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Cancelled Holiday but Flights not refunded

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Hi all.  We were due to go to Corfu on the 3rd June but we cancelled the holiday last week as unable to fly as they are on the Amber list and we both work on the frontline within the NHS and cannot afford 10 days of isolation after the holiday.   If we didn’t cancel we would of also lost the accommodation money as they say we could travel but  the government says not to travel ! Broadway Travel have offered a credit not for the accommodation but will not refund the flights of over £700.  We have asked for our Money back for the accommodation as we cannot take any further time off later in the year ... still waiting to hear back.  My main question is do I have anyway of getting the flight money back.  I am worked long horrid shifts on the frontline and could really do with the money back to fund a future escape.

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  • edited 25 May at 8:12PM
    Carrot007Carrot007 Forumite
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    edited 25 May at 8:12PM
    Indeed. Sympathise. But if not part of a package and booked seperately and just amber and goping ahead then they have no obligation to refund the flights. That would be for your insurance (which probably these days would not cover it wither).

    And even if a package, since they do not have to refund as you could go. It's down to good will. The airlines at this time after having lost so much have none, so....
  • Caz3121Caz3121 Forumite
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    Debs1210 said:
    If we didn’t cancel we would of also lost the accommodation money as they say we could travel but  the government says not to travel 
    there is no government advice against travel to Corfu

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to Greece, except for the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

    If the flights and accommodation were available to you then any refund would be based on the terms and conditions of the booking.
    Before cancelling, did you discuss possibility of changing dates?
    Does your travel insurance cover disinclination to travel due to self-isolation on the return?
  • macmanmacman Forumite
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    Too late now, but you'd have done better to wait and hope that the flights would be cancelled. 
    Is this a package or non-package booking?
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  • mattyprice4004mattyprice4004 Forumite
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    From the information given, you’re not entitled to a refund - you’ve chosen not to travel. 
  • CKhalvashiCKhalvashi Forumite
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    There is no FCO advice against travel to Corfu as of now, so that you chose not to travel is not the problem of the travel company.
    "I kada sanjamo san, nek bude hiljadu raznih boja" (L. Stamenkovic)

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  • edited 3 June at 8:49AM
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    edited 3 June at 8:49AM
    Caz3121 said:
    Debs1210 said:
    If we didn’t cancel we would of also lost the accommodation money as they say we could travel but  the government says not to travel 
    there is no government advice against travel to Corfu

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to Greece, except for the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

    If the flights and accommodation were available to you then any refund would be based on the terms and conditions of the booking.
    Before cancelling, did you discuss possibility of changing dates?
    Does your travel insurance cover disinclination to travel due to self-isolation on the return?
    I feel a bit for the OP as the government website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#amber-list
     Last updated 17/05 says;

    You should not travel to amber list countries or territories.

    Amber list of countries and territories
    Greece (including islands)
    Which contradicts the previous quote on FCDO

    However that doesnt change things when it would have needed the agent to cancel the holiday.

  • edited 3 June at 12:49PM
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    edited 3 June at 12:49PM
    Caz3121 said:
    Debs1210 said:
    If we didn’t cancel we would of also lost the accommodation money as they say we could travel but  the government says not to travel 
    there is no government advice against travel to Corfu

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to Greece, except for the islands of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

    If the flights and accommodation were available to you then any refund would be based on the terms and conditions of the booking.
    Before cancelling, did you discuss possibility of changing dates?
    Does your travel insurance cover disinclination to travel due to self-isolation on the return?
    I feel a bit for the OP as the government website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#amber-list
     Last updated 17/05 says;

    You should not travel to amber list countries or territories.

    Amber list of countries and territories
    Greece (including islands)
    Which contradicts the previous quote on FCDO

    However that doesnt change things when it would have needed the agent to cancel the holiday.

    'Should not' is not 'must not'.

    As long as it's possible to adequately insure (probably through a local insurer than a UK one), then the FCDO advice would be the advice standing as far as the legal advice I've received in course of business stands. If a company wishes to go further than this (we supply the industry and have chosen to go further), then they are welcome to do so.

    I do have a lot of sympathy, which is why we've chosen (as an individual company, we don't supply anything to Greece) to ignore the legal advice given..If I were OP, I'd be writing to my MP and asking them to address the issue of the 2 differing lists in parliament.
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  • mojo1mojo1 Forumite
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    Realistically if the government says you "should not" go then you couldn't be expected to go anyway, finding a foreign insurer because your current insurance becomes invalid.
  • CKhalvashiCKhalvashi Forumite
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    mojo1 said:
    Realistically if the government says you "should not" go then you couldn't be expected to go anyway, finding a foreign insurer because your current insurance becomes invalid.
    The problem at the moment is more that 2 government departments aren't talking to each other and therefore are giving inconsistent advice.

    Many countries are 'amber', but there is no FCO advice against travel, so which is it?
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    FCO advice  is based on your safety in the country you go to.
    The Traffic Light  list is based on the risk of people bringing any covid variant  into   the country.
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