Travel Gift

Marco 1972

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Any advice appreciated......

Looking to book a holiday abroad (Europe) as a surprise gift for a couple as an anniversary gift, I have been deputised as it were by the family.

just enquiring if it is possible to put dwn a booking deposit now and at least be able to hand a gift envelope over on their big day.

any tour operators giving a bit of lee way on this....

l am worried l would have to commit to dates, full amount etc at this stage,

anyone in a similar situation ?
 

Grizzly

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I am not sure that everyone would appreciate a gift of a holiday abroad at the moment. I certainly wouldn't.
 

Jim2007

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You have no idea when it will be over nor how comfortable people will be about traveling, being the first to try the new vaccine etc...

Fire up a graphics pr0gram and make a gift certificate of your own. That way there is nothing to lose.
 
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David1234

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I would be very reluctant to put a deposit down now for something that may not happen for some time.

It’s a nice idea but not practical.
 

Marco 1972

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Cheers...
thanks for the idea of DIY gift card....

may enquire if the likes of trailfinders are doing something equivalent not that it was suggested.....
 

Gordon Gekko

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I think there’s far too much uncertainty around to be putting down money with anyone for a trip.

Some people may remain uneasy about travelling for quite a while.

Many travel agents will go bust.

Yes there is IATA bonding, but can they cover mass bankruptcies.

There’ll be all sort of messing with vouchers etc.

I suspect that flights will be cancelled/moved around a hell of a lot during the recovery period.

I genuinely think it’s a terrible idea; literally one of the least sensible purchases right now.
 

Marco 1972

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Will be interesting to see how the industry get out of this Covid hole and the multiple scenarios like mine that they will have to deal with,,,
 

Marsha25

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I agree with a DIY voucher. There's no way I'd hand over a cent to a travel company at present. Of course the promise of a holiday wouldn't be much of a gift given they may never get going, so if it were me/my family, I'd have a rethink.
 

Leo

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I also agree with the DIY voucher approach. How many travel providers will go out of business and even if bonded, would they appreciate the pain that will be involved chasing a refund?
 
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