CMA threatens Lastminute with legal action

12th February 2021 by admin

PDF IconOpen the Article

On 1 December 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that Lastminute .com had signed formal undertakings which committed it to pay out over £7 million to more than 9,000 customers when their holidays were cancelled due to the pandemic.
All those affected were due to get their money back by 31 January 2021 at the latest, however, Lastminute .com still owes over £1 million to 2,600 customers.

The company has also failed to meet its ongoing commitment to repay all customers entitled to a refund within 14 days of their package holiday being cancelled on or after 3 December 2020.
On top of this, Lastminute .com told some package holiday customers to go directly to their airline to get the cost of their flight back. This is also in breach of its commitments and against its obligations under the Package Travel Regulations.

Travel Insurance

The CMA has informed Lastminute .com that it will take court action if it does not repay the outstanding refunds within 7 days. To avoid court action, Lastminute .com must also ensure that customers who book their package holidays from now on will receive a full refund within 14 days where they are legally entitled to their money back following the cancellation of their package holiday.


• Lastminute .com committed to repay at least half of customers by 16 December 2020 and to pay the remaining refunds by no later than 31 January 2021. It signed undertakings on 27 November 2020 and the CMA announced this on 1 December 2020.
• The CMA sent a letter before action to Lastminute .com on Friday 12 February 2021. This outlined that the CMA intends to apply to the court for an order under section 217 of the Enterprise Act 2002 requiring Lastminute .com to comply with its obligations under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.
• The commitments signed by Lastminute .com relate to package travel holidays, not flights alone.
• Where package holidays are cancelled and consumers are entitled to a full refund under the Package Travel Regulations, those refunds must be provided within 14 days of the cancellation.

[Source: CMA, 12 February 2021]

The information on this website is brought to you free of charge. However some links on the site are affiliate links, including the links to Amazon. This means that we may receive a commission if you purchase something via that link. This funding helps pay for the upkeep, design and content of the site. Without it the site would not exist. If you have found the site useful or interesting please consider using the links to make your purchases; it will be much appreciated. For every commission we receive 10% will be donated to charity.

We use cookies, just to track visits to our website, we store no personal details. ACCEPT COOKIES What are cookies?