The Consumer Council’s Halloween Travel Tips

Following a turbulent year for Northern Ireland travellers, The Consumer Council is helping passengers heading away during the mid-term break to prepare for a smooth, hassle-free journey with its Top Travel Tips.

Richard Williams, Head of Transport at The Consumer Council, said; “So far 2019 has seen airlines and travel companies entering administration, multiple strike actions, route changes or cancellations, and luggage restriction enforcements. Our Top Travel Tips will help you prepare in advance if you are travelling during Halloween break.”

Top Travel Tips:

  • Know your rights in case something goes wrong. Pack a copy of our Plane Facts guide.
  • Leave plenty of time for unforeseen delays, such as a long queue at security.
  • Pre-book airport car parking if travelling by car as it may cost less.
  • Pre-book hold baggage to avoid additional fees at check-in.
  • Check-in online in advance of travel to avoid additional charges.
  • Know any hand luggage allowances and restrictions. These vary between airlines and are becoming more strictly enforced.
  • Pre-book special assistance 48 hours in advance if you have a disability or reduced mobility, to ensure the assistance is available without delay.
  • Ensure your travel insurance meets your needs. Pay attention that it fully covers you if you are flying/sailing from the Republic of Ireland. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may not be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • Shop around for your travel money, to ensure you get the best exchange rate.
  • Ensure you have a Green Card if driving in the EU. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, you will need this to prove you have motor insurance when driving in the EU, including the Republic of Ireland. This is required for each vehicle including trailers.

Richard added, “If you are travelling to or from the EU from 31 October 2019, our ‘Consumer Guide to EU Exit Related Issues’ covers travel documents, driving abroad, travelling with pets, travel protection, and more. You can request it, along with our ‘Plane Facts’ and ‘Plain Sailing’ guides, by contacting The Consumer Council on 0800 121 6022, or visiting our website www.consumercouncil.org.uk.”

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