Travel to Mexico with children
The Mexican Consulate advises that if you're travelling to Mexico after the 24 January 2014, with a child who has a different surname to you, will need notarised written permission from the parent or legal guardian who is not travelling with the child. This evidence can include a birth or adoption certificate, divorce or marriage certificates or Parental Responsibility Order.
Twilight Check In at Gatwick
Avoid the peak hours at check in by checking in the night before your flight at Virgin Atlantic's check in desks at London Gatwick's South Terminal (Zone A). This service is available between 1700hrs and 2100hrs
NV - Orlando
Latest update: 10th January 2013
Following speculation concerning the NV in the last couple of days, we wanted to update you on the latest situation. Following our last update, it's become clear to us that we'll be unable to make a firm commitment about the opening date of the NV Orlando until a number of factors outside of our control are resolved. With this in mind, and to limit the uncertainty that this continued delay is causing, we'll be contacting all customers booked to travel and stay at the NV from 1st May to 31st December 2013, to discuss their options - including the opportunity to relocate to an alternative hotel or cancel their booking with a full refund. This is in addition to those customers we're already contacting who are due to travel prior to that.
We're truly disappointed we can't give an opening date at this time; we want to reassure everyone the hotel will remain off sale until we can. This decision has been taken by our Board following feedback we've received, and it's our desire to ensure as much as possible, our customers are still able to look forward to a fantastic holiday. We'll keep everybody informed of developments as and when they're confirmed, but want to assure our customers we're doing everything in our power to secure progress. We remain extremely confident the hotel will be an exciting addition to our Orlando programme when it opens We'd like to thank our customers for their continued patience, and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to call us on 0844 557 40002 and speak to a member of our Service Team.
Requesting Seats with Virgin Atlantic
Seat assignment is now available from 90 days prior to departure
A selection of seats is now available for pre assignment on Virgin Atlantics website. If you wish to request these seats before you fly please go to the 'manage my flights' section on the airlines website.
Please be aware if all the pre assignable seats have been taken, your seats will be allocated to you at Check-in. Virgin Atlantic regret their contact centre will be unable to request seats if this is the case, however it's worth visiting the 'manage my flights' section online at regular intervals because people do cancel and seats do become available.
Please don't forget that seats will be available to select on every flight, when check-in opens (this is at -24 hours for mobile and on-line check in). In exceptional circumstances some seat allocations may be moved due to operational requirements.
If you're flying with any other airline, then you'll need to visit their website for details on their requesting seat policy
ESTA - Electronic System for Travel Authorization
It's mandatory for everyone travelling to or transferring through the US, under the Visa Waiver Program, to obtain approval to travel no later than 72 hours prior to travel by completing an online process ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme.
Failure to obtain an ESTA could result in the passenger being denied boarding by the airline.
The cost of an ESTA is currently approx $14 per person and can be obtained by visiting https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Once completed & approved, the ESTA application is valid for two years and allows multiple visits without the need to reapply â€“ simply update your details on the same website. Travelers can apply for an ESTA even if they have no firm plans to travel to the US.
If you need any further information on the ESTA or you have any other visa queries, then try the Visit USA Website at www.visitusa.org.uk where further information on the scheme and up to date fee can also be found.
The ESTA is very similar to the automated visa that you purchase to enter Australia and is completely paperless