Our balance for our holiday in March is due to be paid before tomorrow (which I am going to do now online)
However my daughter and her family still have not paid their remaining balance - what if anything will happen if this is not paid before tomorrow. I know 2 days before Christmas is an unfortunate time to have to pay off the balance and I am wondering if they will lose the holiday if their payment does not go through immediately.
I know if you book through a travel agent , thomson shop or similar they ask for payment a couple of weeks before it is due to allow time for them to pass the payment on . This is why it would seem some people have a due date 6 weeks before while other have 8 weeks.
It's not unusual for me to pay a couple of days late as I try to move into the next months credit card bill or simply forget and I would normally get a reminder letter a few days later that crosses with my payment .
I think your plan of paying it for them is a good idea.
Some years ago my wife needed an operation but we were having problems getting the actual date. We contacted the TO (Thomsons in this case) and they allowed us an extra two weeks to sort it out and said that we could move the dates. In the event a call to the surgeons secretary brought the date forward.
One danger is you could become liable for extra charges even if they cancel for non payment. For example if you have paid a low deposit then if you do not make the payment when due not only will they cancel the holiday but you are also liable for the balance of the deposit.
This also applies if paying the balance of the holiday although you would incur extra charges for cancellation as laid down in the T&Cs. If it is due to illness/redundancy then you would possibly be looking at claiming against your holiday insurance, gain you should be talking to the TO ASAP to minimise charges
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