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Flights of fancy: eight tips for stylish travel



Start your holiday in style with our top travel tips

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The best deal and smoothest journey get your holiday off to a good start and Coutts can help clients with a range of offers.

Here are our tips for taking the stress out of travelling.

1) Find the best deal

Before you book your holiday, check you’re getting the best deal. Look around online, but that’s not the only way to make your trip cheaper.

Our Coutts Concierge service, available to clients who have a Coutts Silk Card, grants access to specially negotiated air fares with selected airlines. It also offers a number of benefits at leading hotels around the world, including the Shangri-La, Mandarin Oriental and Ritz-Carlton groups.

We provide ‘flight gifts’ too through our award-winning* Thank You from Coutts loyalty programme, enabling you to fly with the world’s major airlines on us. From British Airways to easyJet, Virgin Atlantic to Emirates, you can use these gifts with any major carrier, on any date, to any destination. They can also be used to pay for taxes, fees and surcharges.

2) Get a little extra

Tired of the hustle and bustle of airport terminals? It doesn’t have to be that way. Travellers can now enjoy good food, fine wine and even hot showers and spa treatments while they await their flight.

Buying the optional extras can mean a more pleasant journey – particularly on short-haul economy trips – and there are plenty of schemes you can sign up to.

DragonPass, for example, is an all-in-one platform providing access to lounges at more than 900 airports. You can pre-book your lounge access at UK airports at no extra cost, and fast-track security is available at London Gatwick and Edinburgh as well.

There is also easyJet Plus, designed to make your journey better with a choice of seating, fast-track security and speedy boarding, among other benefits.

Through Thank You from Coutts, our Silk cardholders who spend £25,000 or more can get eight “DragonPasses” or one, year-long easyJet Plus membership. Spending £75,000 will get 16 DragonPasses or two memberships to the easyJet programme.

3) Reap the rewards of a strengthening pound

Keep an eye on how the pound is doing against other currencies to give your spending money a boost. Holidays to the US, for example, are becoming cheaper as the pound strengthens against the dollar.

You can also get rewards at participating retailers there by paying for your shopping with your Coutts Silk Card. For example, you’ll currently receive a $25 statement credit for each transaction of more than $250 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

“Travellers can now enjoy good food, fine wine and even hot showers and spa treatments while they await their flight.”

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4) Avoid currency charges

Coutts Silk or Debit cardholders can also avoid transaction and currency charges.

While some UK-issued cards typically charge around 3% per transaction, there are no overseas transaction fees on our cards (excluding cash advances). And you can link your Coutts Debit Card to an eligible Coutts Currency Account to avoid paying conversion charges.

To set up the link, log on to Coutts Mobile or Coutts Online, or call Coutts 24 on 020 7957 2424.

5) Keep cards and cash separate

When packing, it’s often a good idea to store your money separately. By putting your cards and cash in different places you will still have funds available if one of your bags is lost or stolen.

6) Stick to light reading

To avoid filling your suitcase with heavy books, why not load your holiday reading onto a Kindle? We offer them as a Thank You from Coutts reward to those who spend £25,000.

7) Give your bank a call

Before you travel, let your bank know you’ll be out of the country so your cards don’t get blocked abroad.

Coutts clients can call the Coutts 24 line 24 hours a day (020 7957 2424). It can be useful to save the number on your phone in case you need to get in touch quickly while you’re away.

8) Relax knowing your finances are in order

Having your finances and future plans in good shape means you can relax on holiday knowing everything is taken care of. Whether you want to take the day-to-day stress out of keeping track of your investments or savings, or to ensure your plans are in place for the next generation, Coutts can help with our range of banking and investment services.

* ‘Best Benefits or Loyalty Programme of the Year’ at the Card and Payments Awards 2018.

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Key Takeaways

There are lots of ways to lower the cost and increase the enjoyment of your travels abroad, and Coutts can help by providing access to a wide range of exclusive offers and discounts.

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