Financial Protection Explained
All our agent partners are fully ABTA/ATOL bonded for peace of mind. Since the growth of online travel, many people have taken to booking direct but this doesn't always work out cheaper and is done with huge financial risk. If any component of your holiday ceases to trade or if the flight is delayed/cancelled, other elements booked cannot be refunded so the liklehood would be total loss of funds.
You work hard for your holiday so don't take the risk of an unbonded holiday.
When booking with an agent, they can either sell a package holiday or dynamically package a holiday together using various trade-only suppliers. These options can vary greatly in price but there is no rule as to which is cheaper, however, an agent will always source the best suited option for the client.
ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) is the UK trade body for UK travel agents assuring all clients of financial security. ABTA's main aims are to maintain high standards of trading practise for the benefits of it's members, the travel industry at large, and the consumers that they serve.
ATOL (Air Tour Operators License) is issued and administered by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and permits the sale of air-inclusive packages. ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out checks on the tour operators and travel organisers it licenses, and requiring them to take part in a financial guarantee scheme managed by the Air Travel Trust (ATT) which provides the funds to protect customers should a firm fail. In some cases a licence holder will also provide a bond, which is lodged with the ATT and provides additional funds.
If a tour operator goes out of business, the CAA will ensure you do not lose the money you paid over, or if you're abroad, we'll arrange for you to finish your holiday and fly home.