Won holiday to Dubai...but hit a wall.

capstain411 Posts: 268 Forumite
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edited 28 April 2023 at 3:39PM in I won! I won! I won!
I won a holiday to Dubai and 5 day stay at a hotel there. All legit and extremely happy and grateful.

The T&C stipulated that holiday must be booked by March 24. And only exclusions are Dec 23 and Subject to availability.

This is huge 250 room hotel. I am NHS staff and with backlog and strikes, I am struggling to get holiday cover. I gave hotel 3 sets of dates factoring exclusions. Hotel just saying no rooms available and forcing me to book within one time window, which is when I coincidentally cannot take holidays.

I am able to book rooms as full paid customer for all the 3 date options I proposed.

I am nearly at end of my thether and bordering on letting this prize go. I wrote emails to hotel explaining to no resolve. Only had one liner response to one email saying no.

Anything more I can do as I just feel like it was a sham prize just offered to gain publicity but no real intention to fulfil it.


  • Vic2023
    Vic2023 Posts: 482 Forumite
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    Well done  :)
    2023: 60 mins psychic reading, 2 tx Brokeback mountain, 4 tx
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 4 tx The Crystal Maze, Eurovision party pack, 2 tx "Country to Country" matinee event, 1 night spa break with treatments for 2.
  • Cottersj
    Cottersj Posts: 129 Forumite
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    Who was the competition run by, if it was by someone other than the hotel can you get in touch with them for help?
  • Hope you can sort it out.
  • baser999
    baser999 Posts: 1,134 Forumite
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    Seems odd (if I’ve read OP correctly) that you can book your available weeks as a fully paid customer but those weeks aren’t free as a competition winner? 
  • wdywuk
    wdywuk Posts: 5,361 Forumite
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    If you know anyone living there just bunk with them
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