News and Updates

Thomas Cook Airline Failure - what to do if it affects you

1) Get current information on everything so you can make informed decisions:-
First check with Thomas Cook's website for up to date accurate information.
https://www.thomascook.com/travel-updates/
If you booked via Travel Republic (who are ABTA bonded) then also check on their website, both under your individual booking and in their help section
Read your Travel Insurance Policy to see what you are covered for in the event of an airline collapse. This will depend on your level of cover.

2) Getting your money back in the event of airline collapse
If you booked via Travel Republic they should refund you as they are ABTA bonded
If you booked direct with Thomas Cook and paid with a credit card then you should be able to claim a refund from your credit card provider under section 75 rules
If you booked direct with Thomas Cook and paid with a debit card then you need to contact your bank and ask your bank to do a ‘chargeback’. This isn’t a legal protection – it is a Visa, Mastercard and Amex rule where your bank gets your money back from Thomas Cook’s bank as you didn’t receive what you paid for. It should work for most people

3) Rebook a new flight so that your holiday can go ahead.

Please Note: Any payment to Free Spirit Travel is governed by our terms and conditions, deposits are non-refundable, final payments ar refundable as per the table on your booking form. Please talk to us if your flight is cancelled and you cannot travel. If Free Spirit Travel cancels the holiday for everybody then you will receive a full refund, if you personally cancel your holiday you will only receive a refund within the booking form terms and conditions, you may however be able to claim on your insurance policy and we can assist with this.

Brexit and how it affects your travel

2019 - for those of you already registered for summer 2019 and beyond please  be aware that the venue may increase their costs to us due to exchange rate changes and if this happens we will, sadly, have to pass the increase on to you. We would expect the increases to be minimal.

Some prices have risen due to exchange rates - sorry!

Updates - flight delays


My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

Check the Citizens advice website for detailed information by following this link

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/holiday-cancellations-and-compensation/if-your-flights-delayed-or-cancelled/

Also read the following

Airlines don't have to pay out for delays caused by snow because weather is classified as an "extraordinary circumstance" – though some airlines may issue a refund at their discretion. For those of you flying to India you are almost certainly on a non EU airline so contact them direct to see exactly what you are entitled to.

According to Which magazine you can challenge your airline if you don't agree there were extraordinary circumstances – for example, if you are told you can't fly due to the snow, but other flights are departing. "Airlines may stretch the definition of extraordinary circumstances further than they should."

Which Magazine  states:-

If the delay is not caused by extraordinary circumstances you will be entitled to compensation under EU rules, but only if you are flying with an airline based in the EU or with a non-EU-based airline flying from an EU airport, and only if the delay is for two hours or more. If you are flying somewhere else or with a non-EU-based airline not flying from the EU you'll have to check that carrier's terms and conditions.

If you are delayed for two hours or more you are entitled to: two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; free food and drinks; and free hotel accommodation if you need to stay overnight.

If your flight arrives at its destination three hours or more late you will receive compensation of between €250 and €600, depending on how far your flight takes you. So you'll get €250 if your three hour-delayed flight travels 1,500km or less (ie, London to Amsterdam), but €600 if your plane is delayed by four hours or more and travels at least 3,500km (ie, London to Sydney).

My flight has been cancelled. Will I get my money back?

If your flight is cancelled you should be offered either a refund or an alternative flight to your original destination.

For compensation you will have to look to the EU rules again, though if the delay is caused by snow – and thus an extraordinary circumstance – you might not get anything. If you are covered by EU regulations you will be entitled to travel assistance (such as help with rebooking for a later date) as well as meals and accommodation etc. Check the official EU website for more on your rights.

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A  magical venue - this venue has it all.

Its secluded with its own organic farm, a huge choice of accommodation and two swimming pools - step over the wall and you are on the beach!

There are three meals a day, plus a choice of teas and coffee all day long.

La Gomera is one of the least known of the Canary Islands, it has a temperate climate and great tranquillity.

A small island it is extremely popular with walkers because of the contrasting landscapes;  the coastline dotted with villages, the mountainous core of misty rainforests, banana plantations and terraces.

 

Dates Programme Teacher Garden Room Shared Summer House Shared Ensuite Room Shared Studio Ensuite Shared
Nov 30 - Dec 7 Flowing Vinyasa Yoga Liz Lark £645 £665 n/a n/a

 

Join us here for a week of organic healthy food, long quiet beaches and invigorating yoga practice. We are about half an hour by bus, or 15 minutes by taxi,  from what has been named one of the 7 New Wonders of the World, Havana, Cuba.

We will be staying on the beautiful beaches of Playas del Este, 15 minutes outside of Havana city.

This is not a typical tourist resort; we are located in 'Tarara',  a gated community area where many local people holiday and where Che Guavara once stayed..

Our houses are close to the beach and our hosts, the Cuban Yoga team, are like a warm, welcoming family taking great care of us. With it's unforgettable blue waters and soft white sand beaches, Cuba forces you to slow down and catch your breath

This is your retreat - you can choose to be really active, or choose to chill in a hammock

We will be visiting Havana on a full day excursion, described as the “city frozen in time” Havana’s beautiful cityscape is reminiscent of a time long ago, .

Our hosts have promised to show you a side of Cuba that you won’t find anywhere else. The authentic and carefree culture of the Cuban people is a welcome reminder that happiness and inner-peace can come easily. .

In addition to our daily yoga classes and being immersed in the friendly, welcoming Cuban culture, you’ll have the opportunity to experience local cuisine, tour this unique and vibrant city, visit a world class organic farm, paddle board in a beautifully calm lagoon, try your hand at kite surfing (all optional), choose a spa service, or simply relax. We may even visit a night club.

Arrival/Departure Programme Teacher Shared Single
Nov 23 - 30 Power Yoga Caroline Wickham £1075 £1375
Nov 30 - Dec 7 Hatha Yoga Daljit Kaur £1075 £1375

 

Palm Tree Yoga, Kerala, South India

 

nid%3D1088%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3DnoneOwners Joy and Emma welcome you to their yoga centre in Kerala.

Palm Tree Yoga Centre overlooks the beach in a peaceful bay, yet is only a fifteen minute stroll or a short rickshaw ride from shops and restaurants.

Our purpose built yoga studio is on the roof so that we can practice with the India Ocean within our sights. It is fully equipped so there no need to bring equipment from the UK.

Accommodation is spread over three houses arranged in a triangle. They are all very similar and each having a lounge area and a kitchen for the guests use. Teas, coffee, water (and a supply of biscuits) will be provided.

Food: Each day after your morning yoga class a delicious breakfast will be served. On four evenings each week dinner will be provided. Kerala has great vegetarian cuisine so on our other evenings we will explore the many local restaurants and perhaps add in a little evening shopping.

Massages: Palm Tree has an on-site massage centre. There are also many massage and beauty parlours in the nearby village providing massages at extremely reasonable rates.

Swimming: the sea in this area can be quite vigorous and have a strong under-tow, there are well trained life guards on all beaches. You can also swim in the nearby hotel swimming pool for a small daily fee.

Excursions: we can help you arrange excursions to the famous Keralan backwaters and also to visit wild life parks. Lots of guests like to go and help wash the baby elephants at the elephant sanctuary

Arrival/Departure Programme Teacher Single Cost Shared Cost
Dec 1 - 14 Flowing Yoga & Pilates Kathryn Banks £895 £695

Champneys Spa, Springs

 

This weekend benid%3D1217%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3Dnonegins at 2 pm on Friday and completes at 4 pm on Sunday, everybody is given a single room unless they request otherwise.

Champneys Springs is only one hour from Leicester and Sheffield and one and a half hours from Liverpool, London and Manchester, Champneys Springs offers modern luxury.

Everything has been designed with relaxation in mind, from the beautiful water walkway to the spacious lounge areas. Surrounded by open park lands, Springs combines light, airy spaces with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

   

You can relax in thnid%3D1016%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3Dnonee steam room and whirlpool, take a dip in the huge swimming pool, visit the fully equipped gym or participate in some of the many classes that take place each day. Classes range through hula hooping, spinning, aqua classes and Pilates

Each of our guests has one Thalassotherapy session included in the cost of the weekend. A mineral rich warm pool with hydrotherapy jets to stimulate and tone tired aching muscles. Excellent for treating cellulite, arthritis and general muscular and joint aches and pains. N.B This is a group treatment.

 

 

Date Nights Programme Teacher Single Share
Dec 30 2

New Year with Gala Dinner Dance

Flowing Yoga & Feldenkrais

Ken Eyerman £469 £439

Please book this directly with Champneys on the following link:

Champneys New Year Reservations