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Expert Maggie O'Sullivan on how to be a savvy traveller - before you even leave the country

Expert Maggie O’Sullivan tells us how to be a savvy traveller – before you even leave the country. Flick through for her top tips…

Luxe it up for less

Airport lounge All of the larger UK airports now have lounges that anyone can use for a fee. The cost is around £25 per person, with food and non-alcoholic drinks included in the price, though if you’re not travelling at a busy time and intend to hit the shops, your money might be better spent on a seafood platter and a glass of champagne in the main terminal lounge. Book lounges direct with the airport or try

Spa treatments Heathrow Terminal 3 and Gatwick North terminal both provide spas where a mani-pedi, for example, costs around £35. But for free treatments, head for Jo Malone in Gatwick or Heathrow T3 and T4, where you can have a complimentary hand-and-arm massage and a non-alcoholic drink while you check out the products. There is no obligation to buy.

VIP Departure Service For a fee of around £25 per person, you can arrange to queue jump at check-in and bag drop, then FastTrack through security. Expensive if you’re travelling with the family but an affordable treat if you’re on your own, especially at peak times.