Insuring Against the Weather

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You have probably seen this story all over the press and TV in the last 24 hours. Lufthansa has decided to offer insurnace against it raining on your holiday. Book in the next 11 days on an economy flight going between September and the end of October and, if more than one tenth of an inch of rain falls (according to www.wetteronline.de, then you receive €20 per day for up to 10 days.
Now coming on the top of the Thomas Cook idea of letting the Germans pay up front for sun lounges that I mentioned a week or so ago, you could say that we are missing out again.

To enjoy Lufthansa’s offer you have to buy the insurance and then start your flights from Germany. And guess what. None of the flights go to the UK. Maybe they think it rains in our countries. They go to Egypt, Istanbul and Barcelona and other known wet places to name but 3. No, that’s not fair. New York is listed and it can rain there quite a bit but it is very hot there at the moment.

What I want to know is which British airline of tour operator is going to follow this trend. Will Butlins offer us a £5 for each day it rains if we stay at one of their camps? If I fly or train it up to Edinburgh will National Express East Coast Line or BA give me insurance if it rains whilst I am at the festival? Can you see Ryanair giving me a discount if it rains when I go to the west of Ireland? One of the reasons I am not in Bala this week is that I thought it could be wet and a bit uncomfortable in the fields during the Eisteddfod.

No I can see British companies only offering this to us if we fly to the Gobi desert or somewhere like that. We’ll just have to live with it. And yes, it is raining outside as I write this!!

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