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  1. Been with Nationwide for a few years now. After the removal of a small interest payment for having a FlexPlus account, which negated half the monthly charge, then the monthly charge went up got me looking at what I really got from "free" travel insurance and breakdown cover. Add the extra fee for "age" cover plus "Covid cover only covered if I booked before March- what is a "booking" if its frequently been amended to a booking after March? Little "get out clauses" sneaking in for my liking. So I checked having coverage away from what the big banks offer. At Christmas 2019 the insurance market seemed to be level in cost with the offering from a Nationwide account. Wife and I both have loaded Caxton FX cards but after the Wire AG thing we have reduced our money held quite substantially in these cards. Hardly used them much in France over the years except for cash, then realised we were walking around with too much cash. And as has been happening over the last 3 months and previously in France we just didnt use cash much at all, just a Visa credit card. Even our insurer in France (Groupama) last year stopped taking "payment traditionale" and now take a credit card instead.
  2. Yep David, learnt that along time ago. So with a day or so to go before departure I used to phone up (remember those days?) and ask to park near a lift. "May not be possible etc" back came a new version email ticket with "needs assistance" or whatever as an amendment at no charge. Stu
  3. My wife struggles ok with getting from car to the lift but stairs are out for her (and me to steady her) even if stairs are closer to our car. We have for the past year or so not booked as requiring assistance so as to be near a lift. We felt there were others who really did need it more esp at holiday times. So will non stairs peeps be able to chose a lift and take a little longer to get up and down to the car deck? Stu
  4. There is NO amendment fee more than 4 hours before the sailing of the outbound sailing. As its a one way ticket the "outbound" sailing is a new booking so its not outbound from the UK. Its as stated on the ticket (ie France, Spain etc). I checked this with BF when these new ticket types were introduced. I was advised to book separate tickets for the flexibility I wanted. For amendment within the 4 hours there is a £20 charge. But if BF cancel your UK outbound. You alone can amend your return freely. Stu
  5. Don't book returns. One way, each leg. You lose some flexibility in the booking /amendment process buying returns. Also a return "flexi" losses some amendment advantages. BF cancel the outbound crossing but I've been able to "amend my booking" easily for the return. Not sure if the system adjusts the prices on one way tickets but with recent events its got to be the way to go. You take back control from BF what you do to the return not them. Stu
  6. Did 8 years on the TriStar L1011all versions. I'm afraid it made the Death Cruiser 10 look rather a truck of the skies. P-M (Pure...Magic). Stu
  7. Morning All, Talking of prices. Thought I would use up a voucher (RCN) and upgrade the cabin we have outbound in August. We always get a Club cabin on the Arm but using the "amend your trip" facility I noticed a Club Super cabin (love the name-not) was only a tenner more than the listed Club cabin. I'll have a bit of that! Shock, when the final cost pops up the whole ticket has increased by £30! What's going on here? Has the crossing price gone up after I've paid for it during the amendment process? Most annoying trying to upgrade a cabin then pay more than the published price. Ah well, their loss. Must "stay alert" more. SFD
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    Morning David, Lockdown getting to you ? Steady man Best ,Stu
  9. We've come across this "no couples in here" bit. My wife can't cope without her walker or hanging onto a supermarket trolley. So picking anything from a shelf involves grabbing anything nearby including any display! But no, I'm not allowed in with her. Where did this rule come from? The other day B and Q allowed a couple in front of me to go in together. Shame on them! Stu
  10. And the fire/bomb evacuation plan is what? Any pics of this? This could tell the world that we're not very good at dealing with a pandemic !!! Never shirly. Toodle Pip
  11. The August holiday shutdown of manufacturing businesses in France no longer amuses me quite so much now. The priority now is to get business producing and selling, kids at school, hospital beds freed up for thousands who who have ongoing care needs and the economy up and running. Beaches, lying in the sun etc can wait. We've all seen a cleaner planet crawl out from under this. The seasons slowly change still. I just need a safer place, holidays can wait. Stu
  12. Get that in the Daily Mail and BoJo will promise that for us next Wednesday.
  13. In my early heady daze when flying for Big Airways we had been allocated an African route in exchange for one of our prosperous routes under Mrs T's reign. Took the company ages to realise the bar uplift was double the previous airlines! Hic Stu (you haven't seen me right?)
  14. Oops! Roscoff -Plymouth carries less passengers but that equals an 11% increase! Get me the name of their accountant. Love it. Stu
  15. As I understand it any relaxation of lockdown allowed by the French Government will be left to each department Prefecture to decide how and when they allow such changes. So, opening of campsites etc may be only by permission given locally after I would guess that an inspection has been made and restrictions on activities imposed. Stu
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