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Richard was very friendly to deal with and super organised, made travelling to Europe with our one year old feel like a breeze.
Many, many thanks for all that you did to make our trip a most memorable one….the breakaway was awesome and most memorable and time with family in France was so very special. Also Kirstys mum kept in good health whist we were away and required no immediate change of plans and frantic trip back to Auckland. It was just brilliant I will certainly highly recommend your services. Lufthansa premium economy is highly recommended and the service very German and very efficient. Better than AirNZ despite my Gold Elite status. Please use our reference above if required.
Thanks so very much
Mark and Kirsty
As a young couple wanting an adventurous holiday Richard has been fantastic in organising our trip and taking away the hassle of our now fully booked climb to Base Camp, Mt Everest. He managed to get us great airfares on reliable airlines that suited our timetable perfectly. We now like to book our trips through Richard Fletcher from Fine Travel.
All prices quoted in New Zealand dollars unless otherwise specified
In our blog post about how we expected the 2017 Earlybird Business Class and Premium Economy Specials to Europe to unfold, we explained that the start of the Earlybird season generally marks a reset of discounts to the lowest levels. From there, we predicted that as the specials expired we would see a gradual increase in prices as we got closer to peak travel times. This has played out as expected with prices increasing - and there have been interesting developments along the way.
When holiday time is precious, retracing your steps to connect with a flight home can feel a waste of valuable time. For many Fine Travel clients who take advantage of Business Class Specials to fly from New Zealand to Europe to spend time with family, a return flight from Heathrow makes good sense. But often European travel becomes much more than this.
The Cunard Line trans-Atlantic cruise is one of the quintessential cruise holidays. Crossing the Atlantic from Southampton to New York (or the reverse) is a bucket list experience.
One of the most common responses travel agents hear when recommending travel insurance is: "That's ok, I have free travel insurance with my credit card". Even though the cost of the travel insurance premium may be built into the annual card fee or interest rate, the true cost of credit card travel insurance can be much higher if it doesn't cover you when it comes to claim time. Here are three of the common traps we encounter with credit card travel insurance.
Cruise holidays are now almost mainstream for New Zealand travellers, but many are looking to join a cruise for the first time. Cruises from Auckland are a popular foray into cruising as the itineraries are close to home, can reduce wasted travel time in airports and there are many exceptional itineraries. In this blog we share 5 tips for choosing your first cruise from Auckland.
Given the distance we have to travel from New Zealand to Europe, it is often tempting to think "I just want to get there" and as a travel agency we hear that from many of our clients. However, for 2017 travel to Europe we are seeing greater interest in stopover packages - and for good reason.
One of the most common reasons our clients give for looking at Business Class airfares to Europe is that they want / need the extra space on such a long flight (and a lie flat seat). The Emirates mixed Business Class / Economy Class airfare makes this a more affordable option on a premium airline.
“It’s yachting, not cruising” the SeaDream Yacht Club proudly states – and on closer investigation, their meaning is clear. At a time when “mega ships” make headlines and seemingly squeeze an impressive number of passengers into a floating theme park / shopping mall, SeaDream presents an alternative that has more in common with owning a private yacht.
There can be little doubt the American based airlines have a tough time "winning the hearts and minds" of the New Zealand traveller. One of the most common complaints we hear from clients who travel to North America is the step-down in onboard experience when they move from a longhaul Air New Zealand or Qantas flight onto a domestic airline in the USA. So why should you consider the new American Airlines direct service from Auckland to Los Angeles?
The release of discounted Business Class flights provides travellers from New Zealand with a wide variety of choices. The challenge can sometimes be finding the special that works best for you. The question we hear most often is whether there is a lie flat seat. But does picking up a discounted Business Class airfare mean you have to miss out in other ways?