TRAVEL booking website LastMinute is paying back £7million to customers with cancelled holidays following the coronavirus crisis.The Competition and M
TRAVEL booking website LastMinute is paying back £7million to customers with cancelled holidays following the coronavirus crisis.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating the firm after receiving hundreds of complaints from holidaymakers about Covid-19 cancellation refunds.
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More than 9,000 customers whose holidays were cancelled by the website are currently waiting for refunds worth more than £7million.
Many of these will have had to wait more than 14 days, exceeding the repayment window required by law, the CMA said.
Consumer law states that airlines and travel package providers must give customers’ their money back if the firm cancels their trip.
If your holiday is cancelled by your tour operator, the money has to be refunded within 14 days, or seven days if the airline called off your flights.
Following the CMA investigation, LastMinute has promised to pay at least half of the refunds by December 16 and the rest by January 31 the latest.
The Sun has contacted LastMinute for comment.
Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the CMA, said: “Online travel agents have a legal responsibility to provide prompt refunds to customers whose holidays have been cancelled due to coronavirus – irrespective of whether the agent received refunds from airlines and accommodation providers.
“Our action today means that customers whose holidays were cancelled by lastminute.com will receive their money back without undue delay.
“The CMA is continuing to investigate package holiday firms following concerns that people are not getting the refunds they’re entitled to when bookings can’t go ahead because of the pandemic.
“If we find that businesses are breaching consumer protection law, we will not hesitate to take further action.”
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