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    • LilNic
    • By LilNic 3rd Oct 17, 2:34 PM
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    Monarch-unable to find return flights
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    Monarch-unable to find return flights 3rd Oct 17 at 2:34 PM
    Looking for advice. I have a flight with Easyjet flying to Portugal on 22nd Oct. Due to fly back with Monarch on 30th Oct- which is AFTER the date that the CAA are offering to fly everyone home free of charge.

    I paid for the tickets on credit card and have initiated a section 75 with my credit card company so should get money back however finding return tickets is proving IMPOSSIBLE due to little availability and the fact that all airlines appear to be cashing in on the situation by tripling prices.

    Paid £408 for my 4 return flights with Monarch (Faro-Birmingham) yet the cheapest tickets I have found to the closest date is £1,240. I can't afford this !!!!!!!!!

    Can anyone help?
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    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 3rd Oct 17, 3:04 PM
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    Also look for return flights - they may work out cheaper and it will give you more airport options.
    • bigadaj
    • By bigadaj 3rd Oct 17, 3:50 PM
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    Looking for advice. I have a flight with Easyjet flying to Portugal on 22nd Oct. Due to fly back with Monarch on 30th Oct- which is AFTER the date that the CAA are offering to fly everyone home free of charge.

    I paid for the tickets on credit card and have initiated a section 75 with my credit card company so should get money back however finding return tickets is proving IMPOSSIBLE due to little availability and the fact that all airlines appear to be cashing in on the situation by tripling prices.

    Paid £408 for my 4 return flights with Monarch (Faro-Birmingham) yet the cheapest tickets I have found to the closest date is £1,240. I can't afford this !!!!!!!!!

    Can anyone help?
    Originally posted by LilNic
    Have you looked from other airports, Lisbon or somewhere in Spain that isn't too far such as Seville or even Malaga?
    • leylandsunaddict
    • By leylandsunaddict 3rd Oct 17, 4:03 PM
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    Doesn't your travel insurance cover supplier failure?
    • Nick_C
    • By Nick_C 3rd Oct 17, 4:38 PM
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    Train to Lisbon. Fly LIS to BHX via Brussels. £773

    Or LIS to Gatwick via Madrid for £441

    Lots of options if you can be flexible
    • dj1471
    • By dj1471 3rd Oct 17, 5:48 PM
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    Section 75 covers consequential loss so should cover the cost of a replacement flight, rather than only refunding the original purchase price.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 3rd Oct 17, 5:51 PM
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    Simon Calder, the travel chap on the BBC News in the mornings, suggested that prices will be much higher, so look at the options of flying somewhere else and catching a train across. No idea if that's feasible... but to save £800 it's worth looking into as "the only option possible"
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 3rd Oct 17, 5:57 PM
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    Doesn't your travel insurance cover supplier failure?
    Originally posted by leylandsunaddict
    It wouldn't be that unusual if it didn't.

    Mine doesn't, although I have added it as a separate policy for a booked long haul trip that wasn't paid for by credit card.
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    • leylandsunaddict
    • By leylandsunaddict 3rd Oct 17, 6:02 PM
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    It wouldn't be that unusual if it didn't.

    Mine doesn't, although I have added it as a separate policy for a booked long haul trip that wasn't paid for by credit card.
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom
    But surely if someone is travelling on other than a package holiday you make sure you buy a policy that does cover? If you don't you know the risks of self insuring that side of things.

    I wouldn't buy a policy that doesn't cover it because I don't book package holidays. Mine also covers airspace/airport closure and consequential loss is covered under the Travel Disruption section.
    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 3rd Oct 17, 6:28 PM
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    But surely if someone is travelling on other than a package holiday you make sure you buy a policy that does cover? If you don't you know the risks of self insuring that side of things.

    I wouldn't buy a policy that doesn't cover it because I don't book package holidays. Mine also covers airspace/airport closure and consequential loss is covered under the Travel Disruption section.
    Originally posted by leylandsunaddict
    Out of interest, would you mind revealing who your policy is with?
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    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 3rd Oct 17, 6:28 PM
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    But surely if someone is travelling on other than a package holiday you make sure you buy a policy that does cover? If you don't you know the risks of self insuring that side of things.

    I wouldn't buy a policy that doesn't cover it because I don't book package holidays. Mine also covers airspace/airport closure and consequential loss is covered under the Travel Disruption section.
    Originally posted by leylandsunaddict
    My travel insurance is bundled in with my bank account. Oddly enough, it does cover the other risks you mention.

    It isn't particularly expensive to add separately as and when required (£5 per person). If credit cards are used for payment, the risk can be minimised.
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    • AlSto
    • By AlSto 3rd Oct 17, 7:23 PM
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    Flying indirect brings the price down to under £200 per person
    • eamon
    • By eamon 4th Oct 17, 2:52 PM
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    Wow. Just been exploring options for the OP. Getting back will not be cheap. I'm beginning to think that travelling via another country or two may be the only way to try and keep within or close to the original budget.

    I think that Mondays in particular Oct 30th must be an expensive day to fly anywhere. I've looked at various options Faro to Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels & Dublin. Lisbon to the above as well and can't get anything below €1200 for 4. Also suspect a bit of price gouging as well as Monarchs competitors now know that there are many thousands of passengers with no return flight.



    After much research the best option imho is as follows but you will need an extra days holiday to allow for the extra travel times.
    Sleeper train Faro to Madrid, leave Monday 30th arrive in Madrid Tuesday 31st
    https://www.cp.pt/sites/passageiros/en/train-times/Train-time-results
    Using Skyscanner I found this
    https://www.skyscanner.net/transport/flights/mad/bhx/171031/airfares-from-madrid-to-birmingham-in-october-2017.html?adults=4&children=0&adultsv2=4&childrenv 2=&infants=0&cabinclass=economy&rtn=0&preferdirect s=false&outboundaltsenabled=false&inboundaltsenabl ed=false&ref=day-view#results

    Train for 4 people = €437.60
    Flight for 4 people = £274.00
    There may be taxes on top of these.
    Last edited by eamon; 04-10-2017 at 3:58 PM. Reason: More info & forgot the prices
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