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amunette

XL go bust, tourists stranded!!
« on: September 12, 2008 »
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  • Thousands of holidaymakers have been left stranded after Britain's third largest tour operator went into administration. A total of 85,000 people who booked holidays or flights through XL Leisure Group are thought to have been affected.

    The company blamed the move on volatile fuel prices and the economic downturn.

    All XL Airways flights have been cancelled and customers advised not to go to the airport.

    http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Business/XL-Leisure-Group-Holiday-Firm-Goes-Into-Administration-Holidaymakers-May-Be-Stranded/Article/200809215097918?lpos=Business_0&lid=ARTICLE_15097918_XL%2BLeisure%2BGroup%2BHoliday%2BFirm%2BGoes%2BInto%2BAdministration%252C%2BHolidaymakers%2BMay%2BBe%2BStranded



    grockle

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  • You were an 'early bird' on this one amunette !

    Understandably it is dominating the news headlines on most channels over here. Another airline gone bust and more talk about the fact that 'cheap' travel may be well and truly behind us.
    A little unexpected since the price of oil has dropped back towards 100 dollars per barrel.
    Perhaps we just want sensible flight prices which reflect the cost of getting to and from where we are going without the wild fluctuations in price on a seasonal or promotional basis ? We all like a bargain but this is no help when the airlines can't maintain their services.

    Lets hope that not too many of our fellow contributors have been caught up in this one but I expect there will be some, Friday being a popular day for TFS arrivals / departures.

    Right, back to the websites to look at future flight prices and remember to pay by credit card or take a package with a bonded agent !

    amunette

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  • LOL, I couldn't sleep!!  Awful for those caught up in it isn't it, poor sods.

    Falstaff

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  • We used XL a few years ago (stayed at Lagos de Cesar). Their flights were very basic. Since merging with Direct Holidays they tried to go up market and compete with Thomas Cook and Thomson. The problem was many of their expensive holidays didn?t have airport transfers which was a big drawback. If I want a half board 4 star holiday I would book through Thomson and if I want a cheap self catering holiday I use Travel Republic (also no transfers but very cheap so it pays for the car).

    Looks like holiday insurance considerations are becoming more and more important.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2008/09/12/bcnxl112.xml

    Offline maps

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    Re: XL go bust, tourists stranded!!
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  • Totally agree with you Falstaff just cost us a extra ?800 to flight on Sunday with monarch. If we didn?t have travel insurance god knows what we would have done     
    EVERYDAY WHEN I WAKE UP, I THANK THE LORD I'M WELSH

    Falstaff

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  • Sorry, XL merged with Travel City Direct, not Direct Holidays.

    Maps, what bad luck. You must feel absolutely gutted.

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    Re: XL go bust, tourists stranded!!
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  • Thank you Falstaff  gutted is not a word I would use. Something a bit stronger in 25 years I have known my wife I have never known her to swear so much. Roll on Sunday monarch can go to the wall when I?m out there, I wouldn?t care about getting home 
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    Re: XL go bust, tourists stranded!!
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  • How evil tour operators are I booked new flights for this Sunday @ ?385 each. Just had a look at a flight site gone up to ?547/ ?713 depending who you book with   
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    poolepirate

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  • How evil tour operators are I booked new flights for this Sunday @ ?385 each. Just had a look at a flight site gone up to ?547/ ?713 depending who you book with   


    It is a case of supply and demand I am afraid.

    Another airline not flying to Tenerife will make is worse for the rest of us I'm afraid although XL have not been as cheap as they once were for a while.

    My niece and husband to be were flying XL to Tenerife and onwards to Los Gigantes for their honeymoon this coming Tuesday for ten days from Birmingham. Flight cancelled obviously. They have been fortunate to find flights from Gatwick at ?348 each. These increased from ?325 each as we spoke on the phone to each other.

    grockle

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  • Very well done maps for keeping that stiff upper lip despite the crisis all around. Sorry to hear that you've been dropped in it by XL's demise.
    Hope you make it out to the sun asap.

    Saludos

    grockle

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    Re: XL go bust, tourists stranded!!
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  • There was an article in the financial pages of the Daily Mail in June/July saying that XL were in serious financial trouble and could go out of business.

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    Re: XL go bust, tourists stranded!!
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  • Monarch quoting ?650 one way Tenerife to Manchester tomorrow.

    Robbing barstewards.

    Falstaff

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  • BA?s chief executive has predicted that another 30 airlines will go out of business before Christmas. Given the prospect of  dwindling competition,  its clear that we can expect big increases in air fares from the greedy survivors.

    jambo

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  • Ok my tale of woe. Iwas booked with XL from Glasgow 19th Sep. Thankfully I start work early so heard the news at 05:30. I immediately booked two flights with Globespan at ?375 each. I looked later and the flight was fully booked an hour later. Later on I checked again and available flights on future days are coming in at ?1118 for two. Scary stuff and it does not bode well for Tenerife's tourism.

    grockle

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  • Agreed absolutely jambo,

    Less and less competition on the route means that they will continue to charge what they like and there seems to be no upper ceiling on what they think they can get away with. Tourism won't get far without tourists !

    The future doesn't look too bright on this occasion.

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    jambo

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    « Reply #16 on: September 13, 2008 »
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  • Well after the XL debacle my friend and I took stock of the situation. Firstly I was in a position to book an alternative flight, many others aren't and their holidays are ruined. It would have taken a lot to prevent me coming over and as my friend said "she would have swam if necessary" now knowing her swimming ability that would be cautiously optomistic. The point is we love the place and will no doubt overspend but at least help to boost the areas economy!

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    Re: XL go bust, tourists stranded!!
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  • According to an article on the financial pages of the Daily Mail today there are 9 schedule and charter airlines in the UK that are having severe financial problems and are likely to go out of business in the near future, ie before the end of the year. Wise precaution to make all future bookings for flights with a credit card to get some sort of cover if the airline you choose goes bust.

    Annie

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    « Reply #18 on: September 14, 2008 »
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  • I have also read that some debit cards may be covered in these cicumstances. This applies to Visa Debit cards but not Maestro .

    orange

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  • It is of course the passengers from the UK ONLY that will be charged like no other.

    XL still operate in Germany and France and can just increase capacity there.

    Known as Treasure Island to global companies with a present Government that is very selective
    in what they get involved in or take action on.

    Northern Rock is a fine example, the shareholders will get no more or less if it had ?merged?
    with another provider.  Deposits were covered, so why spend billions of taxpayer?s money to buy it?

    One reason of course, could be jobs after or during parliament, help those who will help you, executive
    directorships, advisers etc.

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    Re: XL go bust, tourists stranded!!
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  • What really winds me up about this is that on friday I was lucky ?? enough to be up at 7am and was able to rebook straightaway  with first choice and sort the   refund out later.I paid?630 for 2 tickets on 26th out of Gatwick , 30 mins later EXACTLY the same flights were on with Thomsons for ?850 .Some of the established companies have really taken the .... yes some of them are helping bring people home but are also cashing in big time on peoples bad luck .

    orange

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    « Reply #21 on: September 15, 2008 »
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  • Helping? Being paid by a Government Quango the CAA under various
    schemes (that all passengers would have contributed to in the
    first place).

    If you booked direct with XL (or any Flight Operator) - you have to pay
    again to get back. No doubt an excessive amount.

    There is now a much larger risk in 'doing it yourself' then
    taking a package holiday of some kind. Particularly on a
    normal main family holiday.

    At least this did not happen during the School Holidays.