Money Moral Dilemma: Should Tash split the compensation cash?



  • Cerisa
    Cerisa Forumite Posts: 350 Forumite
    of course she shoudl share
    £1600 overdraft
    £100 Christmas Fund
  • geri1965_2
    geri1965_2 Forumite Posts: 8,736 Forumite
    The more I think about this, the more I am coming around to the view that the refund should be shared. Whilst it may be feasible to book the holidays individually in some cases, it's not that practical - you would have to book it at precisely the same time to guarantee that it would be available to both of you.

    Are we absolutely sure that the section 75 doesn't cover group bookings? I looked at the section 75 advice on this site and Martin's comments appear to imply that it should.
  • WhoMe?
    WhoMe? Forumite Posts: 1 Newbie
    Yes she should share.

    While it might be possible to book a holiday with a friend and pay individually it's not practical.

    Frankly I'm not even sure that it is possible in the majority of circumstances, can you book a package holiday with a shared room on the internet and pay by different methods?

    If your attitude isn't to share you might end up going on your future holidays alone.
  • Big_John_3
    Big_John_3 Forumite Posts: 1 Newbie
    These two ladies are heading for Las Vegas, gambling capital of the world, so they must like a flutter! I suggest they go to the nearest Casino, put the whole £300 compensation on a 50:50 bet, then walk away with either £300 apiece or nothing. That way they can share a drink on the flight to Vegas, safe in the knowledge that they are going without a wedge to drive between them.
  • Melancholie
    Melancholie Forumite Posts: 73
    Part of the Furniture 10 Posts Combo Breaker
    Seeing as Section 75 covers spouse and children, I'd be telling the CC company we were in a relationship, making Elena my spouse and getting us both a refund! ;)
  • emmwri
    emmwri Forumite Posts: 60 Forumite
    Split the refund. I would never consider the legality of the situation over friendship.
    Aug 2017 GC Budget £180
  • steam_dan
    steam_dan Forumite Posts: 97 Forumite
    Anyone saying Natasha should keep the full refund and let Elena take the full loss of £300 really doesn't have a concept of what friendship is all about.

    And the same goes for anyone who says that Elena should insist on getting half of Natasha's money. Swings and roundabouts this one. If Elena was truly a good friend then she shouldn't insist on getting half of the money. After all if she had paid the airline cash she would not have been covered.
    If I was Natasha I would give Elena the £150 but I would make it clear to Elena that next time they plan to go on holiday together that she should pay the airline/travel agent herself to prevent this situation from arising again.
  • x3ja
    x3ja Forumite Posts: 41 Forumite
    edited 5 August 2009 at 12:15PM
    geri1965 wrote: »
    Hmmm, I didn't realise that this was the case. So if I pay for a holiday for me & my OH and the company goes bust, do I only get half the money back? Or does it apply to tickets only as they are booked in individual names?
    Your OH should count as immediate family, so it's not a problem. Here's a bit from Martin's email today that explains:
    The Ombudsman's told us that unless the payment is for your partner and/or children you may not be eligible for a refund of their holiday costs. This is because friends, adult siblings, grandparents are arguably not part of the 'contract'. Therefore, the best bet is have all but immediate family members pay for themselves.

    Oh and my take on it - yeah, split the money and keep the friend. Better than keeping the money and losing the friend. However, couldn't Elena claim something from her travel insurance? If Elena didn't get insurance, then perhaps my decision would be the other way around...
  • chrismale
    chrismale Forumite Posts: 30 Forumite
    I don't know what the right answer is to the question, but travel insurance does not normally protect against airline failures - you have to make sure it is included. My annual renewal offer came with a suggestion I ask for a quote to include it. I did so and it was only about £1.50 extra, so it is worth making sure you have this insurance.
  • pineapple
    pineapple Forumite Posts: 6,930
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    edited 5 August 2009 at 1:00PM
    I would feel morally obliged to split it. Did they even know about this rule? First I have heard of it.
    There again, would a true friend 'demand' and would a true friend not offer??
    I like standland's reply.
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