In Brief, a roundup of the latest national and international travel news

APD Refunds

Air passenger duty exemption for those under sixteen travelling in economy comes into effect on March 1st, many families may have already paid this up front, some airlines and tour operators say they will refund customers automatically, these include Thomson Airways, Monarch, Thomas Cook and First Choice, others are not being so helpful and are expecting customers to apply for a refund online or via their service centres, it is worth claiming as on long-haul flights it could be as much as £71.00 per child.



Car- Hire, no more hidden costs

The Competition and Markets Authority has convinced five leading car-hire companies Avis Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt to be more open with their pricing by implementing an airline style approach that doesn’t hide the hidden costs involved. Good news for customers as the hidden extras has been the source of the majority of customer complaints.


Paris in the Spring

Often cited as the most romantic city in the world, especially in Spring, Parisian hoteliers are suffering the consequences of the awful attacks in November, hotels are drastically reducing their rates, with some discounts as high as 70%. On both Trivago and the reductions are evident.




Best Friends?

The latest thaw in relations between Cuba and America will see an increase of up to 110 scheduled flights between the countries.