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    krity is offline Member
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    Default The dangers of Do-It-Yourself holidays

    Over 20 million holidaymakers will take a DIY holiday this summer and I wonder how many of those holidaymakers realise that they have no financial protection if their airline or hotel chain goes bust. The increase in low cost airlines has certainly made consumers more confident.

    The dangers of Do-It-Yourself holidays

    Its important to know the dangers of DIY holidays

    If you have booked your holiday with a company that goes out of business, you might not be able to get your money back and worse still, you could be left stranded abroad. If you pay with your credit card then you can only reclaim the money back if the value totals 100 on each part of your holiday.

    New airlines struggling

    Oasis Hong Kong went into administration earlier this year and left passengers stranded in Hong Kong. What was a low cost flight turned into an expensive one as they would have had to pay for a flight back to the UK. A number of airlines including Cathay Pacific helped passengers out, by offering discounted flights for those affected.

    Consumer experiences

    It took those passengers who had paid by credit card, over 2 months to get the money back, and you can read about their experiences on this blog post, which provides some valuable advice from consumers who have gone through the process of trying to get a refund from an airline due to insolvency.

    Insurance to protect DIY travellers

    I am surprised that more insurance companies have not created policies which include cover should the airline or hotel go into administration. Tonight, I spent some time looking around a few travel insurance companies websites, and I could not find a policy which copes with Do-It-Yourself travellers.

    Id be interested to hear any nightmare DIY holiday stories, or have you travelled without any glitches.
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    Well, one trick that will ensure that your DIY holiday will not go wrong is to have good information. You should always check if the info that you are getting are indeed correct.
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    Useful information for all DIY travelers.

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    I think the best thing for a DIY holiday is to go at the last minute. This way, if a company goes bust, it is unlikely to do so a day or two after you have booked.

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    You raised a valid issue faced by lot of travelers, while booking their holiday package, they should confirm the reliability of travel agency hired for the services, if you are going with do-it-yourself concept, then there is no issue, but the problem can be vast after booking your trip with unknown names of the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krity View Post
    Over 20 million holidaymakers will take a DIY holiday this summer and I wonder how many of those holidaymakers realise that they have no financial protection if their airline or hotel chain goes bust. The increase in low cost airlines has certainly made consumers more confident.

    The dangers of Do-It-Yourself holidays

    It’s important to know the dangers of DIY holidays

    If you have booked your holiday with a company that goes out of business, you might not be able to get your money back and worse still, you could be left stranded abroad. If you pay with your credit card then you can only reclaim the money back if the value totals 100 on each part of your holiday.

    New airlines struggling

    Oasis Hong Kong went into administration earlier this year and left passengers stranded in Hong Kong. What was a low cost flight turned into an expensive one as they would have had to pay for a flight back to the UK. A number of airlines including Cathay Pacific helped passengers out, by offering discounted flights for those affected.

    Consumer experiences

    It took those passengers who had paid by credit card, over 2 months to get the money back, and you can read about their experiences on this blog post, which provides some valuable advice from consumers who have gone through the process of trying to get a refund from an airline due to insolvency.

    Insurance to protect DIY travellers

    I am surprised that more insurance companies have not created policies which include cover should the airline or hotel go into administration. Tonight, I spent some time looking around a few travel insurance companies websites, and I could not find a policy which copes with Do-It-Yourself travellers.

    I’d be interested to hear any nightmare DIY holiday stories, or have you travelled without any glitches.
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    i think do it yourself travels are as same as backpackers do. right? and most of the insurance companies provide covers for backpackers too.

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    A very informative information.
    thanks

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    Nice information, Thanks for the useful post.

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