Thomas Cook Ceases Trading - What Now?

Thomas cook holidays

If you were planning to travel with Thomas Cook please see below.

I’m due to travel before 1 May 2020 - what will happen with my booking?

We have contacted all customers who are due to travel prior to 1 May and have made suitable arrangements with regards to their booking.

I’m due to travel from 1 May 2020 onwards – when will I hear about my booking?

We want you to be able to continue with your On the Beach holiday, so we will take all reasonable steps to find you a suitable replacement flight at a reasonable cost at no extra cost to you. If we can't find a replacement flight, we will refund your holiday in full.

As it is currently so soon after the collapse of a major airline there is an extreme lack of flight availability in the market at the moment, which means that we are not yet able to confirm this replacement flight. However, we expect this situation to improve in the coming weeks as more flight capacity will be added, and we are therefore confident that we will be able to replace your flight. It may take us some time to do this as we are working through bookings in date order, but rest assured that we will do all that we can to find a suitable replacement flight for you.

All customers due to travel from 1st May onwards will have received an email from us on 1st October to confirm these steps. We will follow this with a further email update by mid-October. Thank you once again for your patience and understanding during this time.

You’ve told me to wait while you replace my flight – how do I know you’ll be able to replace it and can I cancel?

We are aware that some customers are worried that we won’t be able to find alternative flights given the shortage of flight seats currently available. Please be aware that although flight prices and availability are currently volatile (as they always are immediately after a major airline failure), this will settle down shortly and we expect that more flight capacity will be added and we will be able to replace your flight. We’ll keep you regularly updated.

Because we are confident we will be able to replace your flight, we don’t want you to cancel now as we believe you can still take your holiday. We will keep this policy under review and will keep you updated.

My booking has been cancelled – when will I receive a refund?

If you have received an email from us confirming that your booking has been cancelled, you should log into 'My Bookings' to claim your refund.

Once claimed your refund can take 3-5 days to appear in your account. Please note that due to legislation around money laundering we are only able to process refunds to the same card/account that was used to make the initial payment.

I had a problem claiming my refund

We are aware that a small number of customers have seen an error message when trying to claim a refund. This is due to temporary system issues due to the unprecedented amount of traffic to our site and systems. Our technical teams are working hard to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Please try on mobile and desktop and if you experience an issue please get in touch via 'My Bookings'.

I can see more flights are available, so why has my booking been cancelled?

Due to the unprecedented event of a major airline collapse, flight availability is currently extremely limited. As a result, flights may appear as if they are available, when in fact the booking will not be confirmed by the airlines simply due to the volume of requests being received in a very short period of time. When we are unable to find alternative flight arrangements we have cancelled bookings and processed full refunds.

I can see that flights are available on site at a higher price than they were before – why is this?

As an intermediary travel agent, flight availability and pricing are beyond On the Beach’s control.

The collapse of Thomas Cook is an unprecedented event and has had a significant impact on the travel industry as a whole, bringing about extremely high demand alongside limited availability within a very short period of time. As a result, availability is currently extremely limited and changing constantly, and this is reflected in pricing which is also volatile at the moment.

I still have a payment due, what happens now?

If we have emailed you to confirm that we have cancelled your booking, or you have responded to our initial email selecting the “cancel” option, no further payments will be taken.

For all other customers, payments will continue to be taken as scheduled. Of course, if your booking ends up being cancelled, you will receive a full refund.

I’m not happy with a flight you have re-booked for me, can I cancel my booking?

Our priority has been to find suitable alternative travel arrangements for all affected customers so that they can continue to enjoy their holiday. Any changes to departure airports that are within the same region or departure times which are within 12 hours of the original flight time are considered “minor changes” under the ABTA Code of Conduct and under the Package Travel Directive. Such flights cannot be cancelled and are subject to On the Beach’s normal terms and conditions.

You have re-booked me onto a different flight – what will happen with my transfers?

If you booked your transfers through On the Beach as part of your holiday package then we will liaise with the transfer company on your behalf to re-arrange your transfers for you, in line with your new flights. You will be contacted with details of this shortly.

I was trying to telephone the Contact Centre but was unable to get through

Due to the large number of customers affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook, our teams are working around the clock to provide support and address bookings in date order. Whilst our teams worked through those with imminent departures, our phone lines remained closed to allow those teams to work through bookings and customer enquiries as quickly as possible and in the most effective way.

Our in resort emergency line remains open for customers who are in resort and need to speak to us.

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