep for 4 people with luggage could really be a problem. All too often hirers count the seats, but not the luggage.
  • If you are going on holiday and want to relax consider carefully whether you want a manual or automatic gearbox. 
  • Most cars have air conditioning as standard, but some of the economy vehicles may not, therefore if this is important to you, check carefully before you book and upgrade to the next model if necessary.
  • If you are not familiar with the country you are travelling to, then you need to think ahead. Planning the journey from your arrival airport to your destination is often overlooked. Do you need a local map, SatNav or will you take written directions? There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport in the middle of the night and getting lost! 
  • Do you need booster seats, child seats or a ski rack? These are often available from the hire companies at an additional charge, but they have to be booked in advance.  
  • Will you be the only driver? Some rental companies will allow a second driver at no additional charge (or for a small fee), but this needs to be booked in advance.
  • It is recommended that you remove the identiying tag from the car key ring and keep it in a safe place until the termination of your hire to avoid highlighting that you are a tourist and using a rental car. 
  • One Way Hires or dropping the car off at a different location can be convenient, but expensive. Most car hire companies allow this option, but it is worth checking the difference between these options and returning the car to the airport terminal. 
  • Check the terms of your hire carefully. Some rental companies will supply the car with a full tank of petrol and will expect you to return it with a full tank. If you don’t, then there could be additional charges levied and the cost of fuel may not be the most competitive. If your car is not provided with a full tank of petrol then you should plan to stop as early as possible refuel. 
  • Before you accept the car, make sure you check the condition carefully, noting any damage, including scratches, dents, tyres or windscreen damage. You should ensure that these are written on the handover form to avoid any arguments when the vehicle is returned. Also remember that, as the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that the hire car meets local road and traffic regulations, this includes, but is not limited to tyres, lights, wipers and brakes. If you are not happy, reject the vehicle and ask for an alternative. 
  • Above all, familiarise yourself with the car before you drive. Being in a different country with an unfamiliar car can be stressful. Take your time.
  • Rules of the road and more specifically traffic laws and regulations vary enormously between different countries. Therefore, whilst your drivers licence may be valid, your appreciation of local driving laws may not. To avoid frustration, fines, arrest or accidents, all travellers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the local driving regulations before they embark on their journey. Many European countries also impose 'on the spot' fines for offences such as speeding. Also worth noting is that the car hire company will hold you personally liable for any fines incurred whilst you are using the vehicle, for example, parking fines

There are 28 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom and overseas territories. Those on the UK mainland include; Blaenavon Industrial Landscape, Blenheim Palace, Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church, Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd, City of Bath, Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, Derwent Valley Mills, Dorset and East Devon Coast, Durham Castle and Cathedral, Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast, Gough and Inaccessible Island, Heart of Neolithic Orkney, Henderson Island, Ironbridge Gorge, Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City, Maritime Greenwich, New Lanark, Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, St Kilda, Saltaire, Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites, Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey, Tower of London and Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church.

Great attractions to visit in the UK include; British Museum;  Tate Modern; National Gallery; Natural History Museum; Science Museum; V&A (South Kensington); Buckingham Palace; National Maritime Museum; Tower of London; St Paul’s Cathedral; National Portrait Gallery; Tate Britain; British Library; Westminster Abbey; National Galleries of Scotland (Edinburgh sites); Old Royal Naval College Greenwich; Edinburgh Castle; Chester Zoo; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum (Glasgow); Imperial War Museum (London); Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath; Canterbury Cathedral; Merseyside Maritime Museum; London Zoo; Stonehenge; Eden Project; Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley; World Museum Liverpool; Chatsworth House Trust; Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Houses of Parliament; National Railway Museum; Leeds Castle; Hampton Court Palace; National War Museum; Blenheim Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, London Aquarium, London Dungeon, London Eye, Madame Tussauds's, Tower Bridge Exhibition, Churchill War Rooms, The London Eye and Windsor Castle.

 

Qatar Airways today announced December 13th as the start date of its first long-haul Boeing 787 commercial service from Doha to London Heathrow. The 787 Dreamliner will début on the Heathrow route as Doha-based Qatar Airways becomes the first airline to run frequent scheduled flights to the UK with Boeing’s next generation aircraft.

Initially, one of the airline’s 5 daily flights will be run with the Boeing 787 – Flight QR 075 departing Doha at 0625 hrs, arriving at London Heathrow at 1105 hrs, with the return flight QR 076 departing London Heathrow at 1505 hrs, arriving in Doha at 0045 hrs the following day. Passengers will have the chance to travel on-board one of the most sophisticated, spacious and comfortable aircraft available.

Qatar Airways took delivery of the first of 60 Dreamliners earlier this month with the second expected to arrive over the weekend. Both aircraft are currently operating commercial flights on intra-Gulf routes to acquaint operating crew with the aeroplane before getting into the long-haul market. The Dreamliner signifies the beginning of an exciting new era for travellers worldwide. Qatar Airways’ latest acquisition to its fleet also heralds a new era for Middle East aviation with the carrier being the Boeing 787 launch customer in the region.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said the maiden long-haul 787 service to London had been in the pipeline for some time.

“We are delighted at last with today’s announcement that in just over two weeks’ time, the UK market will see its first 787 on a regular full commercial service when it flies into London Heathrow,” he said.

“Inaugurating our 787 on the London Heathrow route puts Qatar Airways firmly on the global aviation map as a carrier with a determination to continue its expansion drive and improve an already superior in-flight product.

“Both new and existing customers in the UK and further afield on connecting flights will soon have an opportunity to fly on the most talked-about aircraft in the world in and out of London.

“We have already received our second 787 with a further three to join our fleet by the end of the year. And we won’t stop there. With more 787s being inducted into the fleet next year, further route launches and our move to a brand new international airport in Doha during 2013, we continue to look forward to another year of exciting developments.

“With our ever-expanding international network, more people from different parts of the world will have an opportunity to fly Qatar Airways and our new 787s to and from our Doha hub.”

Qatar Airways’ 787s are the world’s first fully connected Dreamliners with wireless facilities allowing internet and SMS mobile texting in both the Business and Economy cabins.

Every seat throughout the aircraft includes the award-winning touch screen Android system, where passengers are able to navigate through a truly interactive service offering more than 1,000 movie, TV programmes, music and gaming entertainment options in a sophisticated and user friendly way.

The touch-screen control unit includes a dual screen interface allowing passengers to play games on their handheld device while enjoying a movie on their personal screen. Passengers can stay connected through WIFI and GSM telephony, sending both text and MMS messages, with each seat equipped with USB, MP3 and other charger ports, including laptop power outlets.

One of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 15 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 114 aircraft to 121 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas.

Since the beginning of 2012, Qatar Airways has launched flights to 11 new destinations – Baku (Azerbaijan); Tbilisi (Georgia); Kigali (Rwanda); Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad (Iraq), Perth (Australia), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania); Yangon (Myanmar), Maputo (Mozambique) and Belgrade (Serbia).

Over the next few weeks and months, Qatar Airways will launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Warsaw, Poland (December 5), Gassim, Saudi Arabia (7 January 2013); Najaf, Iraq (January 23); Phnom Penh, Cambodia (February 20); Chicago, USA (April 10); and Salalah, Oman (May 22).

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Avis UK has launched the hottest generation of the cult classic Volkswagen Beetle which is offered for hire through its premium Select Series range.

With the original Beetle launched by Volkswagen over 70 years ago, this is the first time that the 21st Century model has been offered for hire in the UK, to Avis customers.

With the Avis ‘Select Series’, customers can decide on the make and model of their hire car at the time of booking, appealing to motoring enthusiasts looking to hire a specific vehicle.

The Volkswagen Beetle will join the Audi A4 Saloon, Audi A4 Avant, Audi A1, Audi A3, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, BMW 5 Series, Fiat 500, Volkswagen Scirocco, Volkswagen Sharan, Volvo XC90, Citroen DS3 and the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion.

Coming equipped with a DAB radio and front and rear parking sensors, the Volkswagen Beetle is an appropriate addition to Avis’ current range, with 69 of the new cars launched at select locations in London including London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Earls Court.

Avis UK managing director, Kaye Ceille commented: “We’re committed to giving our customers a great choice of quality cars to hire and the Volkswagen Beetle is a fantastic addition to our Select Series range.

“Available to our customers exclusively until the end of January 2013, this iconic car is the perfect option for those seeking a fun, quirky drive with a difference.”

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easyJet is introducing 6 new routes in an growth plan which will result in the creation of around 160 new jobs along with an predicted 500 indirect jobs in Scotland.

Increasing the number of planes it maintains in the capital from 5 to 7, the new routes will deliver almost 140,000 more passengers which is predicted to benefit the local economy by almost £90m.

Important German destinations Berlin and Hamburg will be served together with in demand city breaks such as Prague, Copenhagen, Reykjavik and Dubrovnik which will be offered on the new schedule. All of the new cities are predicted help the Scottish business community remain connected with Europe.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The new direct links with some of the world’s most exciting destinations will open up fresh inward investment opportunities and strengthen existing ties with the likes of Germany and Scandinavia. This is a major endorsement and vote of confidence in Edinburgh and Scotland, and we are working behind the scenes to deliver even more direct routes.

“International interest in Scotland has arguably never been greater and a number of these locations are on VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise’s wish lists in terms of target markets. People from across the world are eagerly anticipating what Scotland has to offer, and with the likes of the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and Homecoming all fast approaching I fully expect that level of interest to increase.

“These new easyJet routes are also a major boost to our tourism sector, which is worth £11 billion to our economy and employs 270,000 people. Attracting more direct flights to and from Scotland helps deliver cheaper fares for the public and reduces the need for extra connecting flights through London.”

Hugh Aitken, easyJet’s Head of Scotland, added: “easyJet’s new routes have been selected to boost both inbound and outbound business and leisure travellers. The two new aircraft mean that we, along with our ground handler, are able to create 160 jobs in Scotland as well as hundreds more which will be created through increased tourism. We will also be increasing our frequencies and the number of routes we are able to operate.

“I’m confident our new 2013 schedule will really appeal to people travelling to and from Scotland both on business and for leisure and will further bolster Edinburgh’s world-famous appeal for tourists.

“I would like to thank the Government on behalf of easyJet for its on-going support of our growth in the capital.”

The first Airbus A319 is expected to arrive on 2nd December 2012 with the second plane commencing operations in March 2013.

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British aviation policy has been thrown into further confusion after chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne refused to rule out a third runway at London Heathrow Airport.

The development has been much sought by the business community in the UK, which claims additional aviation capacity in the south-east of England is essential, but remains against official government policy.

However, announcing a £50 billion programme of infrastructure investment, Osborne said Heathrow development remained “an option”.

“We need more runway capacity in the south-east of England,” Osborne said.

“Then there is a question of where it should go – Heathrow, new Estuary airport, Stansted, Gatwick?

“What I would say is, let us examine all the options.

“Let us make sure we can try and create a political consensus.”

The comments are being widely interpreted as an offer of support for the third runway, despite opposition from government. Official coalition policy states no runway can be approved during the present parliament.

A committee report into aviation policy has twice been delayed as rival factions within the government attempt to assert control. Labour also presently opposes a third runway at the airport.

David Cameron was last week challenged to support the development, with Conservative MP Tim Yeo asking whether he was a “man or a mouse” on the issue.

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Car rental price comparison site, Car Hire Assistant has introduced a new section on their website aimed at providing British Nationals with a single resource to find the main Government agencies that provide support, advice and information for travellers.

In many cases, the first time British Nationals consider using the services of a Government agency is after a problem occurs. Whilst in some circumstances this is perfectly acceptable, in others, it necessary or advisable to take action before travelling. For example, The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which provides British Nationals with ‘state provided’ health cover in all EEA countries, must be applied for in advance of travelling. The application process can take up to 10 days and, whilst it is no substitute for normal travel insurance it is an excellent free service, not least because it also covers pre-existing condition.

Similarly the “LOCATE” service offered free of charge by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO); is another support function that requires registration prior to travel. By registering your travel arrangements with LOCATE, if a major catastrophe occurs British Embassy staff will have an instant record of the British National’s details and can make contact. This may include events such as a as tsunami, earthquake or terrorist incident, LOCATE provides consular staff the opportunity to offer immediate advice and assistance.

Also included is a section, including links, on the various information services offered to British nationals by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). This includes country specific and general travel information available via Twitter, RSS readers and email.

Other sections include advice and where to find up to date information on Travel Vaccinations for British Travellers. This includes links to specific websites (Government and Not For Profit) offering practical and up to minute advice.

Over the coming weeks, Car Hire Assistant intends to add to the practical information resource by including details and links to other resources that may be useful to travellers, this may include other Government agencies as well as charities and private or not for profit organisations that may add value to the travel experience.

Forewarned is forearmed. An explanation is provided of the difference between British Embassies, High Commission’s and Consulates, as well as a brief summary of what Consular staff will and will not do for British nationals. Included are links to various sites, including one which provides contact details for every British Embassy, High Commission and Consulate.

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More than three-quarters of UK holidaymakers who chose to go All Inclusive ended up paying for extras they expected to be covered within the package price, according to the latest research by Post Office Travel Money.

The Post Office All Inclusive Holiday Report revealed that over 14 million holidaymakers paid extra for items that included international alcoholic and soft drink brands, bottles of wine, bottled water, cocktails, internet access and a la carte meals.

And, although 88 per cent of holidaymakers expected all meals to be included, a Post Office survey of 40 hotels in 20 destinations worldwide found that only a third included a la carte dining, some because they only offered buffet meals, others because they charged guests extra to eat in a la carte restaurants.

As a result, one in six of the All Inclusive holidaymakers who took part in the study – three million people – collectively paid £76.8 million (based on an average of £25.72 each) for meal choice. While meals were the biggest expense, the study revealed that extra charges for a range of drinks also cost millions more pounds.

Internet access was another anomaly. 43 per cent of the survey sample thought free access would be available but fewer than half (48 per cent) of hotels included this in their packages. As a result, 26 per cent (4.85 million people) paid out to use the internet. Based on an average one hour charge of £4.68, Post Office Travel Money calculated that this would add £22.7 million to the holiday bill for these people.

Andrew Brown, Post Office Head of Travel Money, said: “All Inclusive holidays are definitely on the increase, especially in Europe, which, according to our research, now accounts for two-thirds of All Inclusive trips by UK holidaymakers.

“However, as the numbers rise, so do expectations and in almost every cost category that we looked at the All Inclusive offer made by hotels fell short of what holidaymakers expected. This may explain why although it is possible not to spend any extra on an All Inclusive holiday, we found that less than a quarter of holidaymakers did so.”

“Quality is an issue for many people. When we asked for comments about All Inclusive experiences – particularly food, the quality ratings were much higher for long haul resorts than for European ones.

Brown went on to offer advice for holidaymakers planning to take the All Inclusive option. He said: “Since most people pay for extras, the important thing is to carry enough foreign currency to cover items that are excluded from All Inclusive packages as this will save paying bank transfer charges on card transactions. Before booking an All Inclusive holiday, check carefully to see what is included and plan expenditure accordingly.

Change money before leaving home to avoid poor airport rates and hidden charges for using ATMs abroad, particularly for debit cards. Instead load cash for unforeseen costs onto a pre-paid card like the Post Office Travel Money Card Plus.”

Travellers who need to hire a car and want to save money before leaving home should consider using a Car Rental Price Comparison Site, such as Car Hire Assistant. The free search and booking engine will interrogate as many as 550 suppliers, with operations in 175 countries and charge nothing for the service. No fees, or surcharges.

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British Airways is planning to double the number of flights between Dublin International Airport and London Heathrow on its service this winter.

Following the acquisition of bmi by International Airlines Group (IAG), British Airways now operates this air link after taking over the route at the end of June.

The changes will take place when the airline introduces its winter 2012 schedule and launches a new timetable which sees the number of daily services increase from four to eight return flights, enabling it to offer thousands more seats a week between both cities.

The new schedule, effective from October 28, will also include the introduction of a new early morning departure time of 6.25am benefiting both business and leisure customers.

Commenting on the announcement, Simon Daly, British Airways’ Sales Manager Ireland, said: “I am delighted to see the British Airways colours back in Dublin after an absence of 20 years. We appreciate the importance of air links to London and are pleased to announce that less than two months after taking over this route, we are now able to respond to customer demand and increase capacity.

“Our improved schedule also sees us adding a new early morning departure time from Dublin which will mean that passengers will be able to extend their working day should they need to.

“In addition, it offers both business and leisure passengers greater choice in terms of connections to our extensive global network at London Heathrow bringing destinations on the world map closer to Ireland, benefitting Irish businesses, tourism and Ireland as a whole.”

Dublin Airport Authority’s Director of Strategy Vincent Harrison welcomed British Airways decision to double frequency on its Heathrow service, saying it underscored the importance of the Dublin-London route.

“We have worked closely with British Airways since the bmi takeover and are delighted that the airline has decided to significantly increase its services on the Dublin-London Heathrow route. This is excellent news for business and leisure travellers, as British Airways doubling of its existing Heathrow service will offer additional choice and flexibility for passengers. Dublin-London is Europe’s busiest international city pair with 3.7 million passengers travelling by air between the two capitals last year.”

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Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (21 Aug) announced that it will increase the number of flights between Kerry and London Stansted from three return flights per week to a daily return flight from 7 Nov. Ryanair, which already offers a daily return flight between Kerry and London Luton Airport, will now offer passengers in the South West a choice of two daily services to London giving them more options and flexibility at Ryanair’s lowest fares.

Ryanair’s celebrated its increased London flights with a €16 Seat Sale, which includes all taxes and charges, so passengers who choose to avoid discretionary fees by paying for Ryanair’s cheapest flights with Ryanair’s Cash Passport, travel with carry-on luggage only and decline our priority boarding service can book, check-in online and fly for this advertised €16 fare on these seat sale flights.

Ryanair’s Maria Macken, said:

“Ryanair is pleased to announce increased frequencies on its Kerry-London Stansted route which will operate daily from 7th November giving passengers in the South West a choice of two London destinations for winter 2012. This is great news for tourism in the South West as Londoners, keen to snap up good value hotel and golf breaks in the region, now have even more options when travelling to Kerry.”

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VisitEngland the national tourist board is launching a new partnership project which aims to inspire Britons to take more holidays at home, creating 9,100 jobs and generating £365 million in spending over the next three years.

The three-year project, ‘Growing Tourism Locally’, has been funded by £19.8m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) with contributions from VisitEngland and the private sector.

The investment focuses on working directly with destinations and the private sector to create a number of dedicated marketing campaigns throughout the country that will focus on specific areas and themes.

Destination campaigns will start to roll out over the next 6 months whilst themed campaigns will begin running in early 2013 to stimulate Easter and Summer holiday bookings for next year.  Themes will focus on what England is most loved for including: Heritage, Coastal, Countryside, and Culture including Sport and Literature.

Cumbria Tourism kick-starts the programme today with an advertising campaign called Go Share Great Moments and Go Take your Breath Away with adverts appearing in London’s key rail and underground stations.  The adverts will feature the beautiful countryside of the Lake District and other parts of Cumbria highlighting the quality of local food, adventure and family activities.

Business Tourism is also to receive support from the Regional Growth Fund and will build on VisitEngland’s work with destinations to grow the value of international conferences, events and conventions.

James Berresford, VisitEngland’s chief executive said: “The RGF money is a huge boost for tourism in England.  This project enables our public and private sector partners to work together to stimulate tourism and ultimately grow jobs throughout the country with particular emphasis on some local areas.

“This is a great time to launch and we hope that by riding on the crest of a wave of a successful London 2012 Olympic Games we will harness the swell of national pride and inspire Brits to take the home advantage and holiday at home this year and beyond.”

Enterprise minister Mark Prisk added: “Whether it’s creating jobs or boosting tourism, the RGF shows the difference that Government and the private sector can make when working together. It is projects like this which will unlock private sector investment in parts of the country that need it most and boost local economic growth.”

The total cost of the campaign will be £41m including £20m from the Regional Growth Fund, £9m from VisitEngland, £12m leveraged from the national and local tourism sector.

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Virgin Atlantic is launching flights from London Heathrow to Manchester Airport in the airline’s first foray into the domestic market.

The new route, will be operated with three daily flights to   Manchester using Airbus A319 aircraft, will commence from 31st March 2013. Virgin revealed the new route signals the start of a new network which will provide regional feed to its long haul service as well as providing choice for point to point passengers.

“Flying between Heathrow and Manchester is just the start for Virgin Atlantic’s new short haul operation,” explains Virgin Atlantic Chief Executive, Steve Ridgway.

“We have the means to connect thousands of passengers to our long haul network as well as to destinations served by other carriers. Our new service will provide strong competition to overly-dominant BA; keep fares low and give consumers a genuine choice of airline to fly to Heathrow and beyond.”

Manchester is a key regional airport with over 65% of passengers to London connecting onwards to other destinations.

“Operating a London to Manchester route will provide an invaluable feed to our existing long haul network for both business and leisure passengers. It is the perfect introduction to short haul flights for Virgin Atlantic – we know that passengers travelling from Manchester connect onto destinations we already serve; including Boston, Cape Town and Hong Kong. We changed the way consumers view long haul travel with our unique approach to flying and we are now in the position to do that to short haul travel too;” added Ridgway.

Virgin plans to apply for all of the remedy slots being awarded by the European Commission following the IAG takeover of bmi, but is using some of its existing slots to service the Manchester to London route.

The new Manchester route joins Virgin’s newly launched service to Mumbai and a sixth daily service to New York; both starting in October this year.

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Europcar, a leading car rental firm in Europe, has recognised its best performing franchisees at ITB in Berlin.

Franchisees were nominated within five categories:  “Best Performer”, “Technical Solutions”, “Customer Satisfaction”, “Commercial Vehicles” and “Best Newcomer”. This is the first time Europcar has rewarded its international franchisees’ network with dedicated trophies”.

2013 winners were:

Best Performer : Europcar Zambia:  Grant GATCHELL, General Director Customer Satisfaction: Europcar Switzerland: Carlos SARDINHA, General Manager Technical Solutions: Europcar Oman: Nitin SAPRE, General Manager Best Newcomer: Europcar Chile: Cristian PEREZ MOORE, General Manager Commercial Vehicles: Europcar Denmark: Poul TVEDE, General Manager

“We are very proud to reward our best franchisees for the first time. It is essential for Europcar that its franchisees’ network gets further integrated and recognised within our group. We have created our new Awards to highlight the best performances and share the best practices. Our franchisees give the Europcar brand a worldwide presence and high visibility, but also a great diversity to...

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Car Hire Assistant, the car rental price comparison site has changed the website address for its Car Hire Excess insurance. With immediate effect, the new address will be: www.carhireassistant.travelexcess.com.

A spokesman for Car Hire Assistant apologised for the inconvenience, but assured users that the excellent offers previously available for these independent car hire excess insurance policies shall remain.

Car Hire Assistant providers hirers with the opportunity to take out an independent ‘pay and claim’ insurance police to cover the insurance excess imposed by car rental firms. Taking out an independent policy can save hirers a small fortune, when compared to the ‘daily’ charges imposed by most rental companies.

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Heathrow passengers are the first in the world to use an revolutionary technology as component of the airport’s drive to further enhance the passenger experience. Terminal 1 passengers are being asked to participate in a 2 month ‘self-boarding’ trial in collaboration with South African Airways, which makes use of biometric data to help them board their flights quicker and more efficiently.

Once passengers arrive at the ‘self-boarding’ gate, they pass through an automatic electronic barrier which takes an infrared scan of their face. This data is verified against the biometric data that was taken at the check-in stage. When the 2 sets of data scans are successfully met, the barrier opens and the passenger can pass through and board their flight. The technology means that a passenger’s identification only needs to be checked by airline staff once during the whole departure process, minimising the amount of time it takes for passengers...

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Dubai International has broken another monthly record by receiving, for the first time, more than 5.5 million passengers in a single month. According to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic rose by 14.6 per cent to 5,559,760 in January 2013, up from 4,852,139 for the same period in 2012.

It is also acknowledged that most markets improved in January through a combination of holiday traffic and visitors to the ever popular Dubai Shopping Festival. In addition, flight links continue to be widened between Dubai and Saudi Arabia with Emirates, flydubai, Nasair and Saudi Arabian Airlines all adding new flights in 2012.

For example in the course of the year Emirates added new flights to Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh while flydubai expanded its network to include Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh, Taif, Yanbu and Tabuk. Saudi Arabian Airlines, also introduced flights from Medina and Riyadh to Dubai and low-cost airline Nasair introduced links...

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South African Airways Extreme Fares campaign has seen exceptional 2013 figures for the airline in the UK, with income up 70 per cent year-on-year across some channels. The unprecedented improvement in January bookings comes after the recent launch of South African Airways’ focused winter adventure travel marketing campaign.

This witnessed the airline partner with adventurer Charley Boorman for his 4 part TV series Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure, which was broadcast on Channel 5 and exhibited South Africa’s ultimate experiences throughout January. The country was also in the limelight last month on the BBC as a consequence of David Attenborough’s ‘Africa’ show. Both shows generated interest which SAA were able to expolit.

Jon Danks head of UK&I marketing & communications, SAA said: “The integrated campaign ran across key digital, print, and social media channels, anchored to the range of adventures showcased in both shows.

“Our tie up with Charley and Channel 5 presented...

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