Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Is this deal for Florida just too good?
Simon Calder is Travel Editor at Large for The Independent, writing a weekly column, various articles and features as well as filming a weekly video diary. Every Sunday afternoon, Simon presents the UK's only radio travel phone-in programme called The LBC Travel Show with Simon Calder (97.3 FM). He is a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast, Daybreak, ITV News and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC Radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme and BBC Five Live.
Wednesday 05 June 2013
Q. I am planning a trip to Florida, and have found basically the same holiday to International Drive in Orlando for £600 less through Travel Republic than through Thomson. Should I have any worries - the price seems too good?
A. Don't worry about financial security. Travel Republic is a highly successful online travel agent, selling air tickets in combination with accommodation. It is part of an even bigger company (DNATA), and therefore your money is safe. The one significant difference: if you book a package holiday through Thomson, you get the benefits of the Package Travel Regulations, which basically say that whatever goes wrong with the holiday, the tour operator has to sort it out. This does not apply with Travel Republic, whose business model is summed up by: "We will find some flights and accommodation, but your contract is with the provider".
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