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Started by DonkeyOT on Feb 6, 2020 3:19:54 PM

I intend booking a Costa Brava rental apartment in order to visit our niece and her new arrival at her home in Barcelona in September. I found an ideal flat on TripAdvisor but it specified check-in between 4pm until 8pm which our flight arrival time precluded. I emailed the owner to request a later arrival arrangement via TripAdvisor's email service and this has been ignored for almost a week. I re-checked the T/A site to find the availability calendar hadn't been updated since April '19. Question is, if I'd submitted a booking request with my c/card details etc what would the outcome have been? Would I have lost my money or would it just have been "Up in the air?".

Delighted_User - 06 Feb 2020 15:23:11 (#1 of 14)

-10 points.

DonkeyOT - 06 Feb 2020 15:23:51 (#2 of 14)


widenation - 06 Feb 2020 15:26:55 (#3 of 14)

It would be "mañana".

DonkeyOT - 06 Feb 2020 15:35:20 (#4 of 14)

Do T/A wait until the owner has accepted and confirmed or is the money immediately available to the owner?

widenation - 06 Feb 2020 15:40:32 (#5 of 14)

The former.

Leftie - 06 Feb 2020 15:50:02 (#6 of 14)

I know TripAdvisor is for holidays and stuff but there's a lot of "off-topic" stuff. You could probably post other problems on it.

But mainly it's full of hotel owners quibbling about the reviews.

widenation - 06 Feb 2020 16:00:40 (#7 of 14)

The flat might be available through another booking service if you google the address. Try for example.

DonkeyOT - 06 Feb 2020 16:04:05 (#8 of 14)

Nah! I reckon the owner's brown bread or ill. If she's ignoring T/A why would she consult elsewhere? Fuck 'er - I'll take my custom elsewhere!

hailesaladdie - 06 Feb 2020 16:14:45 (#9 of 14)

The Tripadvisor rentals are often ones that are listed on multiple sites (there are platforms that handle this). And they're often ones that quietly insist on minimum one week, Saturday-to-Saturday rentals. Unless they're instant book, you have to take their availability with a pinch of salt...

widenation - 06 Feb 2020 16:30:47 (#10 of 14)

Vacant (out-of-term) halls of residence with en-suites are often available to rent through etc. Check you don't need to be a visiting professor or anything though.

hailesaladdie - 06 Feb 2020 16:39:06 (#11 of 14)

There's also which is a metasearch for holiday lets.

DonkeyOT - 06 Feb 2020 16:47:31 (#12 of 14)

Niece has phoned mi señora, says her in-laws own a flat in Malgrat which is booked for our weeks, but she is pally with other owners who will almost certainly find us something, Wa-hey - and cheaper than T/A!

cozzer - 06 Feb 2020 17:10:02 (#13 of 14) which is a metasearch for holiday lets.

useful if you're going to west Africa, I guess.

hailesaladdie - 06 Feb 2020 18:56:32 (#14 of 14)

Beats Airbnburkina Faso...

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