This holiday company must have a good sense of humour.

@Asylum (48266)
Manchester, England
June 3, 2016 4:30pm CST
Earlier today I went online looking for a holiday and booked a week in Turkey. The package involved flying from Manchester airport on 7th June and 7 days at a hotel in Lara Beach. I also booked a resort transfer and luggage. Shortly after paying in full for the booking I received a call on my mobile from the company. They claim that the chosen flight is fully booked, but they can provide an alternative at double the price. Yes, you guessed right, I absolutely refused to accept a flight at twice the cost. Now they intend to check with the airline tomorrow and call me again, but as far as I am concerned I either get the offered flight cost or a full refund. Did they seriously think that I would just agree?
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@jaboUK (54872)
• United Kingdom
3 Jun 16
That's ridiculous - I'm betting that they will get it for you at the original price. They are just trying it on.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
They have not contacted me yet, but whatever they claim I will not pay extra.
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@LoriAMoore (4675)
• United States
3 Jun 16
The nerve of them to try to pull that kind of bait-and-switch.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
3 Jun 16
It is obviously not a regular stunt because I have used the site before. Of course I cannot help but wonder how many people have ended up paying more than they had intended as a result of something similar.
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@LadyDuck (171417)
• Switzerland
4 Jun 16
Are they serious? This is ridiculous, it's almost sounds like a scam. Try to menace them Barry, may be they will find a place for you.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
I made it perfectly clear that I was not in a higher priced fare. Today I received confirmation of my original booking.
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@LadyDuck (171417)
• Switzerland
4 Jun 16
@Asylum I am glad that the problem is over. So you are going to leave after tomorrow. Lucky you, the weather must be beautiful down there.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
@LadyDuck If I had failed to organise the holiday I would have been in serious trouble from the Mylot postcard girls.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
4 Jun 16
I seemed to have missed some of your posts - they are cheeky, surely if it went through on line it was secured. I would never pay double for a flight. It sounds lovely - I hope that you get something sorted. You like Turkey - I will have to check out Lara beach oh and BTW I have never gotten a post stamp from TURKEY
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
Today I received confirmation at the original price, so I will be flying out on Tuesday. I have printed all the tickets and vouchers, but your comment has reminded me that I still need to print a copy of the postcard addresses to take with me. I would not dare fly to Turkey without it.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
@Inlemay I have been to Lara Beach before p, so I know that I will enjoy it. You are not the only postcard girl here, so I would never be so brave as to forget.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
5 Jun 16
@Asylum appreciate your obedience
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@BelleStarr (39623)
• United States
4 Jun 16
My question is why was it still available to book if it was sold out? Seems the error is on their part for use and I would guess they are required to honor the price.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
The site does specify that the booking is not complete until confirmed by them, which probably constitutes a loophole.
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@BelleStarr (39623)
• United States
5 Jun 16
@Asylum I hope you will hear back that they can arrange another well priced flight.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
5 Jun 16
@BelleStarr They actually sent me confirmation for the original choice at the original price, so I will be flying on Tuesday.
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@Lucky15 (33718)
• Philippines
4 Jun 16
Who wanted to pay double? Na ah
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
I paid £50 for luggage because the airline is Thomsonfly who only allow 5 Kilo hand luggage. I could have booked Easyjet and avoided hold luggage, so I will not pay more again for the flight.
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@Lucky15 (33718)
• Philippines
4 Jun 16
@Asylum no way josè
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
@Lucky15 I have now been offered my flight at the original price.
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@Blondie2222 (22388)
• United States
5 Jun 16
I would not agree to that either. I hope they can get you on that flight or refund your money back, good luck
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
6 Jun 16
The flight was confirmed after all, so the suggestion of being unavailable now seems even more suspicious.
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@Blondie2222 (22388)
• United States
6 Jun 16
@Asylum yes it does and I hope it was not a scam
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
6 Jun 16
@Blondie2222 Since I now how have the original price it does not really matter.
@moffittjc (44697)
• Gainesville, Florida
4 Jun 16
Sounds like a classic bait-and-switch technique. Sadly, it must work, if they keep doing things like that. Obviously, there must be people out there accepting their "deal" for a different flight at twice the cost! I hope everything works out for you!
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
It has got more suspicious now because I have been sent confirmation of the original booking at the original price.
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@moffittjc (44697)
• Gainesville, Florida
4 Jun 16
@Asylum Airlines overbook flights all the time, at least here in the United States. That's why I always make sure to get to the airport several hours early, and check-in with the flight as soon as I can, to ensure I get a seat on the plane.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
@moffittjc I can understand overbooking by travel agents since they are all offering the same flights, but the airline has no excuse.
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• United States
4 Jun 16
Yes, they did, because many people do. Personally, I'm with you. Give me what I paid for, or give me back my money, all of it.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
Even if the price had still been good I would refuse. I hate anyone trying to deceive me.
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• United States
4 Jun 16
@Asylum I agree. They think we are all stupid, and treat us as if our wallets are theirs.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace Surprisingly it must work with many people, which will only ensure that this practice continues.
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@garymarsh6 (14418)
• United Kingdom
4 Jun 16
What cads, They accept your booking then try and rip you off for what you had agreed. I would certainly be quoting them the sale of goods act and that you have already agreed a contract with them to provide you with your holiday and flight. They can not now come back and demand more. They are in contravention of the sale of goods act. They either provide you with that flight for the agreed price or they give you full compensation and a bit of compo for the distress they have caused! What blighters!
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
II suspect that the Sale of Goods Act would not apply because the site states that the booking is only valid once confirmed by email. Nevertheless I will not be paying a higher price than agreed.
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@garymarsh6 (14418)
• United Kingdom
4 Jun 16
@Asylum Damn right I would not pay a penny more! Cheeky sods!
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
@garymarsh6 I recall a similar incident with another site a few years ago, where the price rose only £20. I would have happily paid £20 more originally, but declined when they requested extra.
@pgntwo (21996)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
3 Jun 16
Chancing their arm, I'd say. I hope it works out to your advantage - overbooking on commercial flights used to be a common occurrence, never heard of it on the budget or charter airlines.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
3 Jun 16
This can happen because many online sites are offering the same flight.
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@pgntwo (21996)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
3 Jun 16
@Asylum Of course, that is bound to happen too where a consolidater makes a mistake. Their error does not mean they offer you a price increase.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
3 Jun 16
@pgntwo I fully agree, but seems as though they cannot resist trying to benefit from it.
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@Drosophila (16702)
• Ireland
3 Jun 16
Indeed! I'd consider it if it's like 10quid more! Double the price NO
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
An extra £20 would not bother me, but I still be displeased.
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@Drosophila (16702)
• Ireland
4 Jun 16
@Asylum ya don't blame you
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Jun 16
Maybe they thought it was worth a try.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
8 Jun 16
This is the most likely reason, but they were sadly wrong.
• Preston, England
4 Jun 16
pretty audacious of them to try that - hope you do get your flight and break ok and yes a full refund should be the only real alternative
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
It has got sillier because now I have confirmation of the original booking.
@ida123 (6242)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
4 Jun 16
I won't bother to pay the extra payment.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
I have absolutely no intention of paying the extra.
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@Platespinner (17047)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
4 Jun 16
I wouldn't pay the extra...I wonder how many people would?
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
That would depend on the circumstances. If someone has told their child about the holiday it may be more difficult to refuse.
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@allknowing (68883)
• India
3 Jun 16
Ofcourse you will not.Perhaps they know about your love for holidaying that they feel you will go no matter what (lol)
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 Jun 16
I have used that same site several times, so I am regular customer. That does not make me conducive to being for a fool.
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@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
3 Jun 16
I haven't experienced that situation when I booked flights online, but someone once told me that that I couldn't get the hotel room that I wanted. They offered me another room which was MUCH more expensive. I am glad I didn't accept that room.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
3 Jun 16
This is a good reason for booking the flight and hotel together, otherwise you would be under more pressure to accept.
@Corbin5 (113412)
• United States
3 Jun 16
Surprised those words came out of the airline employee's mouth. I bet some who are desperate actually do pay double, but glad you are not desperate in the least.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
3 Jun 16
It would be a more difficult decision for someone who has told their children that they are going on holiday. People select holidays to suit their budget, so adding £200 per person would make a vast difference.
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