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  1. Good post Millsy. Chin up. Maybe you take control back with your Dad. When it all kicked off I listened to the science, then watched the slogans, then was aghast at the politics. I worried about my age, my wife and my kids and their families. Then our leaders gave us dates for this opening and dates for that starting again. Almost as if they knew what they were talking about. I'm reminded of what Stephen Fry said. Listen to the scientists and experts. They say "maybe" "just don't know" etc. Then more promises and plans of everything better by years end. Oh, and Brexit is coming along nicely. Snake oil salesman springs to mind. I have no idea what I'm allowed to do or on what days. My wife and I wear our masks, have become fans of online food shopping and have a plan that we control. How can I take seriously anyone who thinks its ok for his staff to drive around just to test their eyes work ok on public roads or is unable to string a sentence together. Stu
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Morning David, Lockdown getting to you ? Steady man Best ,Stu
  10. 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
  11. Get that in the Daily Mail and BoJo will promise that for us next Wednesday.
  12. 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?)
  13. Oops! Roscoff -Plymouth carries less passengers but that equals an 11% increase! Get me the name of their accountant. Love it. Stu
  14. 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
  15. Oih! What about Torbay hospital -excellent. Ands its on the edge of Torquay so you don't have to go anywhere near Torquay! NZ for me- been 3 times. Once rented a house on the Keri Keri inlet for a month to get over my broken back. My neighbour bought me his freshly caught fish in exchange for Beers. Bonza place mate. Best Stu
  16. 1, Are these Refund Credit Notes (a term used by ABTA) only applicable to Holidays and exclude ferry tickets ? BF website does not appear to put any difference between the two. 2. Do Refund Credit Notes have any value in a case of bankruptcy? 3. Are Vouchers the same as Refund Credit Notes in terms of validity and return of funds if unable to be used? Questions! French Govt. publishing exit plans today. Stu
  17. In all this debate about vouchers and refunds I wonder how BF staff have been treated during the lockdown. And how many have lost their jobs. Over the last couple of years I saw younger checkin staff and newer faces on my usual Roscoff sailing. It was always nice to chat to some and find out about their lives. Make the Chef smile at my attempt at French! Always well dressed in their BF uniforms. Watch the Seamen cope in awful weather. The best bits were often watching the vehicle loading with the staff banter and an authority that said you park or move as I say so. Then a safe docking. Without any personal details, has BF handled staff well or are they treating them like the voucher/refund fiasco? Stu
  18. Like Wortley, no more advance bookings after the vouchers are used up. We looked at why did we do it so far in advance being retired. It was a nice cosy feeling, all was right with the world and BF! We did it to get a Club cabin. No more. Leave it till the last minute now (and don't yank up the fares as I'll be watching you BF) and sod it about a window and a cup of tea. It they jack up the cost I'll go another day. One way tickets only ,no flexi tickets for me now. Sorta- they lose, I win. They 'll lose £60-120 a year on the ticket type alone. Self catering and all now. I'm back in control. Stu
  19. Customer services@ did it for me on two occasions. I did it to use up vouchers. Stu
  20. I'm sticking with BF vouchers BUT I can't think why! Hope, I suppose. But, I need the Plymouth- Roscoff service to remain ( maybe impossible next year as Brits holidaying will be very low, and this route is very largely that). My voucher is funding the running of BF at this time. Who knows? No refunds on this route is win/win for them. There is no competition here. It matters not a jot if some CEO gives all the assurances in the world as I'm the one taking all the risk with my money. We have a world now where we pay up front(sometimes well in advance) and that money in some places feeds a system that each entity takes a slice. The weirdest schemes like websites checking websites for the best deals! Deposits used to shore up todays obligations. At the bottom are the credit card and insurance companies and banks who will soon be climbing under rocks to save their massive businesses. So far, I'm sort of happy I've had some vouchers, which I've used to pay for future crossings. If it all goes "TU" I'll just make more plans. Whether it includes BF is totally up to them not me. I truly hope that all those who need or want a refund or can't afford or don't want to gamble on BF, get their money back. Good luck. Maybe (I've said that too many times!) we can revert to a deposit on booking and pay the final bill at the gate before boarding. The customer is investing too much money in businesses that is good for us on both sides. toddle pip Stu
  21. We've done the complete set of Maigret series. From Rowen Atkinson right back to Rupert Davies. I'm slowly learning new words like "Box Set" and "streaming".
  22. Nice idea John. I will have a stock of vouchers by September! Can't imagine they would do it though. It won't make sense for BF to restrict anyone trying to book. Interestingly, by September most people will have had lots of restrictions placed on their everyday life by then. Would another "priority" be a good idea? I'm 76 years old and my wife has a mobility problem. We are both in good health, so we rightly don't qualify as any sort of "case" to get any sort of priority anywhere. But its been a a real struggle to get home grocery deliveries, phone line repaired etc. It seems that every service doesn't have my email address or postcode notified by our GP! We won't be seen as a special case for booking if that's what you mean. Best Stu
  23. We used to use the 9C category (the "C" means comfort, "for your confort"), but like you we discovered that its not amendable on line. So we book without using the 9C category but instead ring up a few days before and get it changed. They always warn that it may not be available with such short notice but we never lost out. In fact, on one time I forgot the get the 9C and my dear wife, who has ataxia, said she would try without the facility of parking close to the lifts. She managed it and it gave her a real boost to not take a slot by the lifts and help others who really need it! Stu
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