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Top five tips for planning your 2014 holiday

Airlines, travel insurance, luggage and more


New Year is a busy time for holiday bookings. So whether you’re dreaming of a skiing, city or beach holiday, our tips will help make your 2014 holiday the best yet.

If you’re already thinking about your holidays for the year ahead but want to travel with the best travel products and providers, then Which? is here to help.

We’ve chosen some top tips to get your planning started and our leisure website is packed full of advice and reviews on the best travel products and services.

1. Book with the best holiday companies

If you want to travel with the top travel company in 2014, then Trailfinders is a favourite among Which? members. Trailfinders specialise in worldwide tailor made travel and achieved a customer score of 92% in our holiday companies survey.

All of the top 10 companies in our survey achieved a customer score of 85% or above, and most scored four or more stars for their holidays matching the description and value for money. The full results of our holiday companies survey include reviews of more than 40 companies including some familiar names such as Thomson, Thomas Cook and Virgin Holidays.

2. Fly with the best airlines

Whether you’re flying to the USA, Australia, Italy or France, choosing the most reliable airlines that provide good service and value for money is key for both a short- and long-haul flight.

When Which? surveyed over 8,000 members to find the best and worst airlines, Channel Islands specialist Aurigny Air Services (87%) topped the list for short-haul flights while Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines share top spot for long-haul flights with an impressive customer score of 87%.

The full results of our airlines survey provide satisfaction results for over 40 airlines, including BA, EasyJet, Thomson Airways, Ryanair and Monarch.

3. Plan a UK hotel stay

If you’re planning on taking a break in the UK then staying at a UK hotel chain is a popular holiday option, particularly for those visiting friends and family.

A stay in a Q Hotel is a good place to start your hotel search.  The hotel group’s collection of 21 four-star hotels lead the way in our annual survey of nearly 40 of the best and worst UK hotel chains.

The UK hotel chains in our survey prove that consistency in service and quality doesn’t have to mean repetitive architecture and style. Our top-performing chains offer historic and ultra-modern accommodation across the UK, in country, coastal and city locations.

4. Buy your travel insurance

Travel insurance is a holiday essential that will provide you with financial protection should unexpected events occur while you’re away.

A good policy will cover you for cancelling or cutting your holiday short in an emergency, will pay out if your property is lost or stolen and will cover your medical expenses should you become injured or sick while you are away on holiday.  Our travel insurance reviews compare high street, bank, internet and travel agents’ travel insurance policies.

5. Choose the best luggage

Head to the high street to try out our Best Buy luggage in store.  Trolley handle heights and grips vary, so this will help you choose one that suits your body frame.  

See how easy the case is to lift using the top and side handles, ideally with some weight in the case.  Four wheeled cases tend to be easier to manoeuvre on smooth floors, while two wheel cases tend to fare better on rougher ground.

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