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Old 23rd Apr 2012, 18:03
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Northampton Saints rugby club sponsorship, It did two flypasts at a recent game while on a positioning flight from LTN to MAN.
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Old 23rd Apr 2012, 19:42
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No chance that Monarch could sponsor their local sports team rather than a team 40 miles away!

Not like there's another airline putting in a bit of sponsorship money anyway!
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Old 23rd Apr 2012, 20:31
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Probably better off sponsoring a Premiership rugby team who are on tv most weeks than a non-league football team who aren't....off to the orange hangar now Danny..there's a good chap...
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Old 25th Apr 2012, 11:13
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MON 1828 MAN - CORFU

Does anyone know if this AB6 aircraft still positions in from Gatwick on Mon morning for a 1030 departure in the 2012 summer season? I note from previous years that it was often delayed etc. Thanks
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Old 25th Apr 2012, 17:33
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Grrr

Monarch hikes credit card booking fees for flyers | This is Money
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Old 25th Apr 2012, 17:45
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Dont book using your credit card......simples!
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Old 25th Apr 2012, 23:14
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“When I joined Monarch six months ago, the first thing we undertook as a new management team was to examine the way we charged customers for using credit cards.

“The move today is a result of that review process and the new charging structure will go into effect immediately. “

All customers using debit cards to book Monarch’s scheduled flights will incur no booking fees, whilst customers electing to pay using a credit card will be charged a £10 fee, regardless of the value of the transaction or the number of people travelling.

Mr Clifford said: “The primary purpose of our review of card fees was to provide an upfront, transparent and simple to understand charging policy.”

Monarch is in negotiations with credit card companies to reduce fees further – and has pledged to further reduce the amount it charges customers upon the successful completion of those talks.

“Obviously, we would prefer not have to charge customers for using any payment cards at all. But by abolishing debit card fees and introducing a flat fee for using credit cards, we are doing everything we can to be transparent and fair to our customers,” Mr Clifford added.
This was posted on the Monarch website less than 1 year ago. Are we now to assume therefore, that the company no longer wish to be 'transparent' with credit card charges or 'fair to the customers'? Guess the negotiations with the card companies to lower fees from the £10 flat rate didn't amount to much either!!
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Old 26th Apr 2012, 20:41
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Maybe the negotiations with the credit card companies to reduce fees further was unsuccessful.
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Old 26th Apr 2012, 21:07
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I've kept off the thread for a few days as it's very boring for other followers to have to wade through debates which are only relevant to a few, which is where a previous poster seemed to want to drag it by playing the man and not the ball, to use a footballing simile.

Pabloc, there is a very good reason to book by credit card, a reason which is the same for any airline and not unique to Monarch. If anything happens to the airline between you booking and paying for your flights and actually getting back home, your credit card company is obliged to refund your money under the Consumer Credit Act. This does NOT necessarily apply to debit cards. For bookings not covered elsewhere (eg via an ATOL licence) then many people might actually wish to have some protection rather than none. There is a price for that protection, but it's up to each individual to decide what they are prepared to pay for it.

Spotty M, the issue which sits behind today's decision could be one of two things. A) Monarch's terms with credit card companies have become less favourable than they were before and they need to pass this on to customers. B) Monarch had counted on getting a significant increase in business by cutting card charges and that hasn't materialised, so they need to put the charges back up again to earn the same revenue. Either isn't exactly great news.
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Old 26th Apr 2012, 21:11
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Of course you could always use Paypal and use your credit card for free...a point that seems to have been missed in Which Moneys and the Daily Mails outrage.....
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Old 26th Apr 2012, 21:16
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Fair point. I'd completely missed that too.
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Old 26th Apr 2012, 21:48
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I didn't think you were covered under Section 75 when payments are made to a company that isn't the one providing you with the goods or services, because the credit card company must have a direct relationship for them to be equally liable?
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Old 26th Apr 2012, 23:48
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Moving away from the credit card debate, I see from the Summer 13 Thomson brochure, that Monarch will be basing an aircraft at Leeds Bradford for part of the week operating Monday - Thursday for Thomson.
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Old 27th Apr 2012, 04:03
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Yes, paying via Paypal does NOT give you the section 75 Consumer protection. You are paying Paypal not Monarch.
Your cover will be if Paypal fails. If Monarch (or whoever) fails-you get nowt.
Credit card fees are small, typicaly 1.5% -certainly not £10 a pop.
What would you say if you bought £50 worth of petrol and were charged £10 fee for cc?
Paypal has it's own protection scheme- but that is ONLY valid for purchases made on e-bay.
Generally speaking debit cards also afford you no cover either.
If you want section 75 consumer proection then you have to use a CREDIT card & pay directly with it.

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Old 27th Apr 2012, 20:09
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TartinTon Of course you could always use Paypal and use your credit card for free...a point that seems to have been missed in Which Moneys and the Daily Mails outrage.....
Oh silly us! It's the Daily Mail's fault! Of course it is, why, how could it possibly be another half-cocked Management decision gone wrong.
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Old 28th Apr 2012, 08:22
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Vantage re-visited

Whats happened to the re launch of the loyalty scheme ? It was all rush rush rush recently and now Summer is upon us its not ready for launch.
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Old 28th Apr 2012, 18:13
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Can't speak for all debit cards, but a visa debit card has the same cover as a credit card as I found out to my delight recently.
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Old 28th Apr 2012, 19:08
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Actually it doesn't, as it doesn't create joint liability. Your bank can only recover the money if it is there to be recovered, so no guarantees. With a credit card the card issuer refunds the money.
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Old 1st May 2012, 16:01
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Looks like Monarch intend to offer scheduled flights to Madeira as one of their new ZB winter routes: Bookings to Spanish islands slump as tourist office pulls funding. (Travelmole 30/04/12). It's good to see Cosmos and Monarch supporting each other again here. I'm guessing the other "new" routes will be existing MON charter ski routes Monarch already operate.
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Old 1st May 2012, 16:43
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When are the rest of MON/ZB winter routes to be announced. Rumour had it a few weeks back that CWL was in for some ? Although there are many other destinations that they are probably considering for Winter 12. Does anyone know when they will announce what their fleet modernisation program will consist of ?
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