Travel briefs this week

Keep an eye out for bargain flights to Singapore.

Singapore Airlines has announced it will add more than 4700 seats a week between Singapore and Australia next year.

While there is no doubt the airline will eventually soak up all that supply, in the meantime there might be some specials to be had while the new flights gain traction.

The airline says the new availability is in response to increased post-pandemic demand, especially as it is a stopover for key European markets.

Travel Warning 

The government travel advisory website Smartraveller has issued a warning for tourists travelling to India.

The site urges all travellers to exercise a high degree of caution in India overall due to the threat of terrorism, civil unrest and crime, but has singled out Manipur in the north-east for particular caution.

Following violent demonstrations security agencies have increased their presence in the region and curfews and travel restrictions are in place.

Mobile internet services have been suspended and further restrictions may be imposed if the situation deteriorates.

Smartraveller advises to avoid demonstrations and large public gatherings, take official warnings seriously and monitor local media for updates.

The rioting is being blamed on ethnic conflict in the area.

Boardering on the ridiculous

Ryanair is famous for being the cheapskate of the skies, but they might have outdone themselves this time.

There are reports the airline charged an elderly couple the equivalent of A$200 for downloading the wrong boarding passes.

The couple told BBC radio they printed out their return flight passes instead of the outgoing passes and were slugged 55 pounds each to have it corrected at the airport.

Ryanair was typically uncaring about the incident.

“All passengers travelling with Ryanair agree to check-in online before arriving at their departure airport and all passengers are sent an email/SMS, reminding them to do so 24 hours before departure,” a statement read.

“We regret that these passengers ignored their email reminder and failed to check-in online.”

In all probability Ryanair does not give one actual toss about this, which would surprise absolutely no-one.

Stay safe, read the fine print

An Adelaide man’s family must come up with almost $400,000 in medical bills after he was denied insurance following a motorbike accident in Indonesia.

Blake Gibbs was thrown into a cement wall after falling off a motorbike and suffered traumatic brain and skull injuries.

After being flown to Bali’s International Medical Centre, his family found his insurers would not cover the cost.

Blake did not take up a $7 clause for scooter or motorbike coverage, which was detailed in the fine print of his policy.

Do you read the fine print of your travel policy? Have you taken up added extras? Why not share your experience in the comments section below?

Also read: Why you should do Vanuatu

Jan Fisher
Jan Fisher
Accomplished journalist, feature writer and sub-editor with impressive knowledge of the retirement landscape, including retirement income, issues that affect Australians planning and living in retirement, and answering YLC members' Age Pension and Centrelink questions. She has also developed a passion for travel and lifestyle writing and is fast becoming a supermarket savings 'guru'.
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