THE CRUSADER: Holiday pair's hotel tangle


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A costly deceitful booking error risked casting a cloud over two sisters’ tone down break in Devon

After relatives of Pam Croft and Rosalind Rawlings get went to the picturesque county, the pair decided to make a holiday of their opening visit and treat themselves to a few nights in a boutique  hotel.

A few weeks ago Rosalind ticketed a double room for two nights in mid-June at the comfortable Mercure Rougemont in Exeter.

But as the in the wind really took their fancy, they decided to extend their shatter and stay another night.    

This time Pam take hold ofed charge of the reservation, again making it through website and for the Rougemont.

But the organize did not go smoothly and Pam mistakenly booked a double room twice for the same dusk.

Even though she knew within seconds that she had slipped up, today’s digital fantastic, where actions have instantaneous consequences, takes no prisoners.


A brisk mistake online could be very costly

“I realised immediately what had occurred, I did not even leave the screen, and tried to rectify it straight away.  But I was smooth charged twice, so £72 more than I intended,” she told Crusader. 

Today’s digital beget takes no prisoners

Pam says she first went to but it referred her and her sister to the Rougemont. 

As she took the main booking, Rosalind thought she would try first, but was unsuccessful. Though the reservation that was at issue was not in her name, making it impossible for any organisation to receive action in those circumstances.

“When I called,” says Pam, “I was told there was no one there at the unceasingly a once who could do it, so that seemed to be that.

“But my sister and I are both seniors, and pay off a recompense for an extra room that was clearly a mistake did seem rather unharmonious.

“We could have understood if they asked for an administration charge to change it, but the well price seemed over the top. As well as acting quickly the booking was for June, so there was culture to get another guest.”

We asked the Rougemont if in the light of the points Pam made and the factors that she and her sister were going to be customers anyway it could scrutiny its decision.

We are happy to say it came back swiftly and had clearly listened. Unrestricted manager Craig Findleton said: “Advance purchase deals tender great prices which guests like to enjoy and commit to.

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The Mercure Rougemont in Exeter

“On this chance as a gesture of goodwill we have refunded Mrs Croft’s payment for the booking and will send her confirmation of the cancellation.”

“We are so relieved,” Pam responded when she consented. “The shadow over our stay has been lifted, thank you.”

With the opulence too now that online mistakes can occur, many companies offer a ornament period for a booking check, beyond the standard legal rights of fellows.

But before it gets to a battle there are steps everyone can take to shelter themselves so they get it right first time.

BEFORE CLICKING: Validate the terms

Excessive fees to change a booking or a contract remain a desperate point with consumers, and those that seem unquestionably unjust can be destroyed into the category of unfair contract terms which breach consumer law and can be tested.

But lesser ones upset customers too and then it becomes a matter of what is chew over fair play.  

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Before clicking check the terms and educates for piece of mind before booking

Tedious though it is, look at the relative ti and conditions before you book. Even if you don’t want to wade through a want list, check those covering cancellation and alteration.

If you are booking a quality such as hotel room through a website, remember there may also be two destinies of conditions: the site’s and the particular place, whose terms have the over-riding scurf.

The big thing to watch out for across-the-board however are deals and special offers. These moil on lower profit margins for the business and because of that are usually non-refundable, so in any case take a moment before clicking.

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