Will you be doing the holiday booking boogie knowing your holiday for 2023 is financially protected by ATOL? Of course you will be.
Whether you are looking to lounge on a beach, see the sights or go on an adventure, always make sure you are financially protected by ATOL if you are booking an overseas package holiday.
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 Organisers Licence) is a financial protection scheme that protects you when you book a package trip that includes a flight. This is separate to travel insurance.
If an ATOL licensed travel company stops trading, the scheme protects their package holiday customers, making sure they don’t get stuck abroad or lose money if they are yet to travel.
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.