Hit by passport application delays? Your travel and compensation rights explained
With record numbers lodging passport applications after putting off renewals during the pandemic, delays at the Passport Office are threatening to derail holidays for many. We round up your travel and compensation rights.
17 May 2022
Coronavirus travel rights
We've the latest on the testing and self-isolation rules for travellers visiting popular destinations abroad, plus full refund and insurance rights for overseas and UK travel.
17 May 2022
Easyjet or Ryanair passenger? You can claim a refund and £100s in compensation if you're wrongly told your passport isn't valid
Some EasyJet and Ryanair passengers have wrongly been told at the departure gate that they can't board flights because their passports are invalid. If you've been incorrectly turned away but your passport is fit for travel, here's how to get a full refund and £100s in compensation on top. Plus, we confirm the passport rules for European travel.
13 May 2022
Martin Lewis: Flight cancelled in the last few weeks? You're likely due £100s in compensation on top of a refund or new flight
MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis is alerting customers of British Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair and others who’ve recently had, or will face, cancellations that they may be entitled to claim £100s per person in compensation on top of refunds and a new flight.
12 May 2022
Tech error leaves train users unable to buy or renew railcards - here's what you need to know
Some train passengers have struggled to buy or renew railcards directly on the Railcard website for weeks. Railcard said it is working to resolve the technical issue, but here's what to try in the meantime.
10 May 2022
WARNING: British Airways customers should ignore emails related to a fixed rate investment - it's a scam
A number of British Airways customers have emailed MoneySavingExpert.com after receiving bogus emails advertising a new sustainability investment offered by the airline and managed by investment bank Credit Suisse. But you should ignore the email as it's a scam - here's all you need to know.
6 May 2022
Sky Mobile customer? You'll be charged to roam in Europe from today
Sky Mobile's two million customers will be charged a £2 a day fee if they use their phone to 'roam' - make calls, send texts and access data outside of a free WiFi network - in Europe from today (3 May).
3 May 2022
Got a credit note from a Covid-19 cancelled package holiday? Use it by 30 September or you lose valuable extra protection
Package holidaymakers with unused credit notes for Covid-19 cancelled trips should ensure they either redeem them or cash them in before 30 September 2022. Failure to do so means you may not get your money back if the holiday firm that issued them goes bust after this deadline.
26 April 2022
Government launches half-price 'rail sale' – how it works and how to get cheaper fares
The 'rail sale' will offer travellers around 50% off more than one million train tickets on journeys across England, Wales and parts of Scotland.
21 April 2022
Flybe takes to the skies again - here's how the airline stacks up in terms of price and rewards
Flybe has begun flying again under new ownership. The regional airline relaunched this month after collapsing in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic. It will now operate the majority of its flights from Birmingham and Belfast, as well as offering selected routes from London Heathrow.
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£17 million of unspent Tesco Clubcard vouchers will expire this month, but there’s a trick to extend them – here’s how20 May 2022Some £17 million worth of unused Tesco Clubcard vouchers are set to expire at the end of the month. Use your vouchers now if you can but if not, there is a trick to extend them online. We explain how it works below.
Millions of 4G smartphone owners may be due up to £30 payout after claims handset prices were inflated20 May 2022Around 29 million 4G Apple and Samsung smartphone owners in the UK could be entitled to a payout of up to £30 if a collective action case by Which? is successful - although there are no guarantees. It comes after the consumer group claimed inflated manufacturing costs were passed onto consumers
19 May 2022Boots and Co-op are the latest retailers to increase the price of their meal deals. Boots has upped costs from £3.39 to £3.59, and from £3.99 to £4.19 in its London shops, while Co-op's meal deal has jumped from £3.50 to £3.75.
Financial regulator to punish banks and building societies that don't protect people's access to cash19 May 2022Under the new 'Financial Services and Markets Bill' banks and building societies will have to ensure cash withdrawal and deposit facilities are available to customers in communities across the UK.
Two MoneySavers reclaim £1,000+: How to check and challenge incorrect water bills if you use a soakaway or septic tank19 May 2022Two MoneySavingExpert.com users have secured refunds and compensation worth thousands - and reduced their waste water bills - after arguing their bills should have been lower as their homes aren't connected to public sewers. Here's how others in England and Wales can maybe do the same.
6 May 2022I set up MoneySavingExpert.com nearly 20 years ago – when arguably the modern web was still in its infancy. With an abundance of self-belief (something I had too much of then, as I realise now) I decided not to read any books, or follow prevailing wisdom on how a site should operate – and just do it my way.
3 May 2022Press the rewind button and go way back to April 2015... Possibly on the telly in the corner of your living room, I was on-air at the time urging savers as usual to use their new tax-free cash ISA allowance – because 'money was nicer in an ISA'. But things changed in 2016.
26 April 2022It's hard to believe the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) charity is now six years old. As the chair of trustees, each year I write the foreword to its annual report – and today the 2021/22 report is out, so I thought I'd blog my formal chair's foreword here.
Martin Lewis: What happened to my pledge to give £10m to charity – 2022 update (spoiler: it's now £20m)11 April 2022Nearly a decade ago, in June 2012, MSE joined the MSM Group and I pledged £10m to go to charity. As that was a public pledge and I feel I've a duty of transparency, every year or two I bash out a blog report to explain where I'm up to, and who's got what money.
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