Bonding is a tricky subject, I understand that some people prefer to separate the elements of their holiday because it offers flexibility and a saving, ultimately it’s your decision – but here are the facts and downfalls.
I’m going to try to keep it simple and worded as you the traveller.
This is where you buy your cruise from an agent (such as ourselves) (and have ABTA protection on that cruise booking)
You buy your flights online from Some where else (like easyjet)
Transfers, Hotels all separate bookings and payments.
You’re being the agent – as its YOU that’s created the package.
ABTA / ATOL bonding does not apply if anything does not work.
What Can go wrong
Flight delay – it is YOUR responsibility to buy a new flight to the first port of call
Failure – say the Hotel goes into administration – you have to book into a different hotel and claim your money back for the first hotel / covering any difference yourself.
If you’re doing this – you should
- use your credit card for payments in case of financial collapse
(except the cruise as that has ABTA protection)
- Book a pre-cruise hotel stay – in case of a delayed flight out – you have a buffer of time just in case.
This is a One Stop purchase.
Where you book with one agent or operator and have ONE booking with everything within.
Check that the company is bonded in the relevant way depending on what you’re booking
ABTA = is a check of Quality and financial protection.
ATOL = is an agent that is licensed and protected by the Government to make packages on the customers behalf including AIR
ATOL stands for Air Tour Organiser Licence.
For an Agency to be ABTA & ATOL bonded requires the agent to submit their accounts annually, to be profitable, to have everything in order.
If your cruise has flights involved – you Must be issued with an ATOL certificate, this is your protection document in case of any failures or problems. It has information as to what you should do in the event of a collapse.
The ATOL certificate MUST be for the full package. a seperate certificate for the cruise, flights and hotel does not provide adiquate protection.
I hope this helps you.
Tarar for now
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