i paid a low deposit of £100,only i did'nt know i was paying a low deposit.i thought that £100 was the full deposit.when my holiday details came in the post it did not mention it was a low deposit either,just that the full balance had to be paid 8 weeks before travel.
i had to cancel this holiday due to work commitments and when i phoned first choice they told me i had paid a low deposit at the time of booking and now owed the an extra £500 if i cancelled.i told them i was'nt a where it was i low deposit as it did'nt say this on the web site and proberly would not of booked if i knew i had to pay £600 and not £100.i also told them there was no mention of having to pay the extra £500 8 weeks after the 1st £100 was paid, and if i had'nt cancelled the holiday i would not of paid the other part of the deposit within 8 weeeks because i was'nt told to do so on the invoice.
where do i stand on this do i have to pay the extra£500 i have already lost £100 and have nothing to show for it.if i don't pay what will they do.
When I was a TA we had to get customers to sign to say that it was a low deposit they were paying, and that the full deposit as shown in the back of the brochure would be payable by X date. They will have covered themselves somewhere as it's normal that if someone is cancelling a holiday they are going to want to not have to pay the full deposit.
By booking the holiday you will have had to tick to say that you accept their terms and conditions, so I would've thought that you are legally binded to the full deposit and they will be able to take further action to retrieve the monies owed.
Have you checked the terms and conditions that you agreed to?
If the holiday is cancelled, or the customers decide they can no longer afford it they are still legally bound to pay the balance of the tour operators deposit and any non-payers can often find themselves turned over to an agencies legal team to recover the balance as the agency has already paid the deposit on behalf of the customer.
For the record, I am a Travel agent, a very good one at that, with almost 10 years experience under my belt and I can assure you that any good agent is not out to rip anyone off.
(Is this the same holiday to Majora that you were posting about yesterday?, If it's due to work commitments can you not just pay an admin fee and move the dates to when you can actually travel?)
I always book my holidays with First Choice (Eclipse) online and the low deposit does apply when booking via this method, we pay £20 per person, then pay the balance of the deposit several months later, we usually book in June for the following Summer and pay the balance of the deposit in January.
I'm afraid you will have to pay the dep. balance regardless of whether or not you take the holiday, and I imagine it would affect your credit rating should you choose not to pay it.
I'm being a bit of an airhead!
Was forgetting Eclipse hols aren't on sale in the High Street so of course I would be able to get the low deposit online
Don't know about the First Choice website, but the rest of my previous post applies, you will be obliged to pay the balance.
The low deposit was definately mentioned on our paperwork, its common practice really, so we just took it on the chin.
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