It’s legal. But very much like a scam.
Booking a flight with Flybe led them into a bargain trap. The form invites those who book a flight with the company to claim their £15 discount. How could they refuse? It’s a very expensive bargain. Simply saying ‘yes’ and giving them your card details wins you the £15.
The one in a hundred who read the small print will see they have joined ‘Rewards first’ which promises many benefits. None turned up for my constituents. Even though there was no standing order or direct debit, £14.95 was taken every month out of their current accounts.
Neither of them could recall signing up for Rewards First. They did not recognise the name of the company. In one case, it was four months before they managed to stop the payments, in the other case six. There is no hope of getting the money returned. Saving £15 cost £90. One told the bank to stop the payments. The bank refused until the person went through a fortnight of an elaborate rigmarole with the company involved. In that time an additional £14.95 was taken from their account.
Why do Flybe expose their customers to this? Even cautious buyers are falling for this legal scam.
I am on the case.
The dreadful secret that the Chilcot committee has read is that Britain did not need to lose 179 British lives in Iraq. That was what Bush told Blair. The Americans could have done the job without us. It was Blair's insistence that was responsible for the British deaths.