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Collect Avios with Avis, A Free Additional Driver & More Benefits As Aer Lingus Partners With Avis

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Collect Avios with Avis, enjoy a free additional driver and lots more benefits for AerClub members.

 

I am delighted to hear of Aer Lingus’ new partnership and that I can collect Avios with Avis, a trusted and award winning brand in the car rental industry. In fact they are the proud winners of the ‘World’s Leading Car Rental Company’ for seven successive years at the World Travel Awards! 

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Renting a car in a foreign country can be a daunting experience and it is vital that you book with a reputable company. With additional driver and mileage costs, insurance and excess fees, not to mention extras like car seats or sat-navs, you really need to be on your toes when renting a car. Booking through Avis gives you peace of mind that you are dealing with a trusted car rental company. You can book directly through cars.AerLingus.com or use their dedicated reservation line. They also offer flexibility on payment, you can pay when you make the reservation, or when you collect your car.

Avis operate in over 5,000 locations in 165 countries across the globe. Budget car rental is also bookable directly with cars.AerLingus.com so between both brands you will find a wide variety of cars available for business or leisure purposes.

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Extra benefits for AerClub members:

As well as a generous Avios reward there are many other benefits for AerClub members.

  • Collect 3 Avios per €1 spent on Avis car rental, with minimum 500 Avios for 1-2 day rentals and minimum 700 Avios for 3+ day rentals.
  • Free additional driver on every rental for AerClub members.
  • Join Avis Preferred and collect 1,000 Bonus Avios on your first Preferred rental.
  • Rent with Avis 4 times in a calendar year and collect 1,000 Bonus Avios

TOP TIP: Avis Preferred is free to join so my advice is join straight away. If you rent a car twice in one year you will receive a money-off voucher plus a vehicle upgrade voucher. Rent three times in one year and you will get a weekend’s free car rental in Europe!  See more here.

How to collect Avios with Avis:

This couldn’t be easier as you can book directly via cars.aerlingus.com.

  • Visit cars.aerlingus.com, select your AerClub tier and choose your pick up destination and dates
  • Select your vehicle and any optional extras
  • Enter your AerClub membership number when completing your transaction.

Avios will be awarded to your AerClub account within 8 weeks of your completed rental.

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You can spend Your Avios on car hire too:

Did you know there are many ways to spend Avios and car rental is just one of them. Not only can you use your Avios as payment but if you have not accumulated the full amount required, you can redeem as little as 1000 Avios as part payment. See more here.

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Still not joined AerClub?

If by any chance you have not joined AerClub yet – now is your chance!  It is so easy to join, simply click here. By joining AerClub you will enjoy the benefits of being part of a global network of partners where you can collect Avios and turn them into reward flights, car hire and travel experiences. See the many ways to collect Avios here.
 

 

Travel Tips

The Ultimate Moving Abroad Checklist

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Whether you are taking a year out to travel or moving abroad permanently, check out the ultimate moving abroad checklist.

 

You have probably seen many articles with similar titles online, if you are preparing to move abroad, both USA & International publications try to help the world traveller. The fact is, leaving your homeland for a new country is a big deal. It is probably the biggest thing you have ever done or ever will do.

It’s not just that the country is different and the language is different. The entire culture is different. Most of us do not know what that really means. We grow up in one tiny little part of the planet and think we are the world. We do not know that some of the things we do are insulting and forbidden in other areas. For example, in some countries, it is considered rude to place money in a person’s hand while making a purchase. The money is to be placed on the counter or in a dish, and your change is returned the same way. Such a small thing to you is insulting to them. These are the kinds of things you will have to learn where you are moving.

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Tip 1 – There is an app for that

There are many free apps that will help you avoid faux pas in your new country. Most were put out for business people who cannot afford costly mistakes. Check your app store for options. Two of our favourites are, CultureGPS and World Customs and Cultures. Study these well. Small mistakes in a culture far from your own, can have huge consequences.

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Tip 2 – Your first priority is to find a doctor, dentist, and lawyer that speak your language!

You may think you speak the language pretty well. Maybe you took it in high-school and passed with a B+. Maybe every student in the room wished they could speak the language as well as you do. Unless you have family who is actually from that country and they have taught you to speak the language, you do not speak the language as well as you think. You do not want to find this out at a doctor, dentist, or police station. So find someone who knows what you are saying and can help you before any surgery is scheduled.

Tip 3 – Register with your Embassy

If anything happens while you are in a country that you are not a citizen of, your embassy is who can get you the help you need and get you out of the situation or country. Of course, we are assuming that you are a good and law-abiding person. But bad things can happen to good people too!

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Tip 4 – The standard stuff

    • You need to take at least two copies of your passport. Have one locked in the hotel safe or a safe place in your new home. If you are robbed you at least can get back out of the country. Also leave a copy of your passport, medical insurance cards, and a copy of your paperwork showing why you went to the country and when you planned to return with someone who loves you. Note: it wouldn’t hurt to leave a couple of hundred dollars on a prepaid credit card in case you are not sure how much they love you!
    • Know the money exchange rate and do not carry cash in excess. Check with your bank to see if they have a bank in that country and if your ATM cards work there. If not, find a bank and open another account with them.
    • Before you go, make sure you have adequate medical insurance that will work in the country you are going to. Take a copy of your medical prescriptions with you and the prescriptions in the labeled bottles.
    • If you plan on going to certain events, purchase your tickets before you go and while you understand what you are buying.

 

This guest post was written by The Blog Frog.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

Travel Tips

Top Tips To Find A Last Minute Deal To The Sun

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Trying to find a cheap week away and wonder where you are going wrong? Check out my top tips to find a last minute deal to the sun and wave goodbye to expensive holidays!

 

1. Be flexible on your dates

This is probably the most deciding factor. Do not expect to get a week in Marbella’s top hotel in August for half price, just because you booked it last minute. You need to be flexible on where and when you go. If you don’t have kids and don’t have to go during July or August – don’t!

Choose the middle two weeks of a month or the last week of one month and the first of another. People tend to book annual leave in blocks, i.e the first two weeks of July or the last two weeks of July. Travelling during midweek can also be less expensive than weekends, and the airports are less crowded!

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2. Choose typical times when deals are available

There are times in the year when last minute deals are more readily available so if you have plenty of annual leave, are retired or simply a good planner, these would be my suggestions for optimum times to get the best deals. During the summer season, most sun destinations are reduced in May, June and late September. The last week of August can also be a good time to take a two week holiday. In fact sometimes two weeks are cheaper than one at this time.

During the winter time holidays from late November until Christmas time are always very reasonable and holidays also tend to reduce in price in April after Easter holidays.  

 

 

 

3. Be flexible on your destination

Spain, Portugal and the Balearic islands are popular with families so if you want to travel during the peak summer months, look at alternative destinations. The Canary Islands, Greece and Turkey will offer better value at that time, as will city break destinations. If you are looking to get away in September, Greece, Croatia and Italy are very popular with couples. You will find Spain and Portugal better value at that time of year, as children are in school.

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4. Fly out with one airline and back with another

In many cases Ryanair and Aer Lingus fly to the same destinations. You will find that sometimes it is cheaper to fly out with one airline and home with the other. Not only might this save you money, but the flight times might suit you better too.

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5. Use comparison hotel sites.

Trivago and Tripadvisor will offer you prices for hotels or apartments across many different websites. You will be surprised at the price differences for the same property, between one hotel website over another.

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6. Use Ryanair’s fare finder and Aer Lingus ‘anywhere’ search

These are really useful tools if you are just looking for a break away and don’t care where you go. You can select specific dates or a particular month and narrow the search to beach, city break, nightlife, family etc. You will see a list of the cheapest prices for the time you wish to travel. Aer Lingus’ search is clear on the home page but Ryanair’s is not as easy to find, so click here. Skyscanner’s everywhere search is also great, particularly if looking to go somewhere further afield.

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7. Compare like with like

Remember many package holidays include transfers and checked baggage. This can save you a lot of money over all, particularly if your accommodation is a long distance from the airport. All inclusive holidays may appear more expensive but when you consider all your food and drink is included, it might be worth paying the extra money before you travel. If you see a cheap holiday online, ask yourself what is included and compare the price with a package holiday to the same destination.

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8. Think longhaul

Sometimes longhaul holidays can be better value than short haul, particularly in the summer months when families are looking for short flights. A week in a luxury hotel in Thailand for instance might cost less than a similar hotel in Spain. And when you factor in the low cost of living, you may find overall there will be a significant saving. Tropical Sky have deals to Asia and the Caribbean from €999. With the introduction of direct flights to Jamaica and Mexico this year, there is incredible value for package deals with prices from €1199 for two weeks staying in a luxury hotel on an all inclusive basis.

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9. Use a Travel Agent

Travel agents are constantly checking travel deals. That is what they do, day in day out. Chances are they will know instantly what the best value is for a particular time of year. Call your local travel agent or check out the top deals by travel agents on the ITAA’s ( Irish Travel Agents Association) website. They will save you time and money searching various websites.

Top tips to find a last minute deal to the sun

Top tips to find a last minute deal to the sun

 

 

 

10. Read Reviews

And finally remember a deal is not a deal if you have a terrible holiday! If you are not booking with a travel agent, make sure you check hotel reviews on TripAdvisor and check transfer times etc. If travelling further afield make sure your cheap flight to Thailand doesn’t take you three days to get there!

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I hope you found this post helpful and you find a last minute deal to the sun. Where ever you go – enjoy!

 

Sarah

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