UK-New Zealand and Australia business class offer
If you are planning a trip to Australia or New Zealand and not sure what you should be paying this article about target prices for business class may be of use.
Generally, I would be looking for £2200-2500 from the UK as the lowest you are likely to get and £1900 upwards from Europe. There are some good Qatar deals from around £2000 ex EU which you can read about here. If you would rather go from the UK then there are some reasonable value deals on an airline you may not know a huge amount about – China Airlines. At the time of writing, there were even some seats available over Christmas!
China Airlines are not to be confused with Air China. China Airlines is actually a Taiwanese carrier with a good business class product. Skytrax rate them as a 4* airline – the same as BA! They are a member of Skyteam which gives some useful schemes to credit into. If you are a fan of Virgin you could credit to Delta to use on Virgin or risk Air France/KLM who are due to allow redemptions on Virgin once the merger is complete.
The fares from London to:
- Sydney £2541
- Melbourne £2529
- Brisbane £2542
- Auckland £2507
If you need to connect onto the London flight, it may be worth looking at Amsterdam instead as prices are around £200 cheaper from there for Sydney.
The rules are:
- Book by: 22 May 2020!
- Travel: Permitted 19 Aug 19 – 9 Dec 19 or 24 Dec 19 – 31 Mar 20 or 14 Apr 20 – 8 Jul 20 or 19 Aug 20 – 9 Dec 20 or 24 Dec 20 – 31 Dec 20 departure from fare origin.
- Minimum stay: n/a
- Maximum stay: 12 months
- Stopovers: Unlimited stopovers permitted – limited to 1 free and unlimited at GBP 55.00 each
- Refundable: For a fee
- Changeable: For £85
EU ruling on compensation for delayed flights
EU261 is the law that means if you are delayed or your flight is cancelled, you should get compensation from the airline providing that the circumstances were within their control. Previously this ruling had only applied to flights originating in the EU on any airline or flying to the EU operated by an EU airline.
This month the European Union has extended its laws protecting air passengers on delayed or cancelled flights to include connecting flights that are not operated by an EU carrier. The non-EU flight must be part of an itinerary that includes a flight departing from a European country.
If you are on disrupted flights that have connections outside of the EU, you are still entitled to the usual compensation for delays over 3 hours. This should be paid by the airline that performed the first flight, even if the connecting flight is on a non-EU airline.
If you ever need advice on EU261, I highly recommend the CAA’s website here.
Vodafone unlimited for roaming
If you missed out on Paul’s article about which mobile network is best for frequent travellers, then you may wish to have a read of the article here. Paul rated Vodafone as his top choice and I am considering moving over to it as well. One of the topics he talked about, Vodafone Unlimited, is now available.
On Wednesday 10th July Vodafone introduced new unlimited data SIM plans. This has meant with no limits you now never have to worry about your data allowance.
The Unlimited SIM plans that are available are:
Unlimited Lite- £23 per month
-Browsing and social media
-Online messaging and emailing
-High-quality music streaming
Maximum download speed 2mbps
Unlimited- £26 per month
-Streaming HD quality TV and movies
-Share photos and make video calls
-Downloading and updating apps
Maximum download speed 10mbps
Unlimited Max- £30 per month
-Streaming live TV and sport in UHD
-Share photos and videos instantly
-Multiplayer gaming on-the-go
-Hotspotting with confidence
Maximum download speed: Fastest available
All Unlimited plans are 5G ready.
If you don’t need unlimited data, all plans apart from basic come with roaming – free in the EU and £6 a day elsewhere with the same amount of data as at home. On the Unlimited Max you get inclusive roaming outside the EU in a number of destinations. You can find more details about these and all Vodafone’s plans here.