Top 10 Most Read Blogs In September

2 October 2015

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 September?

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

1. Cathay Pacific Airline Review

Founded back in 1946 by an Australian and an American duo, Cathay Pacific has been in the air for almost 70 years and is now the largest airline of Hong Kong and the third largest airline in the world.

 Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

2. How to pass the time on a long-haul flight

Unless you’re at the pointy end of the plane, a long-haul flight is never really that exciting, no matter how many movies you watch or extra snacks you score. Before you can say “are we there yet?”, here are some sanity savers for your next long-haul flight.

 Kids, we know how you feel.

3. 13 moments where a Facebook 'dislike' button would come in handy

Digital overlord Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced a ‘dislike’ button is in development at FB HQ. It might not be a definitive ‘dislike’, but it will be an alternative to the existing ‘like’ function; something that allows users to show empathy for those moments in life where a casual thumbs up just doesn’t cut it.

 Would you use a dislike button?

4. Jetstar baggage allowance cut

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 $160AUD charge at the gate per over-weight bag.

 New over-weight baggage fees for Jetstar customers.

5. New 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.  These new rules currently relate to flights to, from or via the United Kingdom or United States of America.

 Keep the smartphones charged while travelling.

6. Best Earlybird Airfares to Europe

As the old saying goes, the early bird gets the best worm so, if you’re dreaming about a Europe holiday, now is the time to secure your 2015 flights. Every October, airlines release their best pricing for Europe flights in the year ahead. That means if you book now, you can be assured a great deal.

 Now is the time to lock in flights to Paris!

7. 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.

 Double Dip to Hawaii and New York City!

8. Top places to celebrate New Years Eve in Australia

It’s never too early to start thinking about your NYE plans. Flying by the seat of your pants all too often means spending another year on the couch watching the fireworks on the TV. Get together with your favourite people and truly make the most of this year’s holiday season by celebrating the night somewhere special. Why not turn the occasion into an extended NYE holiday and start 2016 with a bang!

 No one does fire works like Sydney Harbour..

9. 25 fun and interesting aviation facts you never knew

Look up the hash tag #avgeek on Twitter or Instragram and you’ll see that there’s a world filled with airline and aviation enthusiasts. Call it a hobby, an obsession or anything in between, but this is one interest group whose reach has swelled beyond the borders for a global reach.

 Where does an aircraft take off or land every 37 seconds?

10. New ESTA Visa rules for travel to the U.S.A.

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.

 Ensure you have an ESTA three days prior to travel.

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!