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Lufthansa strike sees 'massive' flight cancellations

Lufthansa is offering free alternative bookings 22 April 2013 Last updated at 01:38 GMT German airline Lufthansa has cancelled the majority of its flights scheduled for Monday due to a strike over pay. The airline said only about 20 of its flights would run as planned, out of more than 1,700 orig... Read more

Columbus Wins ITIJ Award Second Year Running

We’re happy to announce that Columbus Direct Insurance won Intermediary of the Year for a second year at the ITIJ Awards. The International Travel and Health Insurance Journal (ITIJ) Awards were held this month and whether you’re an insurer, claims handler, air ambulance operator, or medical provid... Read more

The ultimate guide to 2015's best festivals

The word 'festival' almost invariably brings to mind images of welly-clad punters squelching through the mud 'somewhere, somewhere in a field in Hampshire' (as Pulp so memorably put it). Just thinking that festivals start and end with the likes of Glastonbury is to do the others a disservice. After... Read more

England best hope for the World Cup

The countdown’s on for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and there’s a queasy mix of excitement and trepidation kicking around. Luis Suarez needing to recover from knee surgery might give England a boost in progressing from their group even though Suarez’s mum has said he’ll be ready in time. Wayne Roone... Read more

Ryanair fined €550k for poor customer service

Ryanair, the budget airline, has been fined €550k by the Italian competition watchdog AGCM after huge numbers of customers complained about the company's premium rate phone line. According to The Australian, people found it 'difficult and unreasonably expensive' to find alternative flights, claim r... Read more

The FCA proposes to ban opt-out selling

In a move that will delight consumers and watchdogs alike, the Financial Conduct Authority is set to ban opt-out selling in financial services markets. Last year, the general insurance market was reviewed, and add-ons were put under the microscope. This is thought to be the reason for the regulator... Read more

Doors to manual: What was working as cabin crew in the 1970s and 1980s like?

Even though we’re all still fascinated by the world of air travel, who doesn’t wonder about the glamour of yesteryear? We’ve spoken to two members of cabin crew who worked in the 1970s and 1980s. Jaqui Perry worked as cabin crew from 1968 to 1971 for British United Airways, which then became Briti... Read more

Discover the truth about sharks and feel safer in the water this summer

The following situation will be familiar to anyone with an over-active imagination. You've swum a fair way from the beach; the sea is cool and deep, you're enjoying the waves and the sounds from the shore. Maybe a ham and cheese toastie is on the cards for lunch. Hang on - what just brushed your fo... Read more

Chemmy Alcott’s Ones to Watch in 2016

We’re always keen to keep an eye on current trends within the ski and snowboarding world, and it’s great to see which young stars are on the rise. We spoke to our brand ambassador Chemmy Alcott about her favourite faces to watch on the slopes; here are five people who Chemmy reckons are going to st... Read more

Guide to Snowboxx 2016 for skiers and snowboarders

There's no denying it; Snowboxx is the last word in ski and snowboarding chic. What’s the story? Now in its fourth year, Snowboxx has pulled out all the stops; this year revellers can expect a brand new festival village, ultra-secret mountain parties, pool parties with a tropical theme, and park c... Read more

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