Guest travel review: travel to Les Gets

Patchy Bear and Ski Bear here, guest reviewing dad and his sister’s recent ski holiday to Les Gets in France

 Sis did the organisation and chose Geneva airport because of its proximity to quite a few ski resorts, making it ideal for a short ski break as you can ski on the day of arrival and day of departure

Geneva Airport was efficient but not the most aesthetically pleasing building from the outside. Last year, dad and sis hired a car with some friends and driving back to the rental car return is a small adventure. There’s only one unmanned petrol station to refuel and it only takes cards. Parking spaces in the airport are very tight

 The inside is more pleasant and run with Swiss efficiency. The self check in kiosks and self baggage labelling machines take a little bit of getting used to. Make sure you wait for your rectangular boarding pass to come out before leaving. It does takes a long time to come out after everything seems to be finished and quite a few people left without their boarding pass Continue reading

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Travel review: Virgin Atlantic Airways

Virgin Atlantic is my and dad’s trans-Atlantic airline of choice. Dad has the Virgin Atlantic credit card, so he collects miles for his purchases. If he spends enough in a year, he gets extra rewards like a free companion flight (yay for me!)

These miles can be used to get reductions in fares (only 2000 miles required for this) as well to get upgrades in class or even for ‘free’ flights. I’ve put parentheses around the word free because you still have to pay the taxes, which is about half the cost of the ticket. It is also very important to realise that there are limited numbers of reduced / upgradeable / free seats on any individual flight, so it’s important to book these seats early Continue reading