How to travel in luxury without breaking the bank and more news from this week

Jan 22, 2022

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Each Saturday, we round up the top miles, points and travel news that you might have missed on TPG U.K. this week. Here’s what you need to know:

Luxury travel agent reveals 7 tips for travelling in style without breaking the bank

Here, Tom Marchant, co-founder of bespoke luxury travel agency Black Tomato, shares seven of his tried-and-true tips for travelling the world without it costing the Earth.

How to Save Big by Starting Your Journey From Mainland Europe

If you are located in the UK but want cheaper fares, particularly for premium class seats, consider booking a flight from continental Europe rather than the UK, where it may be significantly cheaper. We call this an ‘ex-EU fare’ and it can save you a lot of money.

London-bound flight returns to Miami after First Class passenger refuses to wear mask

A Heathrow-bound Boeing 777 carrying 129 passengers and 14 crew members returned to Miami International Airport (MIA) this Wednesday after only an hour of flight time when a first-class passenger became disruptive over a refusal to wear a mask.

13 tips for travelling Europe on a budget

From making sure to use the right credit card, picking an affordable destination and checking your mobile phone plan before travelling abroad to avoid overspending.

Airfares could get a lot more expensive in 2022, warns Virgin Atlantic CEO

According to Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss, the price of flights will increase as the airline industry deals with rising costs, supply chain shortages and the price of being more eco-friendly.

Travelling to Thailand is about to get easier again

Thailand has announced plans to restart its Test & Go programme with some minor revisions to the previous rules from 1 February following a month of mandatory quarantine rules for travellers.

Seven Wonders: How to visit The Taj Mahal, India using miles & points

If the incredible marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal in India is on your travel bucket-list, here’s how to do The Taj Mahal on miles and points.

What are ‘ghost flights’ and why are they causing so much uproar right now?

“Ghost flights” are planes chartered to fly around the world – or sometimes just around an airport – simply so airlines can hang on to takeoff and landing slots.

How Emirates filmed their incredible Burj Khalifa flypast stunt

The star of the ad is British skydiver and stuntwoman Nicole Smith-Ludvik, who climbed the iconic tower before sunrise to get to the top in time for the dawn light on 14 October last year.

Where you should stay at all 30 Marriott brands

With more than 6,500 hotels, there’s no shortage of incredible destinations to choose from if you’re looking to visit a Marriott property. But if the dizzying array of options makes your head spin, here are our top picks.

Plan B restrictions to end in England next week, Boris Johnson announces

Currently, travellers are required to take a lateral flow test, at their own cost, two days after they return to the U.K. to ensure they’re COVID-19-free.

6 ways to get a deal on a cruise

Some cruises cost thousands of dollars per person, but if you’re on a budget, TPG has six ways you can save some money on your next sailing.

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