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MSE News: Egypt crisis: Holidaymakers could miss out on refunds if they cancel trips

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  • KTF
    KTF Posts: 4,820 Forumite
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    mcfisco wrote: »
    Hey well done :T

    People are being slaughtered and your thoughts are grabbing a bargain whilst they bleed out?
    Well this is a money saving forum ;)
  • mcfisco
    mcfisco Posts: 1,955 Forumite
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    KTF wrote: »
    Well this is a money saving forum ;)

    Some things trump saving a few quid on a cheap holiday
    For most decent people, at least.
    I have long known that it is part of God's plan for me to spend a little time with each of the most stupid people on earth.
  • gadgetmind
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    "resorts on the Red Sea would probably be fine"

    So, you're probably not going to get caught between two violent factions in a bloody civil war, so that's all right then!

    Sorry, the Egyptian government can't magically make part of the country safe if no-one can agree who is actually is in charge and if they don't have a clear mandate from the people.
    I am not a financial adviser and neither do I play one on television. I might occasionally give bad advice but at least it's free.

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  • hanlou007
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    mcfisco wrote: »
    Some things trump saving a few quid on a cheap holiday
    For most decent people, at least.

    Unfortunately when it comes to saving money decency goes out the window......was the same after the shark attacks in Sharm El Sheikh.....first thing people thought was cheap holidays !!!

    :cool:
  • EdinburghLass
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    We were booked on a Nile Cruise then and week on the Red Sea flying into Luxor. Thomsons cancelled the flights in the light of the Foreign office advice and will refund the flights but we have only been able to get a partial refund on the hotel and cruise. Our travel insurance are refusing to pay out as they class it as civil unrest. Holiday is classed as Dynamic Package holiday so we do not seem to be covered. Holiday company both ATOL and TTA (trusted travel agent) but neither can help in this instance. Check your travel insurance if you are thinking of booking as lots exclude civil unrest.
  • DKLS
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    hanlou007 wrote: »
    Unfortunately when it comes to saving money decency goes out the window......was the same after the shark attacks in Sharm El Sheikh.....first thing people thought was cheap holidays !!!

    :cool:


    Having dived in the read sea for over 20 years I wasnt put off by the attacks nor the current situation, majority of attacks were due to russian ran dive boats feeding the sharks to "make it more entertaining" for the divers. :eek:
  • peachyprice
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    Beirut had a thriving luxury travel industry that made a huge contribution to the country's wealth before the civil war (thankfully now being restored), didn't stop it being destroyed.


    Just sayin'.
    Accept your past without regret, handle your present with confidence and face your future without fear
  • SaveTheEuro
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    The British government would not knowingly put us at risk.

    Germany, the United States, Belgium and Sweden have told their citizens to stay away from Sharm.
  • aliavavodka
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    Germany, the United States, Belgium and Sweden have told their citizens to stay away from Sharm.

    my son and his fianc!e are due to go out to sharm in 3 weeks, neither want to go now, as most trips are cancelled, so to be confined to hotel will not be the holiday they wanted, as they both like to explore, and see sights. but unless the government advise against all travel, they are stuck, as they cannot get a refund from the £2500.00 they have paid for this "trip of a lifetime".

    Ali :mad:
  • Voyager2002
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    We were booked on a Nile Cruise then and week on the Red Sea flying into Luxor. Thomsons cancelled the flights in the light of the Foreign office advice and will refund the flights but we have only been able to get a partial refund on the hotel and cruise. Our travel insurance are refusing to pay out as they class it as civil unrest. Holiday is classed as Dynamic Package holiday so we do not seem to be covered. Holiday company both ATOL and TTA (trusted travel agent) but neither can help in this instance. Check your travel insurance if you are thinking of booking as lots exclude civil unrest.

    I don't think that any travel insurance would cover 'civil unrest': perhaps the main message from your experience is to avoid a "dynamic package". Having said that, I think that in your situation I would still go: insist that Thomson honour their contract with you, if necessary by putting you on other flights.
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