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Poster: A snowHead
Sat 16-01-21 18:06
Replies: 68
I should be in an airport hotel, having a drink with our friends, ahead of flying to Geneva tomorrow, and a week in Peisey-Vallandry. All cancelled/postponed to next year.
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Mon 11-01-21 21:40
Replies: 216
Wrote it off a while ago (it had been booked since last February and we’re supposed to go next Sunday) but the operator was still planning to open, up until about a month ago. They’re now not opening until mid-February and I fully expect that to be shelved. We’ve re-arranged it for 12 months hence, and hoping things will be saner by then.
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Wed 30-12-20 20:37
Replies: 50
@Ricklovesthepowder, - I’ve had success with this recipe although I didn’t eat it myself! Too creamy/cheesy for me, but the others declared it a triumph 8-) https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/tartiflette_59096
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Tue 29-12-20 21:03
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Wed 9-12-20 13:53
Replies: 92
^^I agree but how can he be prevented from simply starting again, when the flagrancy of his past dealings seem to be ignored? How can he be permitted to simply start again, with ‘new’ money? Do his new backers even know, or care, about his history? It stinks :evil:
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Wed 9-12-20 9:50
Replies: 92
So, AE can “place” itself in administration, owing 2500 customers money from LAST season, whilst still taking money from others for the coming season, at the same time as - apparently - fraudulently claiming to hold ATOL and/or ABTA licences, and STILL be able to purchase “the brand, goodwill and trademark” in order to start up again?
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Wed 2-12-20 15:17
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Does anybody have return EJ Man/GVA flights on 17/1, back 24/1? If so, have you been advised they are cancelled? They have disappeared from the schedule, but no official notification. They’re via a TO and when querying if they’re cancelled, we’re told they’re not.
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Tue 1-12-20 21:06
Replies: 76
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Tue 1-12-20 16:36
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Does anybody have return EJ Man/GVA flights on 17/1, back 24/1? If so, have you been advised they are cancelled? Ours have disappeared from the schedule, but no official notification.
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Sat 28-11-20 18:07
Replies: 390
We have had a Club Med holiday to France booked since early Feb 2020, going 17 January 21; yesterday we were advised that we could take a refund or ATOL-protected credit note and rebook for any time (including summer), up 12 months after our original trip should take place. Given the uncertainty of what/where will be open, current high case and death numbers in U.K. and France, lack of suitable insurance in place for some of our group etc., we accepted the credit; frankly, it wasn’t a hard decision. Today, we had a call from CM advising that they plan to have all their hotels open, in all Alpine resorts and countries, on 17th January, so did we want to reconsider? We’re not. This information offered here, purely to show that the ‘mid-January opening’ seems to be having a hat hung on it....
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Fri 13-11-20 12:10
Replies: 21
@alexcarter, welcome to SnowHeads - try posting your requirements on the Solutions Room here www.chaletsdirect.com I’ve seen several independent chalet operators offering Covid assurances but, as always, the devil will be in the detail.
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Sun 8-11-20 9:01
Replies: 441
@smagsmith, I think in many cases, EJ aren’t letting people know, presumably as the sooner they do, the quicker they’ll have to refund. That might be a cynical view, and perhaps others have had/are having a different experience
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Sat 7-11-20 9:41
Replies: 441
We have EJ flights as part of a package, Sunday flights, mid-January Man/GVA and return. The outbound is still showing, but the return has disappeared, as in no flights at all that day or a few days either side. I’ll wait for the TO to advise what they’re proposing but the whole trip has been looking improbable for a while, so just another nail in the coffin. - have queried with the TO and its replied that the flights are confirmed, no change to the schedule.....
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Thu 5-11-20 22:45
Replies: 441
We have EJ flights as part of a package, Sunday flights, mid-January Man/GVA and return. The outbound is still showing, but the return has disappeared, as in no flights at all that day or a few days either side. I’ll wait for the TO to advise what they’re proposing but the whole trip has been looking improbable for a while, so just another nail in the coffin.
Poster: A snowHead
Sat 3-10-20 16:12
Replies: 10
@crush157, welcome to SnowHeads - as above, I’d say you’d be very unlucky not to have decent snow at New Year, so hope you get there and the children have a great first ski holiday.
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Tue 29-09-20 15:19
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@Eggfried, if anyone could accurately predict the answer, they’d be very rich. We have a holiday booked for January, booked last February. We have to pay the balance next week, or lose a hefty deposit. We (group of 6 friends), after getting written assurance from our travel insurers that we will be covered if either the operator cancels or we can’t travel due to restrictions, have decided we will proceed, and pay with a credit card. We’re then just crossing fingers, lighting candles, praying. It will be what it will be, but having agonised over what to do, will now sit it out.
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Tue 22-09-20 20:40
Replies: 889
@Michelle63, worth asking your insurance? I wrote to ours (LV) recently as we’re in the same situation as you; question and response as here:- We have a holiday booked for January 2021, booked in February 2020. The balance is due in October. If we pay the balance, but then are unable to travel due to illness, further restrictions or lockdown, are we covered? Earlier this year, there WAS an FAQ on your website, dealing with this specific question, but it is no longer there. Reply Yes you will be covered so you would pay the balance as that's part of your holiday contract and if you can't go due to the above you will be covered
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Tue 22-09-20 16:25
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Section 75 question if anyone knows please? Our group’s balances are due in a few weeks, holiday booked last February. We’re all planning on paying with credit cards for the additional security, but one person doesn’t have a credit card - if another couple pay her balance on their card (she’ll give them the cash), and the worst happens, can the Section 75 claim be made for the three people who paid on that card? Sorry if it’s a daft question with an obvious answer, but never had to do it before. TIA
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Sun 13-09-20 21:20
Replies: 441
Does anyone know what would happen if the EJ flights our TO has us booked on (MAN/GVA mid January) as part of a package, were to be cancelled? Would the TO have to find us alternatives? Could they charge more if those alternatives are now more expensive (to them)?
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Sat 12-09-20 17:35
Replies: 219
We are with LV - have been for about four years, renewing annual policies, and have never claimed. I emailed them two questions last week, as I wanted the responses in writing, and got very prompt and satisfactory replies. The main question was regarding our January 21 ski holiday, booked early last February, as the (not inconsiderable) balance is due next month. If we pay it, in the midst of a “known situation”, but then can’t travel, are we covered? Answer is yes, as we had the policy in place from December last year and booked before FCO advice against travel. You never really know how good an insurer is, until you have to claim, but responses so far are reassuring, alongside above comments from @Timc, and @LaForet,
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Sun 6-09-20 19:08
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This prompted me to check our mid-January Man-GVA flights, and all ok so far, thankfully
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Sun 23-08-20 11:48
Replies: 7
@smclean0, Marcellus, a SnowHead, has a company specialising in this www.livetheseason.com or PM him on his username of........ Marcellus
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Tue 14-07-20 7:03
Replies: 50
@Bella2015, we’ve done what you’re planning (in chalets or apartments), many times. I think the Alps are fantastic for summer family holidays, and the drive is part of the fun (for me anyway, as OH prefers to drive). Les Gets, Samoens, Morillon, St Gervais (discovered in the summer, loved it, skied there a couple of times since), will all give you plenty to do and see with easy access to amenities. Try www.chaletsdirect.com for accommodation; there is a Solutions Room bulletin board where you can place a request and owners can respond. Finally, if you’re driving, I’d suggest 10 to 14 days might be better. I’m quite jealous!
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Mon 13-07-20 14:21
Replies: 70
@Snowfinders, sad news for any company but given issues surrounding them and others this year, perhaps not a shock. Out of interest, which are the others that have succumbed? I know of Ski Val
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Sun 12-07-20 14:58
Replies: 10
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Sun 12-07-20 12:19
Replies: 10
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Sat 11-07-20 19:37
Replies: 10
@ianvip, we loved it, both times. We didn’t have children in the group but there were plenty there (outside school holiday weeks) and they seemed to be well catered for. The ski school meets outside the ski room door, and the kids clubs are alongside the ski room so all very convenient. BTW the bus you need, picks up just below the CM staff quarters (you’ll see it, across the plateau from the ski room exit) and is like a big pink minibus....
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Sat 11-07-20 18:55
Replies: 10
@ianvip, we stayed there this year (and previously) and hired from Ski Loc (Snow Brainer site should list it, but make sure it’s the shop at 1600, not in the village) on both occasions. It’s a walk across the plateau to the bus stop, then a two minute ride to the upper village - anyone with more than a week’s skiing, can ski back down. Service is excellent, and the cost is less than half that of CM. You do trade that for the convenience of having your pre-ordered kit ready in your locker, but otherwise ......
Poster: A snowHead
Mon 22-06-20 18:38
Replies: 42
@Ricklovesthepowder, something to consider is that many catered chalets won’t accept children in a shared chalet. Obvious exceptions are the likes of Esprit but not sure being in a chalet with lots of other families, is quite what you’re looking for (or very romantic....)
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Tue 16-06-20 19:40
Replies: 228
Just had the refund email advising credit has been made to my card; this was for flights 5th and 12th May, cancelled a week before each sector, so just over the 28 days lower limit, rather than the 90 days EJ gave themselves. - money in account today, following email on Saturday
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Sun 14-06-20 17:16
Replies: 20
The season can continue through to mid-April (even later in some places) with the Easter school holidays, peak weeks, if Easter falls early. When in March would you want to be finished, as too early (and if you’re honest with any potential employer), could make you a less attractive candidate
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Sat 13-06-20 17:09
Replies: 228
Just had the refund email advising credit has been made to my card; this was for flights 5th and 12th May, cancelled a week before each sector, so just over the 28 days lower limit, rather than the 90 days EJ gave themselves.
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Tue 9-06-20 22:35
Replies: 228
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Tue 9-06-20 19:50
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@Grizzler, @Grandma Sunshine, can I ask what dates your cancelled flights were for? Just trying to assess what sort of timeline for my refund arriving (early May flights cancelled). Thanks
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Wed 27-05-20 18:10
Replies: 4
@JJaddill, I haven’t been to St Moritz CM, but have others and echo @klwood, in that CM hire is expensive so if you can conveniently hire offsite, do that. You’ll have an on-site ski locker regardless of where the kit is from. Enjoy CM, we always do
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Wed 22-04-20 20:09
Replies: 56
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Fri 17-04-20 10:36
Replies: 1220
@oldschool72, maybe look at LV (if they are now taking new customers again) - we have an annual family policy with winter sports cover, but when we recently needed to decide whether or not to pay the balance on a June holiday, the Coronavirus specific FAQs advised we WOULD be covered if we subsequently needed to cancel due to a continuing lockdown or against FCO advice. In the event, we cancelled the holiday before paying the balance, losing just the deposit. Of course, new policies may exclude anything Coronavirus related
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Thu 16-04-20 17:10
Replies: 80
@Andrew Stuart, @Mr.Egg, @albob, thanks all. In the event, we’ve paid the flight deposit element via CC, at c. £170, with the original main deposit (much more.....) paid via transfer, so feel confident now that, together with our insurance, we’re covered. Hopefully, we won’t need to be.....
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Thu 9-04-20 12:25
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Hi and welcome to snowheads - you have a PM
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Wed 1-04-20 7:01
Replies: 28
Our annual policy renews early December - never claimed on it (or any other travel insurance) but as the ramifications of all this should be clearer by then, I think likely it will go up sharply.
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