Something To Declare: Club Europe for less; the world according to 'Wanderlust' readers

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Bargain of the week: Club Europe for less during the summer holidays

Bargain of the week: Club Europe for less during the summer holidays

British Airways (0870 850 9850; www.ba.com) has a problem in summer. While there is plenty of demand for economy class on its flights to Europe, business travel declines in late July and August. So BA has launched a promotion aimed at filling some of its Club Europe seats with holidaymakers. You must book by 24 June, and travel between 15 July and the end of August.

If you have not yet bought your summer flights, you could find that business class costs barely more than economy. For example, for a flight from Gatwick to Malaga on 24 July, returning a fortnight later, the lowest economy fare is £190. Club Europe is only £10 more. For this, you get lounge access, better food and drink, and a bigger baggage allowance. And on some heavily booked weekend departures, Club Europe may actually be cheaper than economy.

Other routes covered by the offer include Heathrow-Nice (lowest economy fare on those dates, £134; Club Europe, £178) and Manchester-Venice (economy, £210; Club Europe, £299).

Warning of the week: the world according to 'Wanderlust' readers

Travellers to the Maldives are warned not to pack "your favourite Buddha figure, family Bible or duty-free tipple", or you could run the risk of being refused entry to the Indian Ocean islands. The caution appears in the new edition of Wanderlust magazine. The magazine also says that stricter rules on charter flights to India are to be introduced from October; for a stay less than a week or more than a month, you cannot use a charter to Goa or Kerala. And travellers to Africa are warned about outbreaks of meningitis in the so-called "Meningitis Belt" of Africa, which stretches from Ethiopia to Senegal.

Wanderlust magazine, price £3.60, is available at newsstands or on subscription (01753 620426; www.wanderlust.co.uk).

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