So it's been an interesting few days for Thomas Cook.
First of all, it followed TUI in ending its commercial agreement with Jet2Holidays - meaning they'll no longer be available in Thomas Cook stores so it can focus on its own holiday offerings.
Now comes the news that those offerings are to go up in price after it reported a loss for the first quarter (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38916725)
Interesting to know what people think. Would a price hike put you off booking? Were you someone who would have booked a Jet2 break through TC and will be taking your business elsewhere?
I presume the excuse will be BREXIT....
Miss Pink- ask your son to help you with a DIY holiday. Just try it the once. THere are just so many possibilities!
Matt, I don't think I wasn't being fair I was just giving my opinion, thats all
My point was it's understandable that some people stick to the traditional method of booking a package.
I think one of the reasons I came away from packages all the time was being stuck with a really late night flight and no room. I just like having more choice. But I do believe that DIY isn't always best or cheapest. I just research everything. You have been a member here for long enough to know I like researching:-D Where are you headed to next?
Even better on the return, the flight overnighted at Heathrow -so they stayed in the hotel and didn't use the Amsterdam loop at all ,just driving home in the morning! Proves that flight prices are an even bigger mess than train prices!
You need to do a lot of research as its not as straightforward as saying all flights out of one destination save you a fortune. Just try your dates from destinations which are easy to get to- Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam and various German ones are a good bet. Lisbon is another one which sometimes comes up. Build in an overnight there on way out and just make it part of your holiday.
Short haul to European destinations we do almost always book it all fully DIY with our own flights, accommodation etc.
Our reasoning for this is that we do like the security that a package gives us on a long haul trip. Should something go wrong you have the security on a package that you will have accommodation and get home without having to start trying to sort it all out yourself, in some destinations it is hard to even get internet access let alone sort out a major problem. At least in Europe it is very easy to sort out return flights back to UK with very little hassle and quit cheaply from most locations.
Some might remember the collapse of what at the time was a very large charter / scheduled airline operator, XL Airways. When they collapsed they had around 90,000 passengers stranded abroad in 50 different destinations, 63,000 of those passengers were on a package and were repatriated without any cost to them, this left some 27,000 passengers abroad who had to try and find flights and also pay for them and any associated costs.
We had a holiday booked which happened to be a package due to the specific location which involved ferries and other odd transport requirements and as it was a package, when XL collapsed we received a full refund again due to that little bit of extra security.
We normally only travel to Europe as hubby doesn't like long haul flights. I can't remember the last package holiday we had. We tend to do DIY as we prefer private accommodation due to receiving more home comforts & the added extras.
I can understand those who prefer package holidays though & would never rule one out, especially if booking a hotel. Each to their own after all.....
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