You may not know this, but today is one of the busiest days of the year for booking a holiday. A cure for the Post-Winterval blues no doubt. The Holiday companies are also engaged in a price war and are offering some good discounts.
Also last week saw a timely announcement by Thomson (owned by TUI AG) of an end to a silly business practice. They announced that they are to end the fuel surcharge on holidays. This at last makes them compliant with EU regulations which state that prices advertised should be the whole price and not just a headline.
No other Tour Operator does this, and most of the major airlines too add fuel surcharges as an extra. This always makes it hard to compare prices, especially online at places like cheapflights or dealchecker.
So I applaud Thomson's for being the first to make this move. However, what is given with one hand is often taken away by the other. The new trick, by First Choice this time, is to reduce the baggage allowance to 15 kilo's. Your average holiday bag weighs in at 19 -20. Now you have to pay the £10 for the 'extra' luggage. So this is just a surcharge by another name.
If you are looking to book somewhere soon, take all these factors into mind as they can make £30 -50 difference per person and so make a big impact on your holiday spend.
For once too I want the companies to follow EU regulations, you don't get surcharges at Petrol stations or on your sprouts at a supermarket; there is no need for this sleight of hand by Tour Operators and Airlines either. Ryan Air of course is the leader in this as per usual.