Travel Cyprus bill: costs rise out of term time

Some parents of children at independent schools like to calculate the cost per day of their offspring's private education – usually upwards of £60. For the benefit of all parents, I can now reveal the cost per day of the school holidays: £70, or even more.

Get me out of here:

Slope off to the Austrian Tyrol on 15 December. Inghams has a week skiing in the high-altitude village of Obergurgl, in the heart of the Otz valley, for £569pp. The deal includes Monarch flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, transfers and half-board at the Hotel Sportiv. Inghams.co.uk

Get me out of here: Obergurgl, New York, Bach's places

Now... Slope off to the Austrian Tyrol on 15 December. Inghams has a week skiing in the high-altitude village of Obergurgl, in the heart of the Otz valley, for £569pp. The deal includes Monarch flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck, transfers and half-board at the Hotel Sportiv. Inghams.co.uk

Get me out of here: Edinburgh, Saint Lucia, South Africa

Now... Edinburgh by train gets one-third cheaper when you book East Coast advance fares through the capital's official website, Winterinedinburgh.com before 2 Nov. It covers travel from London King's Cross (from £23 return), York and Newcastle from 12 Nov to 20 Dec and again from 3-11 Jan.

430 jobs to go as Thomas Cook cuts back

About 430 jobs are at risk at Thomas Cook after the beleaguered tour operator revealed plans to cut its aircraft fleet to slash costs. The UK's second-biggest travel company aims to reduce the number of planes it operates from 35 to 31, returning four aircraft at the end of their lease term.

Bath time: First Great Western’s poster

Simon Calder: Don't take the 5.06 for an early Bath

The man who pays his way

Win £5,000 of music equipment for your school AND a £1,500 holiday for your favourite music teacher, courtesy of Musicroom and Yamaha

Musicroom, the UK’s leading music retailer, has teamed up with Yamaha to celebrate ‘Back to School’ by giving away £5,000 of musical instruments to one lucky school, along with £1,500 of holiday vouchers for the winning music teacher.

Away from it all: Olu Deniz beach in Fethiye

Traveller's Guide: Turkish shores

The crowds are dwindling, so seize the chance to enjoy sunshine, culture and history at your own pace, from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, says Simon Calder.

Deals of the week: Ashdown Park, Greek Islands, Red Sea

Under £200... Spend three nights relaxing at the Ashdown Park country-house hotel in East Sussex for £199 per person. The price is based on two sharing and is valid for midweek and weekend stays until 23 December, with a full English breakfast each day. Prideofbritainhotels.com

Five questions on: Debit card surcharges

What now, even more charges?

Where to? Thomas Cook's passengers were diverted

Simon Calder: Your ticket says 'Manchester'; pilot says 'Newcastle'

The man who pays his own way

easyJet promises business passengers a free flight if they arrive more than 15 minutes late

12 airlines agree to scrap surprise surcharges

Carriers to end last-minute fees by including debit card charges in headline price

Lord Coe unveils
the Olympic
rings last week

London 2012: Olympic boom turns to bust

Expected bonanza fails to materialise as hotel rooms, package deals and tickets remain unsold

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 27 June 2012

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