deposit requirements in Ireland

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Mar 29th, 2011, 12:39 PM
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deposit requirements in Ireland

Hello

I have been in contact with a company on line from Ireland who is putting together a self
guided tour which included booking car rental accommodations ect.
They require a 20% deposit which in fine by me but then they want the remaining amount be paid 30 days before we go. I told them we would feel more comfortable if they put everything through the day we arrived , seeing that they would have my credit card anyway, but they said its company policy.
Is this common practice in Ireland to want the full amount 30 days before? Can you
suggest how i check there credibility. before booking?

This company has been doing a great job for me but this makes me nervous!

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Mar 29th, 2011, 12:45 PM
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Lots of businesses require payment in full before you get there, including tours, cruises, apartment rentals, etc. They'd go out of business if they didn't require payment until someone decided to show up (or not).
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Mar 29th, 2011, 12:50 PM
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if you let me know the company i can check them for you. i live in ireland
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Mar 29th, 2011, 01:13 PM
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It is totally/absolutely normal to pay full up front. If you were on a Globus or Trafalgar or CIE tour you'd have paid in full months before traveling. If renting a cottage -- you'd pay a deposit upon booking and the full balance 6-8 weeks before arriving.

My question is why are you booking a 'self guided' tour in the first place. If it is self-guided -- why do you need a middle man??? I'm sure you could do it just as easily (and probably cheaper) on your own.
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Mar 29th, 2011, 01:45 PM
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Thank you! Your information has been a huge help!

Thank you Lyndasaluki I couldn't find out how to e-mail you directly but I did some digging and they seem top notch.

JanisJ I wish I had your guts, maybe next time I will plan on my own but spending hours getting this far and planning this trip for 3 others I'd rather do it this way this time.
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Apr 1st, 2011, 12:36 PM
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Every day tour we have booked they want full payment. We paid in full for one hotel and 10% down for another. The apartment I rented for three nights in Edinburgh wanted 100 pounds deposit and took paypal. I only owe then 80 pounds now so one less thing to pay for. I have had my own business and my dog sitter gets so upset when people book during holidays and never bother to even call and cancel. I totally understand.
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