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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…

Delayed flights - worst offenders and what to do

Delays at airports are nothing new, but some airlines are more guilty of them than others, which implies that they need to get their fingers out. Our pals over at Which!!! have found that nearly a quarter of flights out of airports in the United Kingdom are delayed by 15 minutes or more. When it…

Compensation struggle for Thomson delays

Huge numbers of holidaymakers who end up sitting through long delays with Thomson flights will find it nigh on impossible to get any compensation back, according to an investigation from Money Mail. They referred to the tour operator as "routinely weaselling out of paying legitimate claims for delays lasting three hours or more." They've reported…

How To... get a e-passport for travel to the United States

There's a lot of talk at the moment, about the difficulties some holidaymakers are facing when they're travelling to the United States of America. Basically, the rules in the US have changed, which could see people being refused entry, even with a valid passport. Since April 1st, you need a biometric passport (often known as…

Night Tube: information has been leaked!

If you don't live in London, and have no intention of ever visiting London, look away now. That's because we're talking about the Night Tube again. According to a leak it looks like the night time service on the London Underground will be kicking off in August, which is great news for those of you…

Don't eat peanuts on BA flights

Is there nothing you like more than rolling some nuts around your mouth when you're sat on a plane? Well, apparently, British Airways are asking passengers to stop doing that, if you're sat net to someone with a peanut allergy. That's the plan it seems, making BA the first major airline to do such a thing.…

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Protests at rail fare hikes

Protests at rail fare hikes

A study has shown that British train users are spending up to six times as much of their wages on railway fares, as those who use trains elsewhere in Europe. Action for Rail say that some commuters in the UK are parting with 13% of their salary on trains, while Italians are paying just 2%. This…

Segway/swegway boards - illegal on the roads and pavements

Sweg boards, or self balancing scooters, or segways, or any number of other names as no-one can seem to agree on what they're called, are all set to be a smash this Christmas. Now, there's been a problem with the off-board chargers (which you should know about), but there's also a problem of them being…

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…

Free WiFi on Red Funnel ferries

Going to the Isle of Wight for your jollies? Well, if you travel with ferry company Red Funnel, you'll be able to have free WiFi over summer, which is just grand. The company says that they're going to be offering improved connectivity and greater bandwidth, which they're providing thanks to a fivefold increase in demand.…

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…

How To... get compensation for a train journey

We spoken about train compensation before on Bitterwallet, but the whole thing is still far too tricky. As the UK has a variety of different companies, that means a dizzying variation on the rules they have in place. If you're wanting reimbursement or compo from them, any help is worthwhile. One useful thing is that…

Network Rail bosses travel by plane... because it is cheaper than trains

In the past two years, Network Rail has spent £1.3million on domestic flights for its staff. That might not seem like such a big deal, but consider this - the company has pledged to always travel by the cheapest means possible. So, given that Network Rail run our tracks, you'd hope that they might see…