Grabbing an Xmas bargain?

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We've had our overseas plans ruined by the flight ban (despite testing negative for the virus!) and were hoping to see if we could find somewhere nice in the UK. We're in a Tier 2 area (and will be after the new tiers come in) so were hoping to find ourselves a Tier 2 bargain break especially as many will now be cancelling their plans.

Any clues where to look? Most providers seem to be wanting unrealistic sums considering the amount of potential customers they must have left. 
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  • p00hsticks
    p00hsticks Posts: 12,964 Forumite
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    cubegame said:
    We've had our overseas plans ruined by the flight ban (despite testing negative for the virus!) and were hoping to see if we could find somewhere nice in the UK. We're in a Tier 2 area (and will be after the new tiers come in) so were hoping to find ourselves a Tier 2 bargain break especially as many will now be cancelling their plans.
    I think you may be optimistic assuming that anywhere is going to remain in tier 2 for very long after Christmas......
  • cubegame
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    cubegame said:
    We've had our overseas plans ruined by the flight ban (despite testing negative for the virus!) and were hoping to see if we could find somewhere nice in the UK. We're in a Tier 2 area (and will be after the new tiers come in) so were hoping to find ourselves a Tier 2 bargain break especially as many will now be cancelling their plans.
    I think you may be optimistic assuming that anywhere is going to remain in tier 2 for very long after Christmas......
    That's why we want to get away for a few days walking immediately after Xmas!




  • sheramber
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    decide where you want to g and look up the tourist information for that area.
    Holidays in the festive period are always dearer as staff want to enjoy the festive period as well as you. They may be paid more to give up their holiday.
    Heating and lighting costs will be the same whether there are 5 guests or  15 guests. 
  • cubegame
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    sheramber said:
    decide where you want to g and look up the tourist information for that area.
    Holidays in the festive period are always dearer as staff want to enjoy the festive period as well as you. They may be paid more to give up their holiday.
    Heating and lighting costs will be the same whether there are 5 guests or  15 guests. 
    We were looking in the South West (we're in Wiltshire so not too far).
    It seems that Xmas prices prevail though. I guess cottage owners rather have their properties sitting empty......odd.
  • twopenny
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    I agree it's odd. A large hotel that was going to close over Christmas for the first time decided to open because of interupted trade by the second lockdown. The weekend breaks were astronomical prices considering there would be no entertainment or the usual celebrations. They got no takers so actually had to close earlier than planned.
    I noticed another seaside hotel had closed for Christmas too. With so many not allowed to travel and many advised not to I think it will be a common problem.
    From today most areas in the uk have had to close accommodation. most areas people are advised not to travel. That probably means the few that can can charge a premium.


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  • annabanana82
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    My friend paid £800 last minute for a 3 night break in Herefordshire after their place in Wiltshire cancelled. It was cheaper than what was cancelled, it was booked via Airbnb and broke the rules as more than one family mixing but I guess some owners will take the risk to try and get a bit of income in.
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  • cubegame
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    Well, my attempts were futile.
    I even spoke to three cottage owners who wouldn't even shift from their Xmas price by more than 10%. My tactic was to offer them their low season price (normally about a 1/4 of their Xmas price) but not one of them was interested. One even went as far as saying it was derisory despite me pointing out that he'd be happy for me to pay that if I booked a mere two weeks later!

    The real highlight though was someone who lectured me about even trying to travel to Cornwall in the midst of a pandemic! 
  • sheramber
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    With  today's weather in the south west you are probably better off at home anyway.
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    cubegame said:
    The real highlight though was someone who lectured me about even trying to travel to Cornwall in the midst of a pandemic! 
    They probably have a point - going on holiday is hardly an essential journey.

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    cubegame said:
    Well, my attempts were futile.
    I even spoke to three cottage owners who wouldn't even shift from their Xmas price by more than 10%. My tactic was to offer them their low season price (normally about a 1/4 of their Xmas price) but not one of them was interested. One even went as far as saying it was derisory despite me pointing out that he'd be happy for me to pay that if I booked a mere two weeks later!

    The real highlight though was someone who lectured me about even trying to travel to Cornwall in the midst of a pandemic! 

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