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    Do not be taken in by travel republic's "book for 1" offer. It is a scam!!
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    • 13th Mar 13, 6:06 PM
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    Do not be taken in by travel republic's "book for 1" offer. It is a scam!! 13th Mar 13 at 6:06 PM
    I booked a week's hotel accommodation with Travel Republic on March 1st under their 'book for 1' offer. After providing my payment details the site advised that my booking was not confirmed until I received a confirmation email.

    Clearly not wanting to commit to booking flights until the hotel confirmation arrived I waited until today (12 days later) and looked to see if flights were available - they weren't. So I called TR to confirm that as I hadn't received confirmation I would need to cancel the dates.

    The operator said my booking had indeed been confirmed by email and that if I wanted to cancel my accommodation I was facing a penalty charge of 300!!

    While speaking to her I checked with my email provider and sure enough no record of any confirmation email from TR existed. Nevertheless she continued to sneerily intimate that either I was stupid or a liar and that I must have seen the confirmation.

    It seems to me that the "Book For 1" offer is clearly a scam - a way to entrap unsuspecting travellers into committing to a booking, then promising email confirmation which never arrives, then charging horrendous cancellation charges.

    If this sounds far fetched then consider this - the room type I booked was priced at 1,700 on March 1st. TR have told me I can now pay 20 to rebook to the following week but the rate I booked at is no longer available and I will now have to pay over 4,500.

    Seems TR can't lose - they get 300 for doing absolutely nothing apart from falsely representing a holiday that can't be delivered and if you don't like that you can have the same holiday a week later for 3x the price.

    They are operating a scam against unsuspecting consumers and I will make it my business to broadcast this message far and wide.
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