Accor offers free Wi-Fi across all its UK & Ireland hotels

The service will provide guests at any Accor hotels (including 59 Ibis, 76 Mercure, 32 Novotel and 1 Pullman branded hotel) with access to free, high quality Wi-Fi throughout their stay, with many properties offering fibre optic Wi-Fi to guarantee the best possible service. Guests will be able to access free Wi-Fi in bedrooms, meeting rooms and public areas of their hotel.

TripCase v4.01.0 Release

We’re excited to let you know that the latest v4.01.0 release is now available on iTunes and Google Play. The full release changelog is available below:

  • Bug Fixes – fixed a few nagging bugs, including issues with Follower view and disappearing trips in offline mode.
  • Easier Access To Share Your Trip – you can now share your trip from the drop-down actions menu on the “My Trips” page on desktop. This saves you a few clicks and makes sharing your trip with your colleagues or loved ones even easier.
  • New Destination Card – Based on traveller feedback, you’ll now see a Destination Cardin your trip between some trip items. This card is designed to offer you help in the city you’re in with Tripfeed messagesabout things to do in that city, places to go or special offers.
  • Apple Watch Glance Support – The TripCase Apple Watch travel appnow includes Glance support! To access, simply swipe to the Glances section on your watch and you’ll be able to see information about your next upcoming trip item. Tap the watch to load the full TripCase Apple Watch app to view more details about your trip.

The TripCase mobile app is available for iPhones and Android phones. You can download TripCase for free from iTunes or Google Play.

Driving Licence changes affecting car hire

From 08 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points. This means that from 08 June 2015 neither the photocard driving licence nor the paper licence will provide an accurate account of any driving endorsements you may have. Instead, this information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can be checked online, by phone or post. New penalty points (endorsements) will only be recorded electronically, and will not be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences.  Hiring a vehicle: how to prove your driving record after 08 June 2015 Please check with the hire company what they need to see when you hire a vehicle. If you’re asked for evidence of what vehicles you can drive or confirmation of any penalty points, you can request a unique code from GOV.UK which allows you to share your driving licence details or you can download a summary of your driving licence record. The code lasts for up to 72 hours and will allow the hire companies to make any necessary checks. You can also request a code by calling 0300 083 0013. This also applies if you have a paper licence that was issued before 1998.  To obtain a licence summary please visit:www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence The following will be required:

  • Driving licence number
  • National Insurance Number
  • The postcode on the driving licence

Once on the “View Driving Licence” web page:

  • Click on the “Share Your Licence Information” tab
  • Click on the “Create a Code” button
  • Click the link “to view, print or save your licence information” and print out a copy of your ‘Licence Summary’

Any drivers unable to obtain a passcode should call the DVLA Customer Contact Centre on 0300 083 0013 (Mon – Fri, 9am-5pm). Note: unique codes are case sensitive so it is important to write in upper and lower case letters where relevant. Not all vehicle hire companies will ask for this information. Please check with each individual hire company online.

Emirates Airlines – Lounge Refurbishment

Emirates will be refurbishing and extending their Business and First class lounge at London Heathrow (LHR) Terminal 3. As such the lounge has now been temporarily closed. The works are scheduled to be completed by 02nd October 2015.   This will be an inconvenience to some customers however the airline has arranged full use of the British Airways Business class lounge in Terminal 3 until the new Emirates lounge is completed.

easyJet – Fast Track Security and Second Bag

easyJet – Fast Track Security and Second Bag

  • Time is important to business travellers and that’s why EasyJet have introduced Fast Track Security for easyJet Plus members and passengers travelling on a Flexi Fare at 35 key airports throughout Europe (including Aberdeen, Athens, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Lisbon, Gatwick, Manchester, Milan, Munich and Paris).
  • easyJet Plus members, passengers who book Flexi Fare or Up Front and Extra Legroom seating can now take a second small bag on board. This could be small a laptop bag or handbag with a maximum size of 45 x 36 x 20cm and must be placed under the seat in front.

British Airways – Service Updates

British Airways – Service Updates

  • British Airways direct services to Kuala Lumpur have been restored after a 14 year absence. Flights are daily and depart from Heathrow Terminal 5. Kuala Lumpur is the home hub for oneworld partner, Malaysian Airlines (MH) services. For eligible customers, lounge access to the Malaysian Airlines’ Golden Lounge.
  • Customers can now enjoy a new direct service from Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh to Madrid Iberia Express, under a British Airways codeshare. Iberia’s short to medium haul airline offers customers the full Iberia service with the value for money of a low cost carrier, as well as providing easy connections to Iberia’s extensive network of destinations in Latin America.
  • Please note that BA will now automatically allocate a seat for all customers booking a Hand Baggage Only (HBO) fare, available on short-haul flights, when check-in opens. If customers wish to change their allocated seat they will have to pay to do so via ‘Manage my Booking’ or at time of online check-in. Automatic seat allocation applies to all passengers, including all Executive Club cardholders booking HBO fares. Passengers wishing to select their own seat for free should purchase a baggage inclusive fare instead of an HBO fare. For all baggage inclusive fares seat selection remains free of charge: > from 24 hours before departure for all passengers. > from 7 days before departure for Bronze Exec Club cardholders. > at any time for Silver & Gold Exec Club cardholders.

City Break to Prague

Stay in this boutique hotel in central Prague within walking distance of many of the attractions.

Ametyst Hotel

Prague, Czech Republic

3 nights

Bed & breakfast basis

Depart Gatwick, 3rd July 2015

From: £331.00pp*

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Slovenian Hills

Close to the shores of Lake Bled..

The Hotel Jelovica

Lake Bled, Slovenia

7 nights

Half Board basis

Depart Gatwick, 24th June 2015

From: £644.00pp*

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Turkish Delight

Great shopping in the Bazaar or relaxing by the Marina.

Stay at the Ozturk Apartments

Marmaris, Turkey

11 nights

Self catering basis

Depart Gatwick, 1st July 2015

From: £305.50pp*

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Roam off to Rhodes

A pleasant location

Lisabeth Studios

Faliraki, Rhodes

7 nights

Self catering basis

Depart Gatwick, 20th June 2015

From: £187.00pp*

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