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What to do if I have booked with Lowcost holidays?

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I was shocked to hear about the demise of Lowcost holidays, they were a company that I had worked with very closely in the past. Many have asked me what to do if I have booked with lowcost holidays – this might be of some help.

Despite the inconvenience that this will cause to thousands of holidaymakers and travel agents, fortunately Lowcostholidays.ie is licensed and bonded by the Commission for Aviation, (CAR). Details will be posted on the CAR website (www.aviation.reg.ie ) early next week about how to make a claim. The bond covers package holidays only however, and not hotel only bookings. If you have booked hotel accommodation with lowcostbeds through a travel agent, contact your agent directly and they will be able to assist you.

What to do if I have booked with lowcost holidays

If you are on holidays now.

Customers who have booked a package holiday (flight & Hotel).

If you are already on holiday you will be in possession of your flight tickets which remain valid. You may be asked by the hotel suppliers, transfer suppliers and car parking suppliers (if you have booked these services) to pay them locally which you may have to pay and reclaim against

Commmision for Aviation Regulation www.aviation.reg.ie

Your Travel Insurance provider (Check that your policy covers this first)

Your credit card provider for services not received.

It would be advisable for you to keep all receipts of expenses incurred in order to claim a refund or compensation.

If you are due to travel

Customers who have booked a holiday with Low cost holidays

If you have booked a combination flights and accommodation (+ other services, e.g. transfer,car-hire, etc) your contract for the flights will be direct with the airline and payment will have been made to them in most cases at time of booking. If you are in receipt of your flight ticket from the airline you will be able to check-in and travel as normal. If you have not received your flight confirmation details, you should contact the airline directly to determine the status of your flight reservation. If the airline informs you that your reservation is not confirmed then you will need to rebook your flights with another provider and make a claim using the options outlined below:

Your hotel reservation will NOT be valid so you will have to re-book your hotel accommodation and any other services that you may have reserved via Lowcostholidays.ie (e.g. transfers) with another company.

You can reclaim lost amounts against:

Commmision for Aviation Regulation www.aviation.reg.ie

Your Travel Insurance provider (check that your policy covers this)

Your credit card provider for services not received.

It would be advisable for you to keep all receipts of expenses incurred in order to claim a refund or compensation.

 

Statement from Lowcosttravelgroup

We deeply regret to announce that the lowcosttravelgroup (LCTG) ceased to trade on 15 July 2016, following exhaustive attempts by the groups directors to rescue the group,which has been hampered by the recent and ongoing turbulent financial environment.

This notice applies to the following companies and brands:

1.Lowcosttravelgroup Ltd

2.lowcostholidays Spain S.L.

3.Hoteling.com part of Lowcostholidays Spain S.L.

4.Lowcostbeds.com A.G.

Smith & Williamson LLP, jointly with CMB Partners UK Ltd have been appointed as administrators over the UK group entities with effect from 15 July 2016. On behalf of LCTG, the directors wish to profusely apologise for the inconvenience and distress that this will cause to our customers.

Please note that LowCostTravelGroup is no longer trading so there is no possibility of contacting the company. If you need to process a claim against LowCostTravelGroup (or any of its companies or brands) please contact lowcosttravelswiss@smith.williamson.co.uk with details of your claim contact can only be made via email.

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Easter Breaks, As Seen On TV3’s Sunday AM

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Still wondering what to do during the Easter holidays? Here are my my top picks for Easter breaks as seen on TV3’s Sunday AM.

 

Easter holidays are particularly long this year with schools closing for almost three weeks. Many families are taking the opportunity to travel long-haul, either to relatives living abroad or to bucket list family holiday destinations, like Florida. The good news is that because the break is so long there is no peak date for short-haul holidays. Some are travelling over Patrick’s Day and coming home for Easter and therefore the peak Easter week isn’t sold out like previous years. So if you are thinking of a last minute get away, there is still availability and the prices might surprise you . Check out my top pics below.

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Algarve 27th March, 7 Nights €369 per person; 2adults & 2children €1438

If you are looking for a good value break at Easter, it is hard to beat the Algarve. Prices flying on Easter Sunday are low and you can get a week in a popular family run hotel near Albuferia, for €369 per person. The Aguamarinha hotel gets great reviews on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. If you are afraid you wont get the weather, temperatures last year were as high as 27 degrees at that time and average temperatures over the past few years are about 19 degrees. If you want to bring the kids the 4* Paraiso in Albufeira are a good choice, price for 2 adults and 2 children is €1438 including flights. If you can take an extra days holiday and stay for 8 nights, the price is much lower, 2 sharing is €282 and 2 adults & 2 children is €1085 , both departing on the 27th of April and returning Monday the 4th of April.

Click here for Aguamarinha Hotel, 2 sharing €369

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Lanzarote 26th March, 7 Nights €519, 2 adults & 2children €1716

If you want to be guaranteed the weather then the Canary Islands are probably your best bet. Topflight still have availability to Lanzarote, flying out on Easter Saturday. A week in a two bedroomed apartment in Puerto del Carmen is €1716, based on 2 adults and 2 children, or €519 based on 2 sharing. This includes Aer Lingus flights, baggage and transfers too. Topflight also have deals to Lake Garda and the ski slopes if you fancy something a little different.

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Rome 30th March 2 night city break €384

There are some cheap flights to Rome if you can travel midweek during the Easter holidays. Clickandgo.com are offering a two night stay from the 30th of March from €384 per person including Aer Lingus flights and breakfast each day. The flight departs from Dublin early in the morning and returns late in the evening so you have three full days there.

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Uniworld River Cruises – Various Cruises 20th, 27th March, 7 nights 50% off.

Uniworld are the ultimate in river cruising. They offer 5* deluxe boutique cruises that include excursions, all meals, drinks (even champagne) in lavish surroundings. The attention to detail, fine dining and authentic holiday experiences are some of the reasons that Uniworld have won best luxury cruise line for the past seven years. They are offering 50% off many of their cruises during Easter holidays. My personal favourite is the Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux cruise which was €3293 and is now €1730 on the 27th of March for seven nights, you can read more about it here.

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Top picks for Easter breaks by the Travel Expert

 

For the latest Easter offers from Ireland’s leading travel agents click here.  Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

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Marbella, 14th September, 1 week, Flights & Hotel, €366!

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Want the glitz and glamour of Marbella without the hefty price tag? Read on…

 

Marbella is one of Spain’s most glamorous resorts. Although known as the Spanish St Tropez, it has much more to offer than just fashion and ferraris. The pretty old town is full of cobbled stone streets, colourful window boxes and local art galleries. The beaches are superb, particularly along the golden mile, which stretches from Marbella into Puerto Banus.  There are plenty of dining options available. Choose local eateries serving Spanish cuisine at reasonable prices, fine dining in michelin star restaurants or celeb hang outs, such as the Marbella Club. Of course if you want to mingle with celebrities, ogle at the super yachts and shop in Chanel, then it’s probably best to pop into Puerto Banus, just 6 km from the old town of Marbella.

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I have chosen the popular San Cristobal hotel which is right in the heart of Marbella and is highly rated on tripadvisor. This hotel was awarded a certificate of excellence and many clients return to stay here each year. It does not have a swimming pool but is located beside the beach. If you fancy chilling out after a late night on the town, it has a sun terrace which offers free wifi! Fly from Dublin on the 14th of September and spend seven nights here for only €366 per person.

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Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

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Check out my best travel deals as seen on TV3’s Sunday Am on the 20th of September 2015.

 

Christmas Market Breaks:

Christmas markets are very much back in vogue. Ryanair have added extra capacity to many cities throughout the winter with lots of low priced airfares available.  I chose Berlin as it has over 50 markets to choose from and something to appeal to everyone. Sip some mulled wine while enjoying Christmas carols at the traditional markets of Charlottenburg Castle or the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Check out one of the Christmas Rock concerts at the Spandau Old Town market or try Europe’s largest mobile toboggan run at the lively Potsdamer Platz market. For more info on Europe’s top Christmas markets read my blog here.

Fly from Dublin to Berlin on the 1st or 8th of December and spend three nights at the Mark Hotel for only €199. Click here for more details.

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Girls Weekend Away:

Marbella is a great choice for a girls weekend away. There is plenty of style and glamour with a beachfront location, what more could you ask for! Sip a cocktail in Sinatras and simply people watch or dance the night away in the many bars or night clubs. There are lots of great shops in the old town that wont break the bank or if you want to flash the cash, there is no better place with lots of designer shops in the port to tempt you.

Fly from Dublin on the 6th of May and stay at the 3* San Cristobal Hotel for three nights for only €219 per person. Click here for more details.

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Family Holiday to Florida:

Florida is THE bucket list destination for families. There are over twelve theme parks and four waterparks so it is an adventure as well as a holiday! Enjoy the magic of Disney and marvel at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Shop till you drop at the outlets or swim with the Dolphins at Discovery Cove. I have chosen the 3* Ramada Gateway Kissimmee Hotel which is close to Disney but also offers a free shuttle bus to all the other main parks.

Fly from Dublin on the 8th of June and spend two weeks here for only €2399 based on two adults and 2 children. Click here for more details.

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Sarah
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Algarve For Easter Holidays, 1 week, 2ad & 2ch, €1254!

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The Algarve for Easter holidays is a great choice for a family getaway. Situated right beside the beach and Albufeira, this deal is exceptional value!

 

With numerous white sandy beaches,  quaint old towns and plenty of entertainment for children, the Algarve is a destination that should keep the whole family happy. Easter holidays is always a popular time to get away and prices are usually at a premium. I found a great deal to the popular resort of Albufeira.

Albufeira is a great mix of old and new. The old town with cobbled stone streets and pavement cafes is perfect for an evening stroll. The newer town and strip in Montechoro has plenty of bars and restaurants to satisfy any night owls.  The beaches along this coastline are spectacular, with white sand for sunbathing and rock pools for the kids to explore.  You are also situated close to the airport, waterparks and to the popular theme-park, Zoomarine.

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I have chosen the highly rated Balaia Sol apartments. Highly rated on tripadvisor and awarded a certificate of excellence, they are the perfect choice for a family getaway. Fly from Dublin on the 12th of April and spend seven nights here for only €1254 based on 2 adults and 2 children.

Click here to book flights: €248pp

Click here to book apartment: €262

 

All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to availability.

 

Sarah

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Cannes, 18th September, 1 week Flights & Hotel, €519

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Fancy a week full of glitz and glamour, but without the expensive price tag?  This deal to Cannes in the South of France, should tick all the boxes!

 

Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Antibes, San Tropez – each one as glamorous as the next. The South of France just oozes sophistication at every level! Easily accessible with the excellent train service, you can travel from town to town within minutes. Take the opportunity to discover this magnificent coastline, you won’t be disappointed. Cannes hosts the annual film festival and has been a resort of choice for celebrities for many years now. Walk along the the promenade – ‘La Croisette’ and admire the couture shops, the sandy beach and just people watch, there is no place like it!

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert has a great deal to Cannes in SeptemberThere is also a quaint old town which is well worth exploring and plenty of interesting sights to see. Don’t be put off by the designer shops, there are also some great boutiques in the side streets where prices are more ‘reasonably’ priced. There is also a large selection of restaurants and bars to cater for us ‘regular’ folk so spending a week here doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

I found a great deal staying in the Hotel Cannes Gallia which is situated in the heart of Cannes, within walking distance to the centre and the beach. It receives great reviews on tripadvisor and also received a certificate of excellence last year. Fly from Dublin on the 18th of September and enjoy seven nights here for only €519 per person.

 

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You could be excused for thinking you were in the Caribbean when walking along the seashore in Correlejo. 

Fuerteventura’s Beautiful Beaches

The white sandy beaches are really stunning and not at all what you would expect in the Canary Islands. The sand dunes that are the national park stretch for miles and the visual combination of the mountain backdrop makes for a truely magnificent sight. I had to pinch myself,  I felt like I was back in Barbados.

I am a beach lover so Fuerteventura for me is fantastic. It hosted the world wind surfing and kite boarding championships last year and definitely has that sporty feel to it. There are surf shops on every corner and plenty of long haired Australians wandering around with boards under their arms so it definitely has that edgy vibe.

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Corralejo

There are two main resorts featured from Ireland, Correlejo and Caleta de Fuste, or Costa Caleta as it is also known. Correlejo, once an old fishing village it still retains that authentic feel yet has a 10km blanket of white sand beside it to sweeten the deal.

There are great restaurants around the harbour and  plenty of trendy duty free shops as well as ‘Music Square’. This is also the spot where the ferry leaves to go to nearby Lanzarote, or Isla de Lobos, trust me, a day trip worth taking. Try an introductory dive or some snorkelling, it would be difficult to find a better place in Europe to do this.

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Caleta de Fuste

Caleta de Fuste is very popular with families as the man made beach there is very shallow and extremely safe for young kids. It is a purpose built resort though so lacks the authenticity that Correlejo has, although comes complete with mini golf, kids train and plenty of kids clubs along the beach.

3There is a fantastic choice of self catering and all inclusive family properties and the prices are such good value. The restaurants here and generally all over the island cater extremely well for families and wont break the bank.

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Things To Do in Fuerteventura

Like many other Spanish resorts Fuerteventura has plenty more to offer than just beaches. There is a waterpark in Correlejo as well as a fantastic animal park, the Oasis Park in Jandia. You can get up close with the animals here, even take a camel safari or take in a show. There are two bird shows as well as a sealion and a reptile show. It is a great day out for all the family and one I would highly recommend.

If you are travelling as a couple you have to visit El Cotillo. Renowned for its amazing beaches and lagoons it was voted one of the 10 best beaches in Spain by Tripadvisor last year. A traditional fishing village, it has the most picturesque little harbour with local restaurants serving freshly caught fish – and they are cooked to perfection! This is the windsurfing and surfing Mecca of the island so bear in mind it can be very windy! You can find some sheltered spots for sunbathing but my advice would be to bring a jacket! 

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Fuerteventura is less developed than the other Canary Islands but that is part of it’s charm. It has year round sunshine, is great value for money and has some of the best beaches in Europe, what more could you ask for?

Sarah

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