The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the United Kingdom is warning holidaymakers not to leave themselves vulnerable when booking last-minute vacation packages.
With so many popular destinations now open to visitors, many travellers are likely to be looking for cheap international vacations.
According to the CAA, it is now more necessary than ever to ensure that a vacation is financially safeguarded. If you’re booking a package vacation, check to see if it’s covered by the ATOL scheme.
Under the ATOL protection, if the travel firm you booked with goes out of business, you’ll either receive your money back or, if you’ve already started your vacation, you’ll be able to finish it at no additional expense.
It’s crucial to look past the price of certain deals and ensure that your trip is covered by ATOL holiday financial insurance.
Not all websites with a .co.uk extension are run by corporations based in the United Kingdom, so they may not provide financial protection.
Before you book, you can use the following methods to check if your travel provider is covered:
- Look for an ATOL mark is displayed in their shop window, on their website, or in their brochure
- Search for a four- or five-digit ATOL number that is unique.
- Check if the company appears on the CAA’s website’s ‘Check an ATOL’ page.
“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,” said Andy Cohen, head of ATOL at the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
“It is more important now than ever that travellers make sure they are financially protected when travelling.”
– India’s new age travel digital media