Ten per cent surcharge 'affects holidays'
26 January 2009 10:22
Last-minute holidays have often been used as ways of getting cheap cut-price deals but as the pound continues to nose-dive against the euro, Brits could be forced to pay extra for their breaks.
As travel companies seek their own methods of recouping lost money, a legal ten per cent surcharge, which is usually hidden in the small print of a booking, is being added to the cost of a holiday.
However it's not just the last minute bookers that may be met with these extra charges, as 19 different tour operators have applied to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), looking for authorisation to add the charge to holidays already booked.
Francis Tuke, a spokeswoman for ABTA, believes that this potentially is only the start of surcharge applications.
She said: "It is a real nuisance for operators to add these surcharges but necessary to protect the future of these businesses."
Tourists must remember that despite the fact the euro has added almost £200 to a standard £1,000 holiday; they should still make sure they are covered by the right type of travel insurance.
Research from Kayak.co.uk has found 40 per cent of the people they questioned booked holidays as early as six months in advance.