Tuesday 2 January 2007

Hope for Sanity yet

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.


Gracchi said...

Great post- I agree with you completely the practise of hidden charging is disgusting.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

It always used to amaze me, in Britain, how the ads for holidays would come on almost straight after Xmas lunch. It was almost like, "That's over - you must have had enough of the family by now!" I am horrified by the idea of baggage allowances being reduced; I have to carry all my lippy and stuff, you see, so I won't be flying with airlines who do this! Buon Anno.

Anonymous said...

I've got 10,000 airmiles to use up, but you still end up paying a good bit of cash too. I really want a freebie out of this, but there is no such thing as a freebie, regardless of the airmiles.

Baggage allowance worries me too as I am one of those who has to have a bag and shoes to match every outfit, and two outfits a day, etc.

Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, Sainty from dealchecker.co.uk here. Thanks for the mention and yes, it is a big pain for us and for consumers. One way we tackle it is to publish a handpicked selection of deals (dealchecker's Real Deals) where we make sure we highlight all the extra costs. But of course you can only do so much by hand. Things have actually got worse in recent times with some airlines now charging for hold baggage or reducing the included allowance and then charging for extra. Then of course there's the charge for the meals and now, the one that pisses me off the most, the 'all sitting together' charge! Where do these guys get off?

Anonymous said...

情色電影, aio交友愛情館, 言情小說, 愛情小說, 色情A片, 情色論壇, 色情影片, 視訊聊天室, 免費視訊聊天, 免費視訊, 視訊美女, 視訊交友, ut聊天室, 視訊聊天, 免費視訊聊天室, a片下載, av片, A漫, av dvd, av成人網, 聊天室, 成人論壇, 本土自拍, 自拍, A片, 愛情公寓, 情色, 舊情人, 情色貼圖, 情色文學, 情色交友, 色情聊天室, 色情小說, 一葉情貼圖片區, 情色小說, 色情, 色情遊戲, 情色視訊, 情色電影, aio交友愛情館, 色情a片, 一夜情, 辣妹視訊, 視訊聊天室, 免費視訊聊天, 免費視訊, 視訊, 視訊美女, 美女視訊, 視訊交友, 視訊聊天, 免費視訊聊天室, 情人視訊網, 影音視訊聊天室, 視訊交友90739, 成人影片, 成人交友,

免費A片, 本土自拍, AV女優, 美女視訊, 情色交友, 免費AV, 色情網站, 辣妹視訊, 美女交友, 色情影片, 成人影片, 成人網站, A片,H漫, 18成人, 成人圖片, 成人漫畫, 情色網, 日本A片, 免費A片下載, 性愛, 成人交友, 嘟嘟成人網, 成人電影, 成人, 成人貼圖, 成人小說, 成人文章, 成人圖片區, 免費成人影片, 成人遊戲, 微風成人, 愛情公寓, 情色, 情色貼圖, 情色文學, 做愛, 色情聊天室, 色情小說, 一葉情貼圖片區, 情色小說, 色情, 寄情築園小遊戲, 色情遊戲, 情色視訊,