We had a flight from Gatwick to Manchester to catch after our longhaul this year, and were aware that if we were delayed the change costs, £70 per ticket, would be our responsibility. Whichever, it was still cheaper than booking the fully flexible tickets. Luckily we were on time.
Thomson fully meet their obligations to you by looking after you during any delays, and getting you back to your start point airport. From personal experience, I feel they operate pretty fairly with customers.
One could argue that the insurance companies are not terribly fair over this sort of problem
- but when were insurance companies ever interested in fairness over profits!
I often have to fly from Glasgow to Gatwick in order to catch a longhaul charter (very few longhaul flights are scheduled for those of us living in the cold frozen north). I buy non-changeable tickets to connect to Gatwick since flexible fares are very expensive.
Twice my return charter has been seriously late, with 24 and 32 hour delays and so it cost me a full fare expensive ticket to get home.
Now I don't risk it. I still buy el cheapo unchangeable BA return tickets, but I book way ahead and take advantage of cheap hotel deals (like those from Premier and Travelodge) to plan an overnight stop on the return. The worst likely to happen to me now is to just lose the cost of the unused overnight hotel
- and that would be covered by the paltry delay compensation cash from the insurance company.
Will send a letter in they can only say no!!!
Thanks for the help.
Presumably your train tickets were
Advanceand limited to a specific train. Which route? First Transpennine operate most express trains from Manchester Airport and they will allow a bit of leeway for
Advanceticket holders off delayed flights - not sure if it would run to a whole day though!
Glynis is correct about
Anytimereturns often only being a small amount dearer than the equivalent single and would have had flexiblity within the month but it's often worth taking a risk that nothing goes wrong.
returnsfrom Middlesborough to Margate are available from £42 - and that includes the equivalent of £8 in Undergound fares! In the case of cruise+flight I suppose the odds on a problem are greater.
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