How to get a free flight upgrade to business class

We all love to travel in style but who has the money for first class? There are some tricks of the trade to help you get bumped up to first class for free. We’ve done some digging and uncovered 10 things to try on your next trip. Some are a little tongue and cheek!

  1. Travel at quiet times when business users are less likely to fly. Bank holidays and Friday’s are a good example.
  2. Join the airline loyalty programme. They always dish out rewards to members first so make sure you are on the list.
  3. Be early for your flight. Very early if you want to get upgraded to first class. We’re talking 6 hours early. Upgrade spaces are usually scarce. If you’re the first to arrive you might be lucky enough to bag an upgrade!
  4. Being late can also work well but it’s a big gamble. You might miss your flight for one! Chances are it might be overbooked and they have to seat you in first class.
  5. Airlines sometimes send emails offering cheap upgrades on the day of departure so keep an eye out!
  6. Be nice. Being kind can pay off. Smile at the check in attendant and the stewardess. Bat those eyelashes. A lot of people passing them will be stressed from waiting so they’ll be glad of a friendly face.
  7. Dress to impress. If you look the part they will be more inclined to put you in business class.
  8. Tell them it’s your anniversary, birthday, engagement other special occasion but DON’T ask for an upgrade. They’ll likely refuse you if you ask outright.
  9. Be charming – compliment the check-in staff and tell them how fantastic their tan looks.
  10. If you notice the check-in person or stewardess is from your home country, or a country you know well, converse in that language. This particular one worked for us on a flight going to the US.

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How to save money on business travel

There are tonnes of ways to save on your business travel, and multiple small savings can help your bottom line. Save money on the flight, hotel, meals and even transport. Today we’ll show you how to save money with business (or leisure) air travel.

Book Your Flight

Start with travel websites such as booking.com, fly.co.uk, budgetair.co.uk, flybe.com and expedia.com to discover cheap flights for your trip. If you are not particular about travel dates and times, do a flexible date airfare search. This will give you a range of hours and dates so you are sure to find something inexpensive that’s suited to your plans.

Sometimes it’s cheaper to book each leg of the trip separately. Try entering your outbound and return journeys alone to see if they are any cheaper.

Take your search for cheap flights even further by going to individual airline websites. Sometimes not all flights are listed on the travel websites so you might find something more suitable. Budget airlines travelling from Britain include easyJet, Ryanair, Monarch, Aer Lingus and now even British Airways are joining the ranks of budget airlines.

When making the booking, keep to the minimum of selections – don’t pick your seats, print your own tickets and make sure you are aware of their luggage requirements. Some airlines won’t allow a laptop bag and a carry-on suitcase, you’ll have to pack your laptop into your main luggage. Make sure you leave spac!

Book Your Airport Transfer

Once you have your flights secured, get straight onto cabmania.com to book your return airport transfer. Booking in advance and booking both trips at once can secure you the best price. Cabbies bid for your journey so you are guaranteed the best price!

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The Best UK Travel Bloggers Right Now!

We got a taste of the summer last week and now we’re itching for more! But where to go? We’ve searched the whole of Twitter for a mix of the best UK Travel Bloggers. Take a look!

Two Monkeys

Kach and Jon founded Two Monkeys Travel Group a couple of years ago and it has grown in size to up to 20 travel bloggers. They are young, in love and very inspiring!

Read about their travels in Asia, Europe, South America and North America. If you love Do-It-Yourself travel tips and life inspirations, you’ll love Two Monkeys! Find them on Twitter @2MonkeysTravel

Heather Cowper

If you are a bit more mature and like the finer things in life, such as good food, art and a little luxury, Heather’s travel blog is for you.

Heather explores Moscow, St Petersburg and the Golden Ring and takes a foodie tour around Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast. Follow Heather on Twitter @Heathercowper

Travel Like A Teen

Think cruises are just for pensioners? Think again! If you have teens you need to check out this teen travel blogger for family friendly holiday ideas. Lewis fills you in on the latest cruise news, and reviews of this trips.

Check out his super 7 on shore excursions for teens and Lewis’s best cruise lines for families. Follow Lewis on Twitter @travellikeateen

Getting to the Airport!

Once you book your trip, make sure to go to cabmania.com to secure the lowest price for your airport transfer. Enter your destination and cabbies bid for your fare, so you are always guaranteed the best price. Great value for families and couples. The earlier you book, the better the price you’ll receive!

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Shave £££ off your weekly spending with our money saving guide

Do you need a holiday in the sun but your bank balance is not looking too healthy? The Cabmania team are here to help! We’ll show you how to save money on everyday purchases so you can set aside some cash for your holiday fund.

Cashback Sites

Join Cashback sites to receive money back when you shop at popular retailers such as Boots, Amazon and M&S. Cashback sites are becoming increasingly popular, leading to more retailers jumping on board. The sites are simple to use and quick to sign up for. You can shop either online or in-store. Once your purchase is confirmed with the retailer, a percentage of the purchase will be refunded to your account.

Our favourite is TopCashback followed by Quidco.

Store Cards

Save money on everyday purchases and even more when you purchase groceries or fuel with a store card such as the Tesco Bank Clubcard credit card. You’ll receive one Clubcard point for every £8 spent on everyday spending and five Clubcard points for every £4 spent in Tesco stores or on Tesco fuel. One point equals 1p worth of vouchers so 500 points will get you £5 to spend. They can be used towards your Tesco grocery shop, or a wide range of Tesco partners such as Pizza Express, Mothercare, House of Fraser and Maplin.

Travel

Make sure that you are claiming money back for any tube or train delays and TFL overcharge refunds if you couldn’t touch out with your Oyster. Save money on train fares with Martin, the Money Saving Expert’s guide to cheap train tickets

Using cabmania.com to book your airport transfer can get you a huge discount when compared to your local cab place. It can even beat the cost of public transport if you are travelling with others. Make sure to check out cabmania.com a week before you travel for the lowest cab fares guaranteed. The earlier you book, the better the price! 

These small changes should help you to save enough money for a holiday in the sun each year. If you like this article please share with your friends. Follow us on social media for the best travel and money-saving tips!

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20 of the Best Travel Hacks

We love helping people to get the best deals and have a stress-free holiday. That’s why we’ve trawled the internet to come up with this list of 20 of the best travel hacks

  1. Score discounted fares on Expedia by pretending you’re in a different location when booking. 
  2. Booking two one-way flights can get you a better deal.
  3. If you find something cheaper right after you book, don’t worry – there is a 24-hour window for a refund on all airlines.
  4. Stop faffing around with liquids and miniature bottles at every trip. Have a ready to go bag of essential travel items set aside for all trips. You’ll just need to top it up at most.
  5. Clear your cookies and search history to get cheaper fares.
  6. Keep an extra set of chargers, plug adapters and other cables, in a ready to go travel bag for all trips.
  7. Pack rolled up socks inside your shoes – extra storage space and also helps keeps their shape.
  8. Ladies, bring a squishy handbag on the flight. Some carriers have size restrictions for handbags and a collapsible bag will get away with a lot.
  9. Baggage restrictions vary by airline and country. Make sure to do your research in advance to avoid extra charges.
  10. Pack the heaviest items in the bottom of your suitcase to keep it balanced.
  11. Some credit cards offer travel perks such as free hire car insurance. Check before you travel.
  12. In-flight Wi-Fi can be very expensive. Subscribe to Boingo Wi-Fi to save money on in-flight Wi-Fi and roaming charges.
  13. Get served faster by requesting a Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Halal or Kosher in-flight meal before you fly. They are often better quality too!
  14. Adjust your sleep and meals in preparation for your trip to reduce jet-lag.
  15. Avoid anything that will dehydrate you such as alcohol, coffee and processed food. Dehydration can make jet lag worse.
  16. A large scarf can double up as a pillow or a blanket in flight. It will also help with any differences in climate before or after the flight.
  17. Essentials for a comfortable long-haul flight; ear plugs, noise-cancelling headphones, blanket, water bottle, books, travel pillow, sleeping mask.
  18. Researching common travel scams can save you some heartache.
  19. Street food is usually the best food!
  20. Save money by booking a return trip airport transfer with cabmania.com. It’s often the same price or cheaper than public transport if you have two or more in your group. Treat yourself to a stress-free trip!

Now that you’re well prepared, all that’s left is to enjoy your trip! For more travel tips and our picks of the best things to do in the UK, subscribe to our blog. What’s your favourite travel hack?

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May Bank Holiday Activities in London

The May bank holiday is fast approaching, and there are a whole host of fabulous things to do in the capital this year. Pack a picnic lunch, lace up some comfortable shoes and don’t forget to bring an umbrella – here are our top picks for May Bank Holiday activities in London.

  • Canalway Cavalcade – The waterways of Little Venice are always lovely, but this May bank holiday they will be more colourful that ever. 130+ boats will be lining the canals around Maida Vale for this annual festival that has taken place since 1983.
  • Nest Collective Campfire Club – If you love folk music, you will love the Nest Collective. They host a series of open-air campfire shoes with live music, storytelling and a woody environment. For their exact location (one in Peckham, one in East London) email them or buy tickets.
  • Brixton Beer and Bread Festival – Now here is one for the bon vivants and gastronomes in the audience! In order to mark the 200th anniversary of the Brixton Windmill, the award winning Brixton Brewery has launched the Beer and Bread Festival. Expect delicious bread, wonderful pints and a lot of happy imbibers. Remember to leave your keys at home and take transit or a taxi home from this event – booking your cab in advance will save you heaps of money.
  • JW3 Sephardi Festival – This 2 day festival held in Frognal is a celebration of Spanish, Portuguese and Northern African Jewish culture, and features food, film, music and history talks at the “first Jewish Community Centre and arts venue of its kind to exist in London.” Come with an empty stomach!
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Exploring the breweries on London’s “Beer Mile”

Each month, thousands of thirsty tourists and locals alike are heading to Bermondsey (or ‘Beermondsey’). This region of Southeast London is gaining international repute for its numerous breweries, and countless drinkers are heading to the “Beer Mile” each Saturday in order to taste local beers, eat food from local food trucks and mingle with other craft beer devotees.

Want to explore the “Beer Mile”? Ensure that you have your transportation sorted well in advance to avoid drink driving and/or waiting a long time for your cab. Book your cab in advance with CabMania and never be left standing around again!

Start your tour at Bermondsey station, and walk half a mile to your first stop at the Bottle Shop.

  1. Bottle Shop –The Bottle Shop stocks one of the best selections in the UK, and often hosts tap takeovers by unique brewers from around Europe.
  2. Anspach and Hobday – Known for their modern spin on traditional British beer, Anspach and Hobday will renew your faith in proper English flavours and brewing techniques.
  3. Partizan– Creative beer and even more creative label art,Partizan will knock your socks off.
  4. Brew By Numbers – Want to try some delicious fruity saisons, a solid IPA and always inventive seasonal brews? Brew By Numbers is always a lot of fun.
  5. Fourpure – Undoubtedly the most swish of the Bermondsey brewers, Fourpure has a large scale, professional bottling (and canning) enterprise underway. Look out for their fresh and taste pale ales at your local M&S, or visit their brewery as the grand finale of your tour!

 

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The Staycation – How to have a great holiday at home

With two bank holiday weekends approaching, you might be preparing for a trip somewhere warm or a city break to the continent – but in order to have a great holiday you don’t even have to leave your town. Taking a few days off and exploring your own city can be just as relaxing and pleasant as heading out of town.

Read these tips in order to plan a brilliant ‘staycation’ this May!

  • Book a hotel or an inn – If you have enough extra cash to book a hotel, bed & breakfast or inn in an interesting local area, definitely do so! Staying in a hotel can make your city or town feel fresh and exciting, and it can provide a special treat without the extra cost of train tickets or air travel.
  • Take your camera – Snapping photos always makes a holiday feel more special, and so you should make sure you bring your camera on your local adventure.

Top of the day with a date – To conclude the evenings of your staycation, make sure you put on your best togs and head out to dinner, theatre, a gallery opening or some other event that is outside the bounds of your normal routine. Remember to book taxis,restaurant reservations and tickets in advance in order to save money and avoid long waits.

 

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May Bank Holiday Suggestions

If you are like most Britons, you are probably looking for a May bank holiday getaway that is affordable, UK-based and full of rest and relaxation. Here are some great ideas that will have you living the high life come May long weekend!

Sidmouth – Looking for a beach holiday this Spring? The quaint seaside town of Sidmouth is perfect for couples, families and holiday makers alike. Filled with shops, cafes and timeless pubs, this coastal town will enliven your May break and fill you with promise for the summer ahead.

Cardiff – If you are craving a tranquil break at a world class facility, look no further than the St. David’s Spa and Hotel in lovely Cardiff. As the only AA rated 5 star luxury hotel in Cardiff, people flock from all over the UK to experience relaxing spa treatments, deluxe service and beatific coastal views at this fine hotel.

Chester – Historic Chester is simply exploding with things to do; you can explore over 2000 years of history in the walled centre, all while shopping, dining and relaxing to your heart’s content. Don’t overlook this Northern beauty – Chester is the perfect place for a May break.

Cheddar – You don’t have to love cheese to love Cheddar – although it certainly doesn’t hurt! Thousands of tourists each year flock to this Somerset town in order to take in the local scenery, enjoy the pubs and experience a simple, provincial way of life. Don’t miss the stunning limestone gorges and caves, and cheese making demonstrations at the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company.

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Top Disney Tips for UK Travellers

If you are a UK resident planning a summer trip to Disneyland Paris (or even to one of the other four parks across Asia and America), check out these top tips that will help to make your trip even more fun, exciting and stress free!

  • Bring a bag of snacks – The Disney parks allow guests to bring sundries, water, snacks and supplies into their properties –take advantage of this in order to save money on food and drinks.
  • Take a change of clothing –Even if the weather seems stable, things can change quickly, and it really does cool down after dark. You should bring layers, dry socks (in case of rain or water based rides), and any other supplies your family requires.
  • Book in advance – Your hotel, your passes, your transport and even your taxi rides to the airport in the UK should all be booked in advance – failure to do so can cost you money, cause delays and result in disappointment. Things book up far in advance, so start planning as soon as possible.
  • Travel midweekand off season– Travelling midweek is a great idea, as you will avoid the major queues associated with weekend crowds. If you can take your kids out of school, that is the best idea, as summer holidays, half term and other holidays can all make the parks packed.

 

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