Consumer News Round-up: Pricewatch Aer Lingus problem, electricity costs, losing no-claims, getaway tips & Ryanair strikes
European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland presents a round-up of the week’s consumer news – in case you missed it!
Consumer News round-up – week ending 10th August 2018
Another Pricewatch reader left waiting a year by Aer Lingus guest relations
This week’s Pricewatch article again featured a reader who was left waiting a year for Aer Lingus to deal with his cancelled flight complaint. The passenger tried all means possible to get in contact with the airline’s guest relation but to no avail. The article also has information about a Microsoft scam that is doing the rounds.
Tips on reducing bills as electricity costs increase
Unfortunately, a number of electricity suppliers increased their prices which means that as the winter rolls in consumers could be facing bigger bills. So, in an effort to help consumers keep those costs down, a bit anyway, Grainne McGuinness put together some tips for an article in the Irish Examiner earlier this week.
Why should consumers have to lose their no-claim bonus when they’re not to blame?
This article by Dorothea Dowling in the Irish Independent caught Consumer News Round-up’s eye as it explores, or at least asks the question, why consumers are forced to lose their no-claim bonus and pay higher premiums on their motor insurance when they are not to blame and the problem was caused by another motorist. It’s a very good question Dorothea!
Read the full article here: ‘Dorothea Dowling: Are you being robbed of your no-claims bonus?’, Irish Independent, 8th August 2018.
Advice on how to keep costs down when there’s last minute fare hikes
If you’re hoping to arrange a last-minute getaway but find that air fare prices have shot up, then you might want to take at look at this article by Sinead Ryan in the Irish Independent when has a few tips on how you can try to keep the costs down.
The latest on the Ryanair strikes
Consumer News Round-up might as well go ahead and make this section a permanent feature. Well, we’ll see. Again this week we have some of the latest news about the on-going Ryanair strikes.
Read the full articles here:
- ‘Dutch Ryanair pilots to join strikes on Friday as legal action to shop them fails’, by Anne-Marie Walsh, Irish Independent, 9th August 2018.
- ‘Dutch court rules Ryanair pilots can join strikes tomorrow’, Irish Examiner, 9th August 2018.
- ‘Strikes could ground up to 400 Ryanair flights on Friday’, by Barry O’Halloran, The Irish Times, 9th August 2018.
- ‘Hundreds of Ryanair flights cancelled today as union blames lack of EC regulation for strikes’, by John Mulligan, Irish Independent, 10th August, 2018.
- ‘Pilot strikes see hundreds of Ryanair Flights cancelled’, Irish Examiner, 10th August 2018.