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No free meals for British Airways economy class

If you're looking forward to a complimentary meal on a short haul economy British Airways flight... firstly, that's very specific, and secondly, you can't have one. BA's economy passengers on short-haul journeys are going to have to pay for their meals, which are sandwiches supplied by Marks & Spencer. Any flight less than 5 hours…

Monarch say they're not in trouble

When someone announces that they're not in trouble, chances are there's at least some trouble afoot. Monarch Airlines are responding to the "negative speculation" that they're in financial bother, and insist that they are in fact "trading well". The budget airline issued a statement in response to speculation, and said that the market is indeed…

Free first class upgrade with British Airways

Ever fancied flying first class, but don't really want to stump up the money for it? Well, if you fly with British Airways, that could be happening for you. If you travel with Club World, you can get a free upgrade one-way with the airline. There's criteria that needs to be fulfilled, of course. There…

Tinder for trains, which is what you've always wanted

Are you ready for a chilling combination of words? Course you are. If you're reading Bitterwallet, there's something clearly and certifiably wrong with you. "Think Tinder meets Groupon… for trains." That was the words of Edward Byrne, co-founder and Business Director of Paystobesocial, which is a new app which lets commuters in the UK hunt…

First Great Western strike - which trains are affected?

Last-minute talks to avert a 48-hour rail strike on First Great Western services have failed, according to the RMT union. That means, services between London, the west of England and Wales will be affected, as of teatime last night. Below, you can see a map of all the lines which fall under this area. Click…

Airport IT glitch causes punch ups

There’s nothing more invigorating than a fist fight with some airport officials is there? Well, a few ‘scenes’ broke out last night after a technical hitch took out the border control computers at all UK airports. At Gatwick, queues stretched for ‘miles’ and there was a smattering of violence as frustrated passengers were forced to…

Japanese robo boot could help stroke sufferers walk again

We all love a Japanese robo boot, and Yaskawa Electric have given us a doozy - a motorised leg brace which has been designed to give stroke patients the confidence to walk again. Catchily named the Ankle Walking Assist Device, the robot boot was developed by the Shibaura Institute of Technology and Hiroshima University’s Space…

It’s a Virgin Trains DE-BRA-CLE

In this Yewtree-tastic world we live in, we'd like to imagine that we’ve come a long way from the groping, grasping, heavy breathing sexism of yore. But Virgin Trains seems to think that the women who work for them are Barbara Windsor in Carry On Camping, more than happy to show off their bras while…

Italians drink like Scottish tramps

Italy! A place of sunshine, fine wines and rich food! A country with fashion houses, tailored suits and sexual potency! However, Italians aren't all great. Aside from the whole 'fascism thing', they also don't know the first thing about good beer. This is neatly underlined by an establishment called 'Old Bear' which, on the chalkboard,…

Ryanair charge woman £236 for a piece of paper

Ryanair are, quite obviously, a bunch of arseholes. If they could, they'd cram passengers into their planes until the inside of the aircraft looked like the compacted food cement in Elvis' colon when he died. Ostensibly, they're working toward operating a flying steel sausage that carries human pâté from airport to airport. Until then, they'll…

Angry passengers stage plane sit-in

People power is all the rage these days, whether it’s a gang of protestors hanging about outside St Paul’s Cathedral or tens of thousands of music fans opting not to buy the new album by the Kaiser Chiefs. The latest example came at Birmingham Globular Airport yesterday when 100 or so passengers staged a sit-in…

Don't make small complaints to Aer Lingus staff or they'll get the police on you

For the most part, air stewards are pleasant enough, if a little dead behind the eyes. That's if you can make their eyes out under the 43 inch layer of orange make-up. However, it would appear that they're not a breed of people to be trifled with, as one passenger claims who flew with Aer…

Worst airports EVER - which are yours?

Once you've travelled through a few airports, you come to recognise which can handle large volumes of passengers better than others. At New York's JFK for example, there's far more space and more (manned) customs desks in Terminal 4 (which the likes of Virgin and KLM usually fly into) than in Terminal 7 (British Airways).…

Let the good times roll aboard East Midland Trains

We've all boarded a train with a handful of inconsiderate louts aboard. Maybe it was a cup final, maybe they're just thirsty for Tennents - whatever the excuse, it can make the journey a misery for other passengers. Still, you'll have to put in a near-professional drinking effort to beat these arseholes on board the…

FOUND! The Premier Inn with the heavenly view! Except...

As avid readers will know, we've been on the hunt for the Premier Inn that features in their current TV advert - specifically, we've trying to find which of their hotels offers this incredible sea view: The good news is - we've found it! Reader Darren pointed us to the Premier Inn Paignton at Goodrington…