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RAF given green light to shoot down hostile Russian jets in Syria

As relations between the West and Russia steadily deteriorate, Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots have been given the go-ahead to shoot down Russian …

Hidden hire car costs - and why urgent reform is needed

We all know the problem. You think you have snapped up a bargain, and then discover there is a series of further charges to add to the bill. Before you know it, the real cost of what you are buying has soared. For years it was an issue with no-frills airlines until the now defunct Office of Fair …

Sign the Petition

GOLDCAR, ALONG WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER CAR HIRE FIRMS WERE FINED SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF MONEY FOR PRICE FIXING IN 2013. THE FINES WERE CONSIDERED …

Customers

Should I buy car hire excess insurance?

<b>Liz Percival writes</b><br>I have just booked hire cars through Holiday Autos for both Cyprus and Spain and the company keep sending me emails saying they recommend that I buy excess insurance at £4.99 per day. Is this necessary?<p><b>Nick Trend, car hire expert, replies</b> <br>Excess insurance for hire cars is a …

Selling

Steer clear of car hire rip-offs on holiday

Holidaymakers heading overseas for Easter who have yet to book their car have already missed the cheapest deals – but they could still save money by avoiding being ripped off by unscrupulous vehicle hire outlets.<p>Figures from Travelsupermarket.com reveal that someone who booked a compact car for an …

Ripoff

Holiday car hire: scams, tips and how to get a cheap deal

Hands up who leaves their hire car booking until the last minute? When you’re taking a family holiday it’s stressful enough getting the best hotel …

Off-roading

Hiring a car is now a serious headache under new driving licence rules

Hiring a car this summer? You may already be feeling stressed about the potential pitfalls. The number of Telegraph readers who have reported expensive extras, aggressive sales tactics, and arbitrary and unfair charges for damage have risen steeply recently, and car hire has become the issue that …

Abolition

Letters: Car-hire rules could leave drivers vulnerable to data breaches

The end of the paper driving licence; a check on human traffickers; Britain in Efta; eating to reduce food waste; and Alan Turing’s cheat sheet<p>SIR – The “View Driving Licence” website of the <b>Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency</b>(DVLA) requires you to give your National Insurance number, in order to …

Vocational Education

Stick-on smart sensor offers hassle-free car hire | Reuters

Renting a car is often fraught with worry. If the car is damaged in any way, the renter could be in line for a hefty bill; even if the car was stationary at the time. But a novel sensing technology could spell the end of disputes over liability if a car is damaged by accurately determining who is …

Ryanair's legal row with car hire firm Hertz will hit passengers

Ryanair said it was launching legal action after Hertz abruptly terminated its contract with the airline<p>Just months after Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary <b>admitted that “being nicer” was boosting profits</b>, his airline has become embroiled in a fresh spat.<p>A feud has erupted between Ryanair and Hertz after …

Save on car hire by buying your own insurance before you leave

Headline car hire charges are falling across most popular holiday destinations, with average fees 10 per cent cheaper than a year ago. But travellers …

Car hire should be less stressful after tweak to UK licence-share system

DVLA makes ‘share your licence’ passcodes valid for 21 days rather than 72 hours, allowing holidaymakers more flexibility in booking car rentals<p>Hiring a car on holiday should be less stressful after the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency made a significant change to the new system that allows …

Travelers

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DVLA extends licence code lifespan to help Brits hire cars abroad

It's not often that a government department takes on feedback and quickly makes a change to its processes, but fair play to the DVLA, it's just done exactly that. After the agency phased out paper driving licences and asked British holidaymakers to present online codes to car hire companies …

Car hire firms to improve practices following competition review

The Competition and Markets Authority secures agreements for major firms to look again at pricing and sales tactics and fuel and damage policies<p>Millions of holidaymakers who hire a car abroad will soon enjoy better terms and conditions after five of the sector’s biggest firms agreed to make changes …

Regulation

Car hire firms pledge to improve customer service

<b>Car hire customers are set to get a fairer deal after five leading hire firms have pledged to change their practices.</b><p>Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Sixt …

Car hire: get into gear for a smoother ride

From fuel to damage and cover, changes to the way firms rent vehicles mean motorists face a less stressful time<p>Massively overpriced add-ons such as child car seats, high-pressure sales tactics aimed at getting you to buy ropey insurance, demanding you pay upfront for a full tank of petrol and …

Summer Vacation

How The Vacation Rental Land Grab Stacks Up: HomeAway Vs. Priceline Vs. Airbnb

Major players from Airbnb and HomeAway to the Priceline Group and TripAdvisor have tapped into only about one-fifth of the addressable $100 billion …

Amazon targets Priceline, Expedia with new hotel booking site

In its push to expand beyond an online store for books and merchandise, Amazon.com Inc. is entering the travel-reservations business.<p>The e-commerce retailer Tuesday introduced Amazon Destinations, which provides maps, lodging deals and information about restaurants at popular weekend getaways near …

Half of TripAdvisor's revenue comes from Expedia and Priceline, analysts say

TripAdvisor, the user reviews and hotel metasearch website, released first quarter results on Wednesday.<p>In a report released prior to the earnings, …

Hospitality

Priceline Shatters the 100 Million Room Nights Milestone

The Priceline Group crunched 104.6 million room nights booked in the first quarter of 2015, shattering the 100 million barrier for the first time, as …

Priceline Acquires PriceMatch to Improve Hotels' Backend Technology

The Priceline Group added to its technology solutions for hoteliers and acquired PriceMatch, a revenue management startup that had raised more than …

Priceline CEO Says Mobile Won't Solve Every Problem

The Priceline Group’s customers made more than 100 million reservations on smartphones over the last 12 months but CEO Darren Huston isn’t …

Hospitality

Priceline Takes Pricey Path To China With Ctrip

<i>Bottom line: Priceline’s new China foray with Ctrip will get off to a positive start, but will run into problems and ultimately collapse due both sides’ inability to gain much from the partnership.</i><p>Just days after global online travel giant Expedia announced its withdrawal from China, rival …

The 4 Keys to Sustainably Scale Your Online Business From Priceline.com Co-Founder

I was having a deep conversation with my friend and co-author of, SCALE: 7 Proven Principles to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back, Jeff Hoffman.<p>Jeff is perhaps best known in the business world for being one of the co-founders of Priceline.com. As you can imagine, when the conversation …

Priceline's CEO Says It Will Focus on Old Deals Not New Ones the Rest of the Year

Priceline Group Inc., the largest U.S. online travel agent, is focused on growing existing businesses after agreeing to five new purchases in the …

Florida court sides with Expedia, Priceline, other travel companies in hotel tax battle

For years, a legal battle has been going on at the state level over how Expedia, Priceline and other online booking websites pay taxes. While local …

Priceline – the $60bn travel titan you may never have heard of

The world’s largest online travel agent, better known for its brands including OpenTable and Booking.com, employs 14,000 staff worldwide who speak 42 languages collectively. The group’s chief executive, Darren Huston, reveals the secrets behind the group’s phenomenal success<p>It is worth more than …

Hospitality

Airbnb's Growth Doesn't Scare Priceline at All

Officials at the Priceline Group and Expedia Inc. haven’t felt compelled to jump into peer-to-peer apartment rentals despite the phenomenal growth of …

Hospitality