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.

Thomas Cook still upbeat despite debts rise

Debts are soaring at Thomas Cook, but the stricken travel operator insists it has a bright future.

Simon English: Now for someone completely different...

Peter Long probably doesn't openly plot for the demise of Thomas Cook. On the other hand, he may feel that his intervention is hardly proving necessary.

NEWQUAY: 'A non-stop parade of beach-blond surfers, boozed-up clubbers and cackling hen parties, a drink 'til dawn atmosphere [like] the Costa Del Sol'

Beach breaks are most popular holiday type, says survey

Beach breaks are still the most popular type of holiday but tourists are less satisfied with them than with some other types of trip, according to a Which? magazine survey.

Investment View: Sunny days for Tui but Thomas Cook still shivers

Tui is worth the risk, particularly if rain-sodden Brits fire up the PC and book

Thomas Cook is lifted by deal on planes

Thomas Cook said yesterday it had raised nearly £200m by selling and leasing back 17 of its aircraft to give it more headroom on its banking facilities, as it posted widening half-year losses.

Up for grabs will be 5000 tickets to see the 100m final (and almost certainly Usain Bolt) on 5 August

On your marks... get set... buy! Olympic ticket sale reopens

Golden chance for 20,000 'lucky losers' in first ballot to see 100m final as final batch is released

Holidaymakers benefit from eurozone uncertainty

Holidaymakers travelling to eurozone countries are getting the best value for money in three-and-a-half years amid the continuing eurozone crisis.

Thomas Cook saved by deal

Travel firm secures agreement to extend terms of its £1.4bn debt as it struggles to improve finances
Family getaway: Portugal's Algarve

Travel Challenge: Half term in Portugal

Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a family holiday in Portugal during half term. Prices are based on two adults and two children travelling. Each package includes flights from the UK on Saturday 2 June, transfers and a week's accommodation.

James Moore: Safe to fly Thomas Cook again after year of turmoil

Here are some figures that ought to scare you a little, if you happen to have taken out a package holiday with Thomas Cook. Last year, despite its well publicised problems, the tour operator's UK arm generated sales of £2.35bn. At the same time, the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (ATOL) fund to protect those who would otherwise be left high and dry in the event of a holiday company going bust was (at the beginning of 2011) £42m in deficit.

James Moore: It's probably good that Thomas Cook didn't go for an emergency landing

Outlook Here are some figures that ought to scare you a little, if you happen to have taken out a package holiday with Thomas Cook. Last year, despite its well publicised problems, the tour operator's UK arm generated sales of £2.35bn. At the same time, the Air Travel Organisers' Licensing (ATOL) fund to protect those who would otherwise be left high and dry in the event of a holiday company going bust was (at the beginning of 2011) £42m in deficit.

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The Irish carrier, which prides itself on its cheap tickets, had already increased fares by 12%

Watchdog: Ryanair denigrated Thomas Cook

Budget airline Ryanair has been rapped once again for misleading customers - this time for falsely implying rival Thomas Cook was likely to go into administration.

Sport on TV: Ticket to ride gravy train – on the fast track, of course

The idea of a home Olympics is wearing thin for Denis Clayton. He has been to every summer Games since 1960 but having put up £400 for athletics tickets, he got none and won't be going to London 2012. Mind you, they might have seen him coming. In Olympic Tickets for Sale (Channel 4, Monday) he put on a slideshow of his travels and one picture showed him standing on the running track before being escorted off. Clearly there's a security issue, and someone is keeping track of him.

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