Over the last few months I have noticed a lot of news reports about companies who offer package holidays (vacations for our US readers) going under.
Some leave their customers stranded.
Today the UK news is covering a company called LowCostHolidays who have now closed and according to a report on the BBC it has left 27,000 people already abroad and 110,000 with bookings for the future that they have already paid for. Money now lost for the majority.
The report goes on to say that the majority will only get £7.78 back as compensation.
A spokesperson for the administrators, Smith and Williamson, said: “It is only once claims are finalised that a specific figure for compensation will become evident. However, it does seem that the amount of compensation for holidaymakers will, very unfortunately, prove to be negligible – around 1 or 2%.”
Those already abroad will have to pay for the rest of their hotel accommodation and may also have to pay for another air ticket to get back home.
They quote Simon Holt, from Skipton in Yorkshire, who had to pay an extra £1,000 so that his daughter and her friend could stay in their hotel in Portugal.
So let me get this clear in my mind. Looking at just this one company we have close on 140,000 people who are going to be hundreds , if not thousands, of pounds out-of-pocket.
They, in good faith, saved their money and then used it to pay for their vacation. Now they have had it ruined and they have the extra financial burden.
This is just one company. If you read the news you will know another that specialises in vacations in Turkey closed last week and over the past months there have been a steady stream.
Do not be caught out!
Instead of paying a company loads of money to pack you like sardines onto one of their charter flights to an over populated resort, then being ‘organised’ by their rep throughout your stay in a small hotel room take the DIY approach.
Stay rent-free in a private house with all the home comforts.
Plan your own itinerary.
Go home having rested, enjoyed your time away and having saved a lot of money.
How? Use the worldwide services of Christian House Sitters.
You could be enjoying a rent-free vacation in one of the many other houses that we get all over the world.
Also if you need someone honest, reliable and with references to look after your home and if necessary your pets while you are away. Even if you are not in one of our houses. We will help you find someone free-of-charge.
Will this work for you?
Have a look at our website www.Christian-housesitters.com
God bless you,
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