easyJet announces offers for summer getaway

easyJet has said that low summer fares are still available with seats to a range of destinations across Europe for fares starting from £22.99.

The UK-based budget airline said that over a quarter of seats available for this summer are currently under £50 (all fares are one way per person including taxes), including:

* London Gatwick to Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Inverness from £27.99, Dubrovnik from £30.99, Bari and Ibiza from £33.99 and Kos from £34.99

* London Luton to Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca from £26.99, Pula, Malaga for £29.99, and Venice from £35.99

* Bristol to Edinburgh and Glasgow from £22.99, Faro from £28.99 and Mykonos from £37.99

* Manchester to Bordeaux from £25.99, Newquay from £26.99, Kos and Palma de Mallorca from £26.99 and Alicante and Corfu from £38.99

* Liverpool to Belfast and the Isle of Man from £22.99, Barcelona from £26.99 and Faro and Palma de Mallorca from £35.99

* Edinburgh to Kefalonia from £30.99, Rhodes and Corfu from £39.99

* Glasgow to Belfast from £22.99, Pula from £24.99 and Chania from £26.99, Jersey from £32.99 and Marseille from £41.99

* Belfast to Nice from £22.99, London Luton and London Stanstead from £26.99 and Bordeaux, Palma de Mallorca, Mahon, London Gatwick, Paris-Charles de Gaulle from £32.99

Ali Gayward easyJet’s UK Country Manager, commented: ‘Delivering a reliable operation this summer and providing a positive experience and the help our customers need when we take them away on their holidays is easyJet’s highest priority. Whether customers are already booked or want to take advantage of the great value fares still to be had for a last-minute getaway, we are working hard to ensure our customers have the help they need to plan, book and travel with us this summer.’

The airline has also announced a range of free services to help customers plan, book and travel including a new hotline for young families and ‘Twilight’ bag drop to check in bags the night before an early morning flight. In addition, a team of easyJet ‘Helping Hands’ will be at key UK airports to provide additional assistance to customers this summer.

Direct Travel Insurance – 20% Summer Discount, Plus Talking Nurses

Direct Travel Insurance (DTI) is offering a 20% discount on all new travel insurance policies bought between now and 31st July 2012, to celebrate its 20th Anniversary this year.

DTI is a leading company in direct travel insurance and provided over half a million UK travellers with travel insurance and peace of mind last year.

‘What is Calpol in Greek?’, ‘Where is the nearest pharmacy to my hotel?’ – DTI Talking Nurses have the answers

A key benefit of all DTI policies is access to Talking Nurses: a unique helpline service which provides guidance on health problems, information on foreign hospitals and clinics, details of foreign brand names and even information on what prescription medication is called in different languages. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no extra cost for DTI policyholders.

DTI ‘s Terrie Ryan says, ‘We’ve noticed an increase in calls about stomach upsets abroad over the last few weeks. Also with our wet and cold summer, problems with dehydration could be more common owing to the sudden increase in temperature experienced on arrival in hot destinations such as southern Europe, or north Africa, so it is important to increase the amount of fluids consumed.’?

Terrie continues, ‘We spend a lot of time reassuring holidaymakers about how the hospital care system works abroad. For example in Italy, Spain, Turkey and Greece nurses don’t provide basic care, so a family member will have to buy food for their loved one and help with basic care such as trips to the toilet, changing bed linen or getting them dressed. In fact, a bed is often provided for the relative to stay alongside the patient to provide that care. The language barrier can create extra concern if you are taken ill abroad. At DTI Talking Nurses we can provide a translator to help with explanations of medical conditions and treatment.’

DTI Travel Health Tips

· Carry any essential medicine in your hand luggage for easy access. Take your repeat prescription slip with you in case for example you need replacement medicine owing to lost baggage

· If travelling by plane you won’t be able to take liquid medicines that exceed 100ml limits, so if you have children it may be worth stocking up on some children’s paracetamol at a supermarket or pharmacy when you arrive at the resort

· Food must be piping hot, whether you are in your hotel restaurant or at a fast food stall, so avoid buffets and follow the golden rules of eating abroad: ‘cook it, peel it, or forget it’

· Children’s ear and throat infections are often caught from swimming pools abroad, so always get the kids to shower off when they come out of the pool

· If you are travelling far afield always seek medical advice, ideally several months before travelling. The website Fit for Travel: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx is an excellent source of advice

What Direct Travel Insurance Offers:

· A range of policies, including Single Trip, Annual, Backpacker and Ski Insurance, to suit the needs and budgets of holidaymakers or business travellers.

· Travel insurance from as little as £2.75 and annual multi trip insurance available from £14.95

· Optional extras including Natural Catastrophe and Additional Personal Accident Cover.

· All DTI Standard, Premier and Premier Plus policies include Scheduled Airline Failure Cover, so that if an airline a policyholder has booked with files for bankruptcy, £1,500 will be provided to cover travel by alternative means

· All DTI insurance policies include emergency 24 hour medical repatriation service

· Dependent children, age 17 or under, can be included for free on family travel insurance

· DT Travel insurance is available from http://www.direct-travel.co.uk/ or by phoning 0845 605 2700 and is quick and easy to apply for

Commenting on the summer discount, Warren D’Souza, Head of Digital Marketing for DTI says, ‘DTI is one of the best kept secrets of the travel insurance industry, having provided UK travellers with great value for money policies since 1992. Our new summer discount gives even more reasons to choose DTI for travel insurance this summer.’

Customer Case Study

The importance of declaring pre-medical conditions was highlighted when a customer called DTI ahead of a trip to Boston, USA.? In disclosing controlled high blood pressure, DTI’s underwriters were able to accept the risk and issue cover. This was important as the customer suffered a cardiac arrest when disembarking the plane?and DTI’s medical team worked with the treating doctors to ensure the customer received the highest level of hospital care.? The customer was fitted with a pacemaker before returning home in upgraded seats with a medical escort.? The total bill for the claim came in at $250,000.

 

Centara Maldives offers free night

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives has a special summer offer in which guests staying between April 28 and July 31, 2011 pay for two nights and receive the third night free of charge, with all benefits included.

During this period, the rate per room night for a Beach Suite is US$699 net, with service charge included but subject to government bed tax of US$8 per person, per day.

The accommodation is on the basis of two adults and up to two children aged 12 years or under sharing their parents’ room. A charge of US$180 per extra adult and US$90 per extra child is applicable.

All guests receive full benefits that include daily buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the resort’s main restaurant; afternoon tea with an ice cream station for the children; pre-dinner snacks; all-day soft drinks; and an open bar serving house-pouring brands, cocktails, wines, and beers.

Guests wishing to dine a la carte at any of the resort’s three restaurants may select a US$40 per adult/US$20 per child alternative.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa is located in the South Ari Atoll, a prime spot for diving and snorkeling. Designed in the colonial style, with timber buildings and walkways, the resort is family oriented with plenty of activities for children.

Roundtrip seaplane services from Male Airport are operated during daylight hours at US$326 net per adult/US$163 net per child, and speedboat transfer is available during day and night at US$260 net per adult/US$130 net per child.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is located in the South Ari Atoll and offers the ultimate in barefoot island luxury along with a range of exciting activities that will appeal both to couples and to families.

Featuring 112 suites and villas, with a choice of beachside or over-water accommodation, the resort has its own house reef complete with a dedicated sunken shipwreck and is within easy reach of the top dive spots in the Maldives.

For more information and reservations, please contact: tel. 02 101 1234 ext. 1 or email to reservations@chr.co.th or visit the website at www.centarahotelsresorts.com/package/MaldivesFreeNight.asp or www.facebook.com/centarahotelsresorts