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Last minute getaway deals warning

Date posted: 24.08.2021

The UK Civil Aviation Authority is warning travellers not to leave themselves unprotected when booking last minute deals to holiday destinations.

With many popular destinations now open for visitors, lots of us will be searching for bargain trips abroad, but it’s more important than ever to check that your trip is financially protected.

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.

Look beyond the price

It is important to look beyond the price of some offers and make sure there is ATOL holiday financial protection in place for your trip. Not all websites ending in will be companies based in the UK too, which means they may not offer financial protection. There a few ways to check if your travel company is covered before you book:

  • If the ATOL logo is on their shop window, website or brochure
  • If they have a unique 4 or 5 digit ATOL number
  • If they are listed on our ‘Check an ATOL’ page

Andy Cohen, Head of ATOL at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said:

“With travellers eager to get away, we urge consumers to do their research and look beyond the price when booking last minute getaways to hotspot destinations.

“It is more important now than ever that travellers make sure they are financially protected when travelling.”

Visit to find out more information and tips about how to book a trip securely.


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