The British Airways site looks predictably stylish but is
perhaps a little lacking
in identity. This is partly because the services are shared between a
site and a UK one. However, there are plenty of useful features on the
including the opportunity to book your tickets online and details of
very tempting special offers. The flight information and online
is also bang up to date and it's easy to find the information you're
via the drop down menus.
British Midland was the first airline in the UK to auction
off seats over the Internet, bidding started at £19 excluding
taxes. The airline auctioned off thousands
of flights so next time around you could grab a real bargain. Keep an
on the site to find out when they're holding the next online auction.
include popular European cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin and
You can also check out timetable and book regular flights from the site.
Another low cost airline, this one sees the Internet as its
main way of doing business. It's unsurprising, then, that the site is
very impressive. Decked out in distinctive
purple and yellow livery, it's so easy to use that booking a flight is
of a joy than a chore. It also carefully explains the Buzz pick 'n' mix
to flying - you start off with a basic price and then add extras such
use of the business lounge.
Having trounced the big boys in the value stakes, it looks
like the Easyjet website also has the best of them in terms of
usability and promotion. You might need
shades to cope with the garish colour scheme but you'll find all the
easily accessible and to the point. The online booking facility
cause you any problems and, to keep costs down and show they've truly
the digital age, you won't even need a ticket when you get to check-in
the reference number emailed to you is enough.
Having been squeezed by the success of Easyjet, Ryanair and
the rest, British Airways
launched its own low cost airline and this is the result. Many of the
Go fares are only available to online customers so it's certainly worth
back regularly. When we visited there were bargains galore - including
to Barcelona and Milan for as little as £40.
The best way to use use the KLM site is to check back every
now and again for details of their special offers. You can access these
directly from the front
page of the site and you're almost sure to pick up a bargain. Having
one there's the opportunity to book online and, should you take regular
you'll want to know about Flying Dutchman, their frequent flyers' club,
is also covered in some detail.
you're planning on flying to Oz for a holiday there's a fair chance
be flying with Qantas. Its site reflects the airline's fun yet
professional image, being very easy to get around and use. You can
search for bargain fares,
check flight timetables and explore the new terminal at Sydney Airport.
haven't been forgotten, either, with a fun little beach volleyball game
the company's mascot - which is, of course, the koala.
you travel by Ryanair you might not get a free packet of peanuts or a
tepid meal but you will get a cheap, cheap flight to a variety of
European destinations. The website points out the latest special offers
on the front page before guiding you through an excellent online
booking facility. With budget fares like this, which soon get snapped
up, it's certainly easier to check availability and book online than
spend hours on hold.
whereas other airline sites have a staid, straightforward
approach, Virgin at least tries to inject a little bit of fun into
proceedings. Each section of the site is represented by an animated
icon flying past your virtual aircraft window, including sections
relating to the in flight experience, the history of the airline and,
of course, an online booking facility. You can even find
out what films are going to be showing on your flight.
you'd been wondering what Bob Geldof has been up to since he sold his
production company Planet 24 for a ridiculous amount of money, here's
answer. Deckchair.com is one of the first new project from Sir Bob and
a discount flight website. The design of this site can only be
as minimal; you get a couple of boxes where you type in your departure
destination points and that's about it. However Deckchair does boast
to a big database of fares (over one million) and it pulls up plenty of
relevant search results.
You don't have to wait for tickets to be sent out to you
when you book online at EasyJet. All they do is send you an email with
a confirmation number and
itinerary details and that's all you need. EasyJet is renowned for its
flights and it's sold over a million seats online so far. Buy your
fare online and you save a whopping £1 on the normal price, go
a return and you save £2. Still, it's better than nothing and the
are already cheap.
Discounted flights, car hire, hotels and travel insurance
can all be sorted out from the Ebookers site. Anybody looking for a
cheap flight should take advantage of the Bid & Go service - you
say how much you're willing to pay for a
specific scheduled international flight ticket and if the fare drops to
level you're automatically notified. The same service is available on
break deals. The site will even send out SMS messages to a mobile phone
you of the arrival times of specific flights.
This site is home to over 70,000 late availability holidays,
city breaks and flight-only
deals. You can search by price, departure date, departure destination,
or by length of stay. The holidays come from a wide selection of ABTA
travel agents. Although you can pick the perfect vacation online, you
have to pick up the phone when it comes to making the final booking.
is a brightly coloured, easy to use site with heaps of background
on the popular resorts. You'll also find airport guides, ferry
and exchange rate information.
Many people use Teletext for finding a bargain holiday but
everybody gets frustrated with the endless waiting. The Teletext Web
site looks exactly like the TV
screen pages, but thankfully you control the navigation. The site
deals, package holidays and UK breaks and as you'll know if you've used
on your TV screen, prices are competitive. Additional services include
arrival news, weather reports and the latest travel news.
This site looks a lot like the Expedia pages and like
Expedia you can book flights, reserve hotel rooms, hire a rental car
and sort out your travel insurance. If you're looking for a cheap
flight you can search for the best available fare. A good selection of
hotel chains are also represented on the site if
you need to book a room. What you won't find is package holiday deals
otherwise the Travelstore site is hugely comprehensive.
Microsoft's online travel service lets you book flights,
reserve hotel rooms, hire rental
cars and sort out your package holiday. The Handy Fare Compare feature
definitely worth using if you're a bit flexible on departure dates, it
up the cheapest fares on the most popular routes. The holidays
come from the UK's top 20 travel companies and the selection is huge,
specific sections devoted to skiing holidays and the business
Background information on the resorts comes courtesy of the excellent
may not be much to look at but this site from the Association of
Travel Agents could save you a fortune or help you find the holiday of
dreams. The bulk of the site is given over to a list of ABTA's members,
you can search by company name or, conveniently, by the type of
that it specialises in. So if you see an enticing offer, check here to
make sure that the company belongs to ABTA or, alternatively, to find a
particular type of holiday.
Rather than reproducing its entire brochure online, Airtours
has made the wise decision
of using its website as an extension of its brochures. So, you can find
about all the latest holiday and flight deals on offer - certainly
than scouring the newspapers or wading through 30 pages on Teletext.
can choose up to five brochures to be delivered to your home within 48
and also play a rather surreal little Shockwave game.
Professing to house all you need to know about student and
youth travel, the Campus Travel
site certainly makes a brave stab at doing just that. The most useful
is the chance to browse and book the heavily discounted fares available
those under 26 and in full-time education. There's also a useful
selection of links to those sites that put the adventure into travel,
from snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef to skydiving in the States.
all the big travel agents, Lunn Poly has perhaps the most impressive
online presence. The site has a sunny disposition and contains
extensive details of all the latest holiday offers on cruises, packages
and short breaks. You
can't book online, but the site will help you find your nearest Lunn
travel shop so you can book in person.
you're aiming to 'not just book it, but Thomas Cook it', then take a
at this very well designed site from the holiday behemoth.
the site acts more as an elongated advert than a truly useful site.
are, however, the ubiquitous late holiday bargains and opportunities to
brochures online. If you know which holiday you want the email booking
call back services could save you a lot of time and effort.
one of the most famous travel agents in the country, Thomson has a
predictably professional looking site. Far from concentrating on cheap
and cheerful holidays
to the Costas, the emphasis is on the lavish and upmarket. From skiing
to cruises to all-inclusive packages, if you don't mind shelling out
bound to find something that takes your fancy and selected holidays are
for booking online.
One of the world's biggest independent travel operators,
Trailfinders specialises in tailor-made holidays to exotic locations.
From the Amazonian rainforests to the Pacific Rim, it's sure to be able
to come up with a location and experience
to suit you. This site gives you the opportunity to order all manner of
and videos to help you decide, as well as providing details of how to
and how to prepare for your trip.
the thought of jetting away to fancy sounding exotic locations doesn't
appeal, then how about a coach tour with one of the biggest names in
the business? The mode of transport may be seen as a little old
fashioned but the website is anything but. Well designed and neatly
organised, it features illustrated details of all the holidays
Backpacking around the world on a budget is becoming an
increasingly popular pastime for
people the world over. Whether you're planning an adventure to India to
yourself' or a fun-packed time on the beaches of Australia, you'll find
site invaluable. Intelligently laid out and written in chatty style,
the most useful feature is an exhaustive directory to the world's
You'll also find some useful tips on the art of survival on the road.
you're travelling to a dangerous or unusual area then you'll find this
from the Foreign Office indispensable. If you're a woman travelling to
Middle-East for example you'll need to know which countries will allow
to show your legs. All of this information is included in handy list of
and don'ts from the Consulate of each country. You'll also find urgent
advice on weather warnings, civil unrest, visa requirements and so on.
This site, produced by American author Diane Fairchild, aims
to minimise the likelihood
of you spending your holiday feeling groggy from your flight. Aside
combatting jetlag, the helpful hints also concern eating healthily and
picking up nasty diseases from other passengers when packed into
class. And if you have trouble with your circulation when airborne,
a look at the inflight exercises you can do.
The first few pages of this site extol the virtues of the
travel insurance company
that hosts it. Click through these though and you'll find yourself at
extremely useful travel planner. The global weather guide will ensure
not visiting far-off climes in the middle of a typhoon, while the
health section contains practical and intelligent advice on travelling
There's also a directory of useful names and numbers that could get you
of a tight spot.
may not be flashly presented or fantastically designed but this site
could save you time, money and hassle on your hols. It features 1,000
handy hints submitted by travellers around the world, ranging from the
the frankly ridiculous but they're all entertaining and snappily
written. The tips are arranged into various subsections, making it easy
to dip in and
out before dashing for your flight.
fantastically detailed and informative site, designed to ensure that
have a healthy holiday and have had all the necessary shots. Simply
on the area of the world to which you are travelling and you'll be
with all the requisite information for a healthy trip. Considerations
malaria, disease and drinking water are all covered in some detail. And
this level of detail that makes the site so essential. It'll also tell
what to do if the worst should happen and you fall ill abroad.
extremely well designed and put together site that aims to take the
out of the travel experience. The latest travel news will keep you on
of everything from civil unrest to industrial action by customs staff,
there are a number of invaluable resources you simply won't find
The new Intellitrip service will scour the Web and beyond to find you
best flight deals, while Flight-tracker allows you to keep tabs on all
aircraft in the world, so you won't be left hanging around in the
Produced by the US Center for Disease Control this is a
comprehensive discussion of
all the diseases to watch out for when travelling to far-flung corners
the world. If you're travelling to a sensitive area, you'll want as
information as possible on the dangers you may be facing. So the
up-to-date articles and interactive map of the most troublesome regions
may just save your life.
extremely well designed and put together site that tells the story of
Ancient Kingdom and leads you through the wonderful attractions
South Western England. This is where Camelot & King Arthur emerged
as did Alfred the Great and all future Kings of England. Beautifully
and easy to read. A Must for travellers in the UK.