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UK holidaymakers warned to check for financial protection

Date posted: 05.08.2021

With more popular holiday destinations now added to the Government’s green list for travel and more hot-spot locations for vaccinated travellers on the amber list, many of us will now be searching for a long-awaited trip abroad. With the new additions comes more deals and offers for holidays, and ATOL are reminding potential passengers that financial protection for your booking is more important now than ever.

What’s the best form of financial protection?

If you are booking a package holiday, make sure that it is financially protected by the ATOL scheme. ATOL protection means that if the travel company you booked with ceases trading, you will either get your money back, or, if you have already begun your holiday, be able to complete your trip at no extra cost.

A package holiday is a combination of travel elements, such as a flight and hotel stay, that is sold by a travel provider in one inclusive price. Any UK company that sells package holidays which include a flight are legally required to register with ATOL, however you should always check that your travel provider is a legitimate ATOL holder. You can do this on the UK Civil Aviation Authority website at:

How else can I protect my holiday?

While ATOL protected package holidays provide the best level of protection possible, there are other ways of booking trips and protecting your cash. Our top tips for travelling this year are:

  • Book an ATOL protected package holiday
  • Follow the rules and requirements for entry to your destination
  • Book on a credit card where possible for Section 75 protection under the Consumer Credit Act
  • Take out comprehensive travel insurance as soon as you book
  • Keep up to date with UK Government travel advice and follow advice when returning

Commenting, Andy Cohen, Head of ATOL, said:

“We are starting to see more and more popular holiday destinations opening up to travellers. With the final part of the summer season still to come, we expect to see an increase in last minute bookings.

“If you’re booking a trip away, beware of deals that look too good to be true. Always do your research and book a package holiday that is financially protected by ATOL. It’s important now more than ever that holidaymakers make sure they are financially protected when travelling.”

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