Travel Wires: Pounding on the door

New Zealanders weren't alone in looking to take advantage of Brexit. Photo / Getty Images
New Zealanders weren't alone in looking to take advantage of Brexit. Photo / Getty Images

Kiwi travellers are looking to gain from the UK's odd decision to get out of the EU. As the pound took a kicking in the days following the Brexit decision, found a 21 per cent increase in flight searches to the UK as canny New Zealanders looked to take advantage of the currency plan to take advantage. Cheapflights says the increased demand led to airfare prices to the UK going up by 15 per cent for travellers from Wellington and Christchurch, where interest was highest.

Pounding on the door II

New Zealanders weren't alone in looking to take advantage of Brexit. "In the days since Brexit, flight searches from the US to the UK doubled, searches from China jumped 61 per cent and Canada by 49 per cent," says Cheapflights managing director Andrew Shelton. "Searches for flights to the UK from EU countries shot up 31 per cent in the same period, with Spain and Italy leading the push, showing increases of 84 per cent and 62 per cent respectively."

Fuelled by fear

A new player in the travel insurance market is billing itself as the only provider to cover terrorist incidents. Travel Insurance NZ (Tinz) will cover travellers directly affected by an act of terrorism as well as those whose travel plans are affected. "While many products exclude cover for cancellation fees and lost deposits in the event of terrorism, we allow you to cancel in the event that travel warnings restrict you from travel," says Tinz director Natalie Ball. "We also provide travellers with $10m worth of medical and expatriation cover if they are affected by a terror attack."

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Reader Dick Ayres, of Auckland, has been to the States and got a thrill from "visiting the Boeing assembly plant outside of Seattle and seeing a 787 complete with koru as the next aircraft to leave the factory".

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But he had trouble in LAX and didn't like "taking 2 hours to get through LA immigration, resulting in missing an onward flight and then having to pay US$200 to get an upgrade to ensure a seat on the next flight".

Tell us what you like and don't like in the world of travel. Email TRAVEL@NZHERALD.CO.NZ

- NZ Herald

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