Tips and deals: 21/12/2008

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The train

Gatwick Express has launched a new service to Brighton. Six trains will depart Brighton for Gatwick in the morning, Monday to Friday, and there will be six journeys made from Gatwick to Brighton in the evenings. Go to

The money

EasyJet has opened a new online foreign exchange service. More than 70 currencies will be available to buy at 0 per cent commission, and will be delivered next business day if the order is received before 3pm. Go to

The gear

JanSport has introduced a new palette of colours across its entire range of backpacks and luggage. Bold designs available include a collection of dragonfly blue doodle prints, daiquiri paisley waves and urban leopard. Go to

The bargain

British Airways and British Airways Holidays will launch New Year sales this Tuesday. Look out for big reductions on short- and long-haul flights and holiday packages. The deals will be available for selected dates between January and September 2009. Go to