Average weight time: Airline looks to weigh flyers and their bags
It was a running joke among passengers until it no longer was. After everything the airlines did starting a few years ago to charge passengers for extras they used to get for free, many passengers comically asked, "what's next, weighing each passenger?" Well, the answer appears to be yes. But it's n... Read more
Delayed in a manger: Six travel insurance tips for Christmas from the Nativity Story
Overcrowded hotels, unsuitable transportation, marauding soldiers, a pregnant backpacker going into labour; we might think that Christmas travel chaos is a relatively new phenomenon, but a brief analysis of the Nativity Story reveals that all the signs were there 2,000 years ago.
Just as the three ... Read more
Protect your income with Columbus Direct
We're delighted to announce that we've launched our new direct to consumer income protection product.
With cover starting from £2.20 per month†, we've developed our new cover to make income protection more affordable. It provides different levels of cover, including accident and sickness, unemploym... Read more
Our Cape Town team show their football finesse
Good news for our Cape Town team and footy fans - the team played the Cape Town Tigers last night, and won 3-1.
This will come as no surprise to anyone who's worked with the Cape Town team - we've always known they're winners - but last night's victory has boosted the team's morale and has inspired... Read more
Schumacher's accident having little effect on winter sports fans
Despite the widespread reporting of Michael Schumacher’s recent accident and subsequent head injury, winter sports enthusiasts are still playing roulette with their lives.
We surveyed 3,500 of our customers, and found that over a third (34%) of people would not wear a helmet while on the slopes. Ho... Read more
Tell us your accidental discoveries to win an iPhone 6!
PLEASE NOTE - THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.Congratulations to Kevin Sutch, who won the iPhone6 - you can see his winning entry here.It's competition time here at Columbus Direct - so if you're not quite over #MyDogSelfie yet, read on...In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue - and he discovered Am... Read more
Brit holidaymakers splash out on breaks in 2014
Despite the fact that the rest of the world thinks that Brits are remarkably tight-fisted, our new research has shown that British holidaymakers have been big spenders in 2014.Our survey, which looked at Brits' spending habits, revealed that nearly half of all UK holidaymakers spent between £1,000 a... Read more
Do star signs influence insurance claims?
Comparing over 20,000 customers’ dates of birth and the claims they made, data analysts at Columbus Direct found that Taurus, Aries and Gemini are the three signs most likely to make a claim on their travel insurance – and that usually-adventurous Sagittarians are the least likely to make a claim.Wh... Read more
Columbus Direct get ready for Movember with Octobeard
It's the time of year when all men anxiously begin grooming their facial hair and start looking at expensive waxes and combs on the internet. That's right - Movember is almost upon us, and he who can grow the finest moustache will be the talk of the town.
Not content with just the one month of hirs... Read more
Ash Cloud worries for Holidaymakers
The aviation industry has today been warned about potential flight disruptions due to powerful seismic activity recorded at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano in the past three days. The Met Office recorded the earthquake as the strongest in the region since 1996 and upgraded the status to orange – the f... Read more