Does anyone have any advice for me please on this?
I booked a 'holiday' last night on Thomsons website for next year thinking I was getting an amazing bargain. I received a confirmation email from Thomson and called them today to query why I hadn't needed to select flights as I had done on booking my holiday for earlier this year.
I have been advised that I booked an accomodation only holiday (even though I selected Manchester Airport for flights) and that they will not refund my payment as I paid in full.
Apparently hidden away in the T&C's it advises that if you are not quoted a deposit you pay the full cost of the 'holiday' so if you cancel (the booking is a year away) you lose the deposit or in this case the full cost of the holiday.
I am stunned that they point blank refuse to refund s holiday which is a year away and which I believed was for a full package holiday (albeit very cheap).
I did read the T&C's and it said I would just lose the deposit if I cancelled more than 70 days before the holiday - no where on the booking process dies it tell you that the holiday is non-refundable.
Any advice more than welcome. Thomsons advisor refused to pass me onto a manager and said I could complain in writing but I wouldn't get my money back....
I know I am an idiot for not reading the screen more fully but it really isn't explicit it's accomodation only and doesn't tell you it's non-refundable or I would have thought twice.
I don't think they can keep the full amount of your accomodation. You would normally only lose the deposit if you cancelled this early.
I too can't quite understand how you thought you had booked a package holiday - did you not question why it was so cheap or why in the booking process you did not see any flight details?
You do get an option later on in the process to choose flights but you do have to select the airport and the flight options - the costing will then come up on the screen. Looks like you chose the airport but didn't actually select any flights.
I suspect Thomsons are within their rights not to refund. They can't refund a deposit if you didn't pay a deposit.
Paragraph 8 states that you are required to pay 100% of the accommodation cost before the booking can be confirmed. It also states that deposits are sometimes allowed, but if a deposit amount is not specified then it is considered to be the amount paid at the time of booking, even if that is 100% of the accommodation cost. It then confirms that the booking deposit will not be refunded in the event of cancellation.
This would suggest to me that KPNUT has made full payment which is subject to fees in the event of cancellation, or a 100% deposit which is non refundable in the event of cancellation.
However, if you then look at Paragraph 9, it gives a scale of charges in the event of cancellation. If cancelling 70 days or more in advance, only the deposit is lost. In this case, the deposit would be 100% of the total cost. But if cancelling 56-69 days in advance, only 30% of the total cost is taken as a cancellation fee. If cancelling 36-55 days in advance, 50% of the total cost is taken as a cancellation fee. It's only if cancelling less than 10 days in advance that the full 100% is taken.
This would suggest to me that rather than cancel a year in advance and lose the lot, KPNUT could hang on until 56-69 days in advance and lose just 30%.
Are those 2 paragraphs contradictory, or am I just misunderstanding them ?
I was also wondering if it is possible that the wrong dates have been booked, perhaps 2011 instead of 2012, and that's why Thomson are retaining the full amount. But that still wouldn't explain those confusing paragraphs.
a) In the event of being asked to pay the full amount of accomodation on booking, this is classed as your deposit and b) if you cancel 70 days or more in advance you lose the deposit (meaning you'll lose the whole lot) but if you leave it until 36-55 days in advance before cancelling, you'll only lose 30% of the deposit (deposit being full amount of accomodation in your case). It doesn't make much sense but it's there in black and white. I wonder what they'll have to say about that?
I agree the terms and conditions are not straightforward but I read it as meaning -
If you have to pay 100% to confirm this what you will lose, irrespective of when you cancel. This is because the 100% is final payment, and is not a deposit.
The scale charges only apply to bookings where a deposit has been accepted to confirm it.
Which to me is the same as saying that the full cost is classed as a deposit, so surely the cancelation charges involving deposits are in operation.
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