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By Sheetal Sukhija | Sunday December 31, 2017
Consumer group unmasks the con behind holiday deals
The consumer group, Which? has unmasked the con job run by holiday firms, that it said involves adverts falsely portraying deals as time-limited bargains. According to the consumer group, holiday firms may be breaking the law through such adverts. A Which? investigation into “hurry” deals revealed that holiday firms including Virgin, Expedia, Lastminute and Sandals Resorts duped holiday makers into paying hundreds of dollars over the odds. The investigation revealed that adverts portraying a deal as a time-limited bargain might be unlawful and misleading. It further found that some “sale” deals were frequently the same price after the sale period ended, and some became cheaper. The firm cited the example of an all-inclusive holiday to Jamaica for 2,333.45 dollars per person that was promoted by Sandals in its summer 2018 “mega sale.” Which? said, “The day after the sale ended, the price dropped by 79.64 dollars per person. The lower price continued to run for another week after the sale ended – no need to hurry after all.” It added in its report, “Its Halloween promotion followed immediately after, with..Read more

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