Flight Centre's Top 10 Blogs For August

2 September 2015
Read Time: 2.5 mins

Every day we post stories on destinations that inspire us, breaking travel news, tips for getting the most out of your holiday and personal accounts of our own adventures. So what exactly have our readers been most interested in during the month of August?

Here’s a list of Flight Centre’s most-read blogs in August, so you can catch-up and keep up with all things travel in this fascinating world of ours.

1. Qantas check-in changes

'Check-in on time, arrive on time,' is Qantas's latest marketing bid to improve the passenger experience. The major Aussie airline is changing their check-in policies in an effort to increase on-time departures and arrivals. The new change went into effect from 5 August and here's how it might affect the weekly business travel crowd.

2. Jetstar cuts baggage allowance

The new rules carry a hefty penalty for bags that exceed these new limits. Overweight fees for domestic flights will attract a $50AUD penalty while international travellers will face a $160AUDcharge at the gate per over-weight bag.

 Jetstar baggage size chart guide.

3. 11 reasons to book with Flight Centre

With over 30 years’ experience and 4,500 consultants looking for the best deals for you, every day – there’s a reason why Flight Centre is one of Australia’s most recognised brands. Actually, here are 11 reasons why Flight Centre is the best place to start your travel journey.

 30 years experience and over 4,500 consultants to help you at Flight Centre.

4. Airport security rules for electronic devices

These days, nearly everyone travels with electronic devices like mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers, laptops, digital cameras and portable music players. New aviation security measures have been announced regarding travelling with these devices in your carry-on baggage. These new rules currently relate to flights to, from or via the United Kingdom or United States of America.

 Don't let batteries run flat before your flight.

5. Korean Air's New Kosmo Suite

Korean Air is the latest airline to jump on board with the luxury cabin improvements, announcing the addition of their new Kosmo Suite. Described as a "5-star hotel at 40,000 feet", it will be incorporated into the existing 777-300ER jets. There are also plans to incorporate them into the new 787-9 Dreamliners, Boeing 747-8i jumbos and the Airbus A330-300.

 Korean Air's new suite in the skies.

6. Top 10 stopover options to double your holiday

What’s better than one holiday? Two holidays! At Flight Centre we have noticed a growing trend for travellers to break up their holiday with an additional holiday at their stop over destination, so we created ‘Double Dip’ options (even ‘Triple Dip’!) to make it easy.

 Lay back and relax in Abu Dhabi before continuing to your final destination.

7. Top 10 tips for travelling with children long-haul

A word of advice to anyone setting off on a first flight with their kids is that children, like grown-ups, are all different and some are easier to fly with than others. So some of these tips may help, but the best advice I could give anyone is to prepare for the worst, be patient, and take deep breaths when it all starts to get too much.

 Keep the kids occupied or they’ll be climbing the walls. Picture: Getty Images

8. 101 must dos when in Europe

Creating a definite list of must-see sights and things to do in Europe is no easy task. There’s 51 independent countries for starters, however the compact nature of the continent means it’s easy to cross borders and explore Europe via rail, car, coach, plane or boat. Whether you concentrate your time in one country or loop through multiple destinations, no two trips will be the same. And if you need inspiration, here’s our list of 101 must-dos in Europe next year. How many are on your list?

 66. Check out the Northern Lights in Norway.

9. New ESTA visa rules for travel to the USA

Are you planning travel to or via America? Did you know you need an ESTA (Electronic System Travel Authorisation) visa waiver certificate? Changes to the program mean additional questions need to be completed. Here is what you need to know prior to departure.

 New ESTA visa rules for America now in place.

10. New Virgin Australia baggage allowance

Virgin Australia has removed the ‘Saver Lite’ fare class and dropped checked-in baggage charges for its economy cabin passengers effective March 17. The airline has consolidated its fare types to just three; Saver, Flexi and Business – which all have a minimum 23kg baggage allowance included and now meals too.

 Virgin Australia baggage allowance chart.

Jason Dutton-Smith

I’m a passionate traveller and a first class nomad wannabe. I have a love for the written word and enjoy sharing stories that inspire travel. I like ordinary but love extraordinary. I’ll dance and sing karaoke to anything 80’s, will drink hot tea even if 40 degrees, love food and have a wicked sweet tooth. Architecture excites me, the window seat thrills me and anything aviation enamours me. I’m a perpetual dreamer who lives by Saint Augustine’s wise words – “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. My intention is to read War and Peace!