With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday growing in popularity in the UK, airlines and travel companies are increasingly advertising deals on getaways.
Our research shows that 43 percent of us plan to book an overseas trip before Christmas this year, and that almost half of us will be actively looking out for a Black Friday deal on a holiday or trip.
We are urging you to check holiday deals carefully, and be wary of scams to make sure there are no nasty surprises!
Always make sure you are financially protected by ATOL if you are booking an overseas package holiday.
How can I check the travel company holds an ATOL licence?
You can use our handy tool below to check that the travel company holds an ATOL licence.
Our top travel tips for Black Friday
Before paying, you should always check that your travel provider is a legitimate ATOL holder and check that the trip is financially protected by ATOL.
Using a credit card should allow you to benefit from enhanced purchase protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, if your purchase is between £100 – £30,000.
It’s important to check there are no hidden costs in the terms and conditions or your bargain price could soon start to rise. Before booking your trip, don’t forget to check:
- Does it include baggage allowance?
- Is the travel company based in the UK?
- Is there any flexibility in the booking?
- Do other travel companies offer the same price?
Travel insurance can provide extra protection if your trip doesn’t work out quite as you intended. It can protect you from range of mishaps from cancellations, missed transport and medical emergencies.
What is the ATOL scheme?
The ATOL scheme (which stands for Air Travel Organiser’s Licence) is a financial protection scheme that protects you when you book a package trip that includes a flight.
Separate to travel insurance, the ATOL scheme steps in to protect passengers if their holiday company ceases to trade, assisting them to get home if they are already abroad or allowing them to make a claim for a refund if they are yet to travel.