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15 ways to get a flight upgrade

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Throwing tantrums, chatting up check-in staff and even putting on weight are all strategies that Skyscanner's frequent flyers reveal in their their top tips for securing an upgrade.

1. Travel at quiet times
Graphic Designer Clare McMonagle says you get a better chance of upgrading to business class by ‘booking a flight on bank holidays and at other times of the year when business users are less likely to fly as the seats tend not to be taken up’.

2. Spend lots of money
Sometimes you have to invest to get a return. Relationship Executive Matthew Smith says: “My wife and I got upgraded when we moved here from the US on BA. Not sure why, but we think spending $1600 on baggage fees helped.”

3. Be loyal
Ewan Gray, Director, APAC advises joining the airline's loyalty program: “Even if it’s the lowest level, you still get rewarded first. I know this from a friend at BA… and I’ve got a card for each partnership accordingly.

4. Be early
Your flight may only have one or two upgrade pl…

Genoa: Majestic Maritime port on the Mediterranean

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We discover the artistic beauties of this ancient maritime republic. Twisty little streets wend their way from via Garibaldi to the old harbour, site of Europe’s second biggest aquarium

Genoa is rich in personalities who forged the Italian culture of the last century. The city is fertile ground for comics, inspired by the innate Genoese sense of humor, and singer-songwriters, influenced by the heartbreaking sea views of the city and its surroundings. As young Genoese writer Marzio Angiolani (b. 1974) wrote in his book Genova. Canzoni in salita (“Genoa: Songs in Ascent”): “Song is the best expression of the soul of Genoa. The city is closer to Greece and Morocco than it is to Lombardy, has more in common with the ports of Sicily and Spain than with the mountains of Piedmont, and is redolent of the sounds and smells of everywhere from Turkey to the Pillars of Hercules or even farther, to where Portugal looks out to the Atlantic and the new world.”

The Foce quarter of Genoa is the birth…

Tongue and Cheek Airline and Aviation Acronyms

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The Travel Industry the world over features its own brand of insider amusing coded language and quirky communications.

None of this is directly intended to cause offense, neither does it necessarily serve to be an accurate indication of service levels or the qualities of the organizations involved, Moreover, as you will notice, some no longer exist. Instead they were likely created at moments of creativity or by way of a travellers frustrated expression to have a laugh.

Some of these acronyms or more precisely 'backronyms' and can be potentially offensive, so if you are very easily offended, then this is not a recommended read.
Here goes in alphabetical order: AIR INDIA After I Return I'll Never Do It Again.ALITALIA Always Late In Take-off, Always Late In Arrival!AWAAmerica's Worst Airline.BEA Britian's Excuse for an Airline BOACBoys Overseas After CrumpetBWIABut Will It Arrive? or Britain's Worst Investment Abroad!DELTA Divert Everyone's Luggage To Atlanta…

Top Worldwide Events for September 2016

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The 9th month of the year!

September comes from the latin world ''septem'' (seven), as was the 7th of 10 months on the oldest known Roman calendar . 

September is the start of the academic year in many countries in the Northerner Hemisphere and for the majority of students, its the end of the summer break.

Here are the...
Top 10 Worldwide Events - September 2016!
1. Floriade Canberra, Canberra, Australia

2. London Fashion Week, UK, London

3. Fes Festes de la Merce (Festival of the Virgin of Mercy), Barcelona, Spain

4. Grape Throwing Festival, Mallorca, Spain

5. Oktoberfest Beer Festival, Munich, Germany

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7. Regata Storica (The Historic Regatta), Venice

8. Horn Dance Festival, Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, UK

9. Lantern Festival, China

Hermanus Whale Festival 2016, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa

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Description The only eco-marine festival in South Africa, situated near Africa’s southernmost tip, Hermanus has a front-row view of the Cape Whale Route. During migrating season, people flock to the clifftops to glimpse the endangered southern right whale.

Given that it overlooks Walker Bay, into which 70 whales have squeezed, the town once took its blubber-related fortune for granted. In an attempt to formalize the clifftop viewing, it started its festival and introduced the Whale Crier. The world’s only such crier, his blasts on the kelp horn are coded to direct eager cetacean-spotters.

Where: Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa

When: Last week in September - 30th September 2016 - 2nd October 2016

More Information: Hermanus Whale Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival 2016, China, Asia

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Description This Festival is an opportunity to enjoy lots of sweet treats! Locals celebrate the transition of the seasons and is one of the most important events of the country. Along with the sweets, participants do fire-dragon dances, carry paper lanterns and hang them from towers.
The event is also called ''Moon Cake Festival'', because according to the myth, the Chinese Emperor should offer sacrifices to the sun in the spring and the moon in the autumn.
Where
All over China and in Chinatowns around the world!

When
2nd September 2016 - 30th September 2016

Information
You can find more information at http://chinatownfestivals.sg/

Horn Dance Festival 2016, Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, UK

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Description
A unique cultural event, where dancers are obligated to wear horns!

This event takes place in a small village in the English Midlands. The first time it took place was back in August 1226 and today it remains to be one of the few cultural rural events that survived though the years. Ever since, this dance takes place every year and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Dancing typically starts at 8 o'clock in the morning and dancers have to walk about 10 miles around the village. This annual event attracts visitors from around the world to view this spectacular and unusual display. A visitor can see different exhibitions, buy handmade items and enjoy drinks in local pubs.

Where
Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, UK

When
Monday 12th September in 2016

Information 
For more information visit Horn Dance

Berlin Music Festival, Berlin, Takes a Creative Break

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Berlin Festival Takes a Creative Break After a successful move from Tempelhof to Treptow and two successful editions on the Spree, the Berlin Festival is taking a creative break.Last recorded on PT:

Description
This Festival was established in 2009 and since then takes place every year. A combination of pop, rock and jazz along with several big names of music!

Berlin Music Festival attracts every year more than 20,000 people . What's more, it hosts music workshops so its several visitors can have access on interviews and discussions.

Some of the artists that are going to participate there are:
WoodkidHoderatEditorK.I.Z.DarksideWarpaintJessie Ware Where
Arena Park, Berlin, Germany

When
5th and 7th September 2014

Cost
Ticket fees are €79 and includes access to the Aftershow and can be bought from its official website.

Information
http://www.berlinfestival.de/en.html

Regata Storica (The Historic Regatta) 2016, Venice

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Description The rowing races of the Regata Storica take place on the Grand Canal commemorate the welcome given to Caterina Cornaro, wife of the King of Cyprus, in 1489 after she renounced her throne in favour of Venice. The most famous regatta out of 120-plus that take place in the watery city between April and September, the event begins with a parade of boats decorated in 16th-century style and powered by crews in period costume. At its head towers the Bucintoro, historically a galley for the doge (duke) and now an emblem of the city.
Aiming, perhaps, to liven things up in a state known as La Serenissima (the Most Serene Republic of Venice), locals first organised a rowing race in 1274. Out of the Regata Storica’s four races in different categories, the main event is the men’s caorline (broad, snub-nosed lagoon vessels) contest. The men need all their muscles to make these seaborne beasts surge ahead.

The races start in the Castello area and proceed west up the canal to the former …

Egremont Crab Fair 2016, Cumbria, England

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Description This Cumbrian traditional Festival is actually one of the world’s oldest fairs, first created in a charter signed by King Henry II in 1267. 
Over the centuries, the Festival featured a variety of once-popular sporting pursuits, such as cock-fighting and bull baiting. However, none have been stranger than the gurning competition!

Where
Egremont, Cumbria, England
When
The event traditionally takes place every 3rd Saturday in September
Darts competition and Disco takes place 9.9.16.

More Information: Crab Fair

Oktoberfest Beer Festival 2016, Munich, Germany

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Description
The 183rd Munich Oktoberfest and undoubtedly one of the worlds best Beer Festivals, which despite the name starts in September!

With no doubt, Germans know about Beer and how to celebrate it. This Festival starts in September and lasts until October. It's one of the biggest Beer Festivals worldwide and every year, more than 6 million visitors attend their to celebrate the most popular alcoholic drink of the world.

The first Beer Festival took place in Munich 1810 and ever since then, is running every year.

Where
Munich, Germany

When
From 17th September 2016 to 03rd October 2016 

Information
For more information about a detailed Oktoberfest guide, visit http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/

Grape Throwing Festival 2016, Mallorca, Spain

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Description  One of the most entertaining Festivals in Spain, which includes grape-stomping competitions and grape-throwing fights!
Its story is not very clear, but is believed to be one event in order to choose and collect the best grapes and get rid of the bad quality ones. Non stop fights, grape treading and tons of fun!

Where Binissalem, Mallorca, Spain
When Always the last weekend in September annually

More Information
Grape Throwing Festival

Les Festes de la Mercè 2016 - Festival of the Virgin of Mercy

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Description
La Feste de la Merce festival is one of Spain's biggest events and Spanish certainly know how to party!

The Festival features Giants, Dwarfs, Dragons, Fireworks and traditional Kiosks selling local sausages and honey! It will capture your imagination!

Where
Barcelona, Spain

When
22th - 25th September 2016
Information
More information can be found on festival's official website, http://merce.bcn.cat/

London Fashion Week 2016, UK

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Description
One of the most popular fashion and designer events globally, along with New York, Milan and Paris!

New young designers, famous high street and classic brands join together at an event which is going to be unforgettable for all fashion lovers and trend setters.

Where
London, UK

When
15th- 20th September 2016

For further information: http://www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

Floriade Canberra 2016, Canberra, Australia

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Description Australia’s biggest celebration of spring – returns to Canberra for the 29th year! The Floriade festival is the ideal place for someone to experience the magic of the Australian spring over 4 themed weeks. 
The first week focuses on Smart Living and gives the opportunity to its several visitors to gain knowledge about bio-organic gardening. The aims to inspire you with all the new trends from experts in the field while 3rd week explores the theme of Invention and technology.

Week 4 focus intents to inform you about the multicultural heritage of the country and focuses on the topic of Contemporary Cultures. You can come across with traditional dances and traditional dishes.

Where
Commonwealth Park, Canberra, Australia  
When
Saturday 17 September 2016 until Sunday 16 October 2016. 
For further information: http://www.floriadeaustralia.com/