A GRIEVING son was forced to scrap a dream trip to Orlando after his bank cancelled his card just hours before he was due to fly.Terry Finnegan, 54, had £400 stolen from his Santander account by scammers and the bank blocked the card without asking him.But Terry, who had been planning on taking his mother on a trip to America after his father died of cancer last year, said he was shocked when he was told the holiday could not be postponed, and that he would lose out on the £1,500 he had paid for the trip.Speaking to the Sun Online, Terry said: “We had booked the holiday, booked insurance and booked the car when Santander messaged me, asking me to check some recent transactions.“I rang the bank and they told me there had been hundreds taken out of my account so they stopped my card there and then.“By this time, the banks had closed and we had to be at the airport the next morning – there was no way of getting any cash out, or getting a card before we … [Read more...] about Grieving son’s holiday ruined as bank cancels his card hours before flight – and Thomas Cook won’t refund him
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AS a nation of animal lovers, Brits want to make sure their furry friends are covered in case of any illness or accident.But some pet owners are finding their insurance premiums rising dramatically without warning — or insurers throwing out claims on flimsy grounds.Sinead Corliss was thankful she had insurance when her cat Tinkerbell needed lifesaving liver surgery in November 2015 — at a cost of more than £7,000.But now Sinead, 35, is stuck paying a monthly premium of £42 for her policy with Direct Line — up from around £16 when she first took it out.To make matters worse, she has nearly reached the £8,000 limit for claims for Tinkerbell’s liver condition.That means she herself must foot the yearly bill of £720 for tablets and £260 for blood tests.The hairdressing tutor, from Chingford in East London, told Sun Money: “I would never have had the money to pay for the surgery, so I’m very glad I had … [Read more...] about Cat owner covered for £7,000 op, but insurance policy did not cover pills… do you have the right cover?
THOUSANDS of holidaymakers have abandoned plans to travel to Florida and parts of the Caribbean due to a huge hurricane that is battering the coastline.The state of Florida is now facing its biggest-ever evacuation with nearly two million people being warned to flee Hurricane Matthew.The category four storm’s 120mph winds are beating down on the state after causing havoc in Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.We’ve heard from holidaymakers who’ve had their flights and holidays cancelled as well as hundreds of Thomas Cook customers who were left stranded in their hotel in Cuba.It has also forced theme parks, such as Legoland and Seaworld Florida to shut their doors.But what are your rights if your holiday if affected by the storm? We answer your questions:Unfortunately you can’t usually claim compensation for a flight delay or cancellation which occurs as a result of bad weather – although under EU rules if your flight’s cancelled, you will at … [Read more...] about Hurricane Matthew forces airlines to cancel flights – what are your rights if your holiday is affected?
Travel insurers are paying out £1million a day to cover the costs of mishaps such as cancelled trips and medical treatment abroad, according to industry figures.The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said that, last year, its members paid out £365million to people who needed help when they were abroad.The average medical expenses claim paid was more than £1,200, and the average cancellation claim was £800.The main cost of claims was for emergency medical treatment, with insurers paying more than £196million on related expenses. More than 166,000 travellers claimed for medical treatment.Insurers also paid out £128million to cover the cost of cancelled holidays and £16million to cover the cost of lost baggage and money while travelling.The ABI said that, despite the payouts, previous research from travel association ABTA has found that more than one in five people still risk travelling uninsured.Mark Shepherd, manager for general insurance at the … [Read more...] about Holiday mishaps cost insurers £1million a day
By entering the Promotion, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions (these Terms and Conditions ). Completion and submission of an entry form or e-mail will also be deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Promotional materials relating to the Promotion, including all information on how to enter the Promotion published in publications of the Promoter (including social media if applicable) or on the Promoter’s websites, also form part of these Terms and Conditions. In the event of any conflict between any terms referred to in such promotional materials and these Terms and Conditions, these Terms and Conditions take precedence. Participation in the Promotion 1. Residents of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland aged 18 or over only, except employees and agents of the Promoter, News Corp UK & Ireland Limited and anyone otherwise connected with the operation or fulfilment of the … [Read more...] about Holiday to Florence competition terms and conditions
TOUR operators have started selling holidays to Sharm el Sheikh again - despite the Government warning against flying to the area unless it’s essential.Tourist travel to the Egyptian resort was suspended in December 2015 after a Russian passenger plane was blown out of the sky, killing 224 people.Since then the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice has warned against "all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh".While the essential-only advice only applies to air travel not the resort of Sharm el Sheikh and surrounding tourist areas, it still states that there is a “high threat from terrorism in Egypt” because "terrorists continue to plan and conduct attacks".But Thomas Cook and Thomson have now started accepting bookings for this autumn - despite the fact the trips may not go ahead if the warnings remain in place.Investigators for the consumer website www.aspokesmansaid.com found that little mention was made of the danger when they … [Read more...] about Tour operators are selling holidays to Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh – despite Government advice NOT to travel there
HOLIDAYS can be spoiled or ruined by airline travel, especially when your flight is delayed or cancelled.If your summer holiday was affected by delays or cancellations, then you might be eligible for financial compensation.Earlier this year, five major airline companies were accused of failing to pay compensation to more than 200,000 passengers, so it’s crucial for flyers to know their rights.If your flight is cancelled, you have the legal right to either a full refund within seven days or a replacement flight.The rules are little complex but it goes as follows...If your flight is delayed by three hours or more and you were flying to or from a European airport, or with an EU-based airline such as Ryanair or British Airways.Then you can claim compensation up to €250 (£229) for short-haul flights and €400 (£367) for mid-haul flights and €600 (£548) for long-haul flights.But the airline might not payout if it's out of their control, eg, … [Read more...] about Has your flight been delayed or cancelled this summer? How to claim back HUNDREDS of pounds
BRITISH travellers have been left fuming after Ryanair cancelled yet more flights disrupting journeys right through to March 2018.After warning 315,000 passengers their flights will be axed following a disastrous administration blunder, the low-cost airline has now admitted that more planes will be grounded affecting more than 400,000 travellers. We've got the lowdown...Ryanair cancelled about 170 flights the weekend the chaos was announced with about 40 to 50 more axed every day until the end of the summer season on October 28.But the troubled airline announced on September 27 that it is grounding 25 of its 400 aircraft from this November to March 2018 because of pilot shortages.And the Civil Aviation Authority has also threatened legal action against the airline for “persistently misleading passengers with inaccurate information” over their rights.Ryanair has suspended 34 routes over the winter as the blunder over pilots’ holidays rumbles on, and it has … [Read more...] about Ryanair cancelled flights – latest news on flights affected by pilot shortage and compensation information
First, the good news: your holiday is probably safe.Travel security specialist International SOS have released their annual Travel Risk Map for 2017 and it makes for scary viewing.They polled more than a thousand business leaders around the world, 72% of whom believed travelling became more dangerous last year. More than half (57%) believe it will become even more perilous over the next twelve months.But unless you we planning a trip to Afghanistan or a cruise of the Gulf of Aden, the likelihood of stumbling into a warzone or other dangerous situation is low.The map filters risks into medical, travel security and road safety.For travel security - risk of terrorism and the like - most of your holiday favourites get a low or insignificant risk rating.The medical filter is slightly more alarming: a vast swathe of beige denotes ‘rapidly developing variable risk’. That sounds a bit like ‘we're not sure what’s happening here but you don’t particularly want to … [Read more...] about Terror attacks, civil unrest, inadequate healthcare, road accidents…where to avoid if you want a safe summer holiday
Iraq has a long tourist tradition. Historians see the strip of Mesopotamia between the Euphrates and the Tigris - ancient Babylon - as the cradle of Western civilization. The region is still rich in historical and archaeological sights, but the two Gulf wars all but killed off its tourist trade. Now tourists are beginning to trickle back in, but they are mainly adventurous individuals. There are no Baghdad package tours. At least, not yet. HinterlandTravel is an agency that offers trips to Afghanistan and Iraq. Its boss, Geoff Hann, has regularly traveled across the countries near the Hindukush throughout the past 40 years. He describes his average customer as either an older person who visited Iraq or Afghanistan decades ago, or a traveler who wants to tick off the last two countries on his "must-see" list. Adventure – yes, danger – no A huge tourism trade fair is currently gathering in Berlin Karl Born, who teaches tourism management at the University of Applied … [Read more...] about Travel agency offers holidays in war zones