Stress Free Car Hire This Summer
Some of you may not have received our July newsletter, this can be viewed online and you will be able to read our top tips for stress free car hire in full. We have also published a series of articles on this subject which can be viewed on our blog. For all of the latest travel and car hire stories, follow us on Twitter and become a fan of Economy Car Hire on Facebook.
We still have availability for all major locations. If you’re planning a holiday in August or September, we currently have some great prices, so book your car hire now.
Nationwide to Charge Flex Account Holders to Use Debit Cards Abroad
Nationwide has announced that from 1st November 2010 a 2% commission charge will be applied to all debit card transactions throughout Europe. Charges of £1 for each cash withdrawal will also be applied, when using your Nationwide debit card abroad. In March 2010 they announced that there would be charges for using their debit cards anywhere outside Europe.
More information on these changes to the Nationwide Flex Account ...
Families Warned to Take Their Own Child Seats Abroad
Travelling with children can be difficult. Extra luggage such as pushchairs and child seats can make parents feel as if they are packing everything but the kitchen sink! It is therefore tempting to hire a child seat when arranging your holiday car hire. Parents could risk extra anxiety using a child seat that they are unhappy with.
Much has been said recently about the cost of child seats when picking up your car and it’s true that some companies do charge high amounts.
More tips for taking child seats abroad …
Relaxed Holidaymakers More Likely to Fall Victim to Crime
Flight booked, accommodation booked, car booked, currency bought and bag packed. After all the stress of getting organised to go on holiday, it’s no wonder that many of us adopt a completely care free attitude, but this can get us into trouble.
Speeding fines, theft from vehicles when valuables are left on display and falling victim to ‘pick-pocketing’ are just a few of the difficulties we can get ourselves into. The important thing to remember is that although you’re on holiday, there are the same hazards as there are at home and caution is still required.
Here are a few tips to stay safe and protect yourself against crime abroad …
Avoid Hidden Credit and Debit Card Charges Abroad
Recent research carried out by Santander revealed that an estimated £49m is expected to be wasted on unnecessary extra charges this summer with credit and debit cards. Credit cards can offer you extra protection and provide an alternative to carrying large amounts of cash. According to Money Saving Expert’s Martin Lewis, the best credit cards to use abroad are: Post Office Platinum MasterCard, Santander Zero MasterCard, Nationwide BS Gold Visa, Saga Platinum Visa and Halifax Clarity.
Pre-paid credit cards are also a great alternative if you are looking for added security; you can top up the cards with cash and for a small charge, most issuers will replace the card if its funds are lost or stolen.
What to look out for when choosing credit and debit cards to use abroad …
Save time and money by booking with one of our recommended suppliers of Airport Parking or Travel Insurance. Follow the links below to get a quote and buy online...
* Prices quoted in this email are based on a 7 day rental airport collection with a 5% online discount and are subject to change.
† Exchange rate based on Marks and Spencer currency exchange rates obtained on 12/08/2010.