Best day to book a flight. Thomson disappears.

Thomson becomes “TUI”

Thomson logoYesterday the “Thomson” name officially disappeared from the UK holiday marketplace, becoming the last “TUI” subsidiary to adopt the corporate branding. The Thomson Travel Group was created in 1965 when Canada’s Thomson Corporation bought four existing UK tour operators — Gaytours, Luxitours, Riviera and Skytours — as well as the charter airline Britannia Airways.

TUI logoThe company explained: “As of today the Thomson brand changes to become TUI with a remit to continue to modernise the way the nation holidays.” Thomson became part of a German conglomerate, Preussag, in 2000. That firm, which was formerly the Prussian Mining and Metallurgical Company, itself rebranded in 2002 as TUI — short for Touristik Union International.
Thomson Airways, formerly Britannia, has become TUI Airways. First Choice, the all-inclusive brand, and Crystal Ski are unaffected. The firm’s cruise division, however, has created an entirely new name: Marella. All flights to and from Madeira seem to be branded “TUIfly” nowadays.

Best day to book a flight

Book online graphicWhilst trying to book a flight to Moscow next month (apologies in advance – the blog could be off-air for a while) I became convinced that my repeated search on the same date caused prices to rise – I had had to accept “cookies” when viewing the TAP website. When I returned the following day from a different PC the prices had returned to the original price.
Googling this rip-off, I came across a 2015 article in the Telegraph: Apparently Friday is the most expensive day of the week to buy a plane ticket, with flights on average 13 per cent dearer than if booked on a Sunday. Customers have previously been advised to book plane tickets on a Tuesday because they were most likely to find a bargain. Airline executives were said to come into work on a Monday, look at the weekend sales and try to offload the remaining seats on Tuesday.

Ponta do Pargo link to be resumed

Ponta do Pargo unfinished tunnelThe Diario leads this morning with the news that work on the the expressway between Raposeira and Ponta do Pargo will be urgently resumed. It is to be inaugurated in 2019, making the westernmost part of the island, and its iconic lighthouse more accessible. I don’t recall when work actually stopped, but the succession of tunnels with nothing connecting them has been a part of the landscape in that neck of the woods for some while.

7 thoughts on “Best day to book a flight. Thomson disappears.”

  1. While not particularly relevant to Thomson disappearing, the travel company TUI was big in Germany many years before your “re-branding”. I certainly applied for a job with them (based in Hanover/Hannover) when I lived in Germany in the eighties

    Without Googling it I suspect they were bought at some time by Preussag, who still used the TUI name for the German travel business, so the re-branding you mention could have been a name change for the whole company.

    Avid Googlers can presumably easily prove me wrong, but they won’t prove me wrong that TUI was big (probably even market leader) in Germany decades earlier.

    (Aside: when I heard about the name change from Thomson to TUI, I wondered if this was happening because of what happened to Monarch – i.e. an old British travel company falling on bad times so let’s not associate ourselves with an old British travel company…)

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  2. As for travelling on Tuesday, yes, but not an early flight because business travellers seem to often want to spend Monday in the home office and then work abroad Tue-Fri (Yes, Friday evening flights are a disaster).

    Of course this might only be true of Finland to UK, where because Finland is two hours ahead, that early flight arrives at about 9:30 local time. In the opposite direction, business travellers presumably tend to fly on Monday evening.

    I’ve started flying on Wednesday -if given the choice – because planes (and airport security checks) seem emptier then.

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  3. I guess all the aircraft will be repainted to change the Thomsonfly name to Tuifly?

    I remember when Thomson was first taken over by Tui. We went to Tenerife and the German Tui reps refused to talk/help us and in fact seemed to look down at us as inferior! Years later we went back there and this time all Tui & Thomson customers were treated equally e.g. shared transfer bus to airport etc.

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  4. Mike – according to Wikipedia TUI goes back to 1923, but its ownership has been constantly changing, with numerous mergers and regular renaming – for a long time it was part of the huge Hapag-Lloyd container line.

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