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Holiday and Travel Insurance Advice

Posted on Saturday, January 7, 2012

  In this money feature, Karl Walkinshaw of the Money Advice Service talks in more depth about the importance of travel insurance for you, your family and your possessions. He also offers some sound advice on what to look out for when buying travel insurance.   Things to consider when taking out travel or holiday insurance: > Individual or family cover > Period of insurance cover (single trip or annual cover?) > Winter sports cover > Baggage cover > Where will you be travelling to? Europe/Worldwide?   You should also: > Declare any pre-existing medical conditions > Check the excess charges > Shop around and make sure that you are not already covered through your employer, credit card or other policies > Make sure you understand and have fully checked the policy before you buy, and don't be afraid...

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Looking out for hidden costs – The Money Advice Service

Posted on Sunday, December 18, 2011

“Looking out for hidden costs” is another in the series of money features with the Money Advice Service. In this film Karl Walkinshaw talks about “hidden costs” when booking your holiday online. Specifically, he covers booking flights where the advertised price may not necessarily be the eventual amount that you are charged, as you may have to pay additional fees such as airport tax, baggage, EU 261 levy, in-flight meal, online check-in fee, seat allocation amongst other costs. You should also be aware that many airlines charge an additional fee for the use of debit and/or credit card fees. Especially if oyu are booking in a different currency. There are other things to consider and to watch out for here as some budget airlines may charge large amounts for not printing out or losing your online ticket, or...

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Protecting Your Holiday – The Money Advice Service

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011

  “Protecting Your Holiday” is another in the series of money features from with the Money Advice Service. In this film Karl Walkinshaw talks about protecting yourself against problems when booking or actually on your holiday. Karl covers and explains the importance of checking that the website that you are buying from is genuine and if buying a package holiday, that the agent is ATOL registered. This will of course help you if something goes wrong with your holiday, i.e. if your flight operator goes out of business, you'll be offered an alternative flight or if your accommodation is not up to standard, then you have someone to to turn to. And as you will not be able to book through an ATOL registered agent if you are booking separately, Karl also talks about the importance of insuring...

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Introduction to the Money Advice Service

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 are very pleased to have teamed up with “The Money Advice Service” to bring you this short series of very informative films to help you manage and save money in all aspects of your holiday. This short film is an introduction by Karl Walkinshaw, Regional Manager for The Money Advice Service. The Money Advice Service is an independent organisation and was set up by the government to advise on a whole range of financial matters and to help us all save money. Their advice is free and unbiased and you can talk to them by phone, Typetalk, email or by post. You can even book a face-to-face session. For The Money Advice Service's full contact details, click here. would like to offer our special thanks to Karl, Nancy and the team at Money Advice Service for their...

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