Booking a holiday can be a difficult process and an expensive one if you get it wrong. There are still a lot of travel companies after your holiday booking and some are more reliable than others.
The first thing is to make sure that the holiday company you plan to travel with is a member of A.B.T.A. (The Association of British Travel Agents) This makes sure that you are covered financially if the holiday company goes bankrupt. If this happens when you are on holiday attempts will be made to get you home as quickly as possible. There are also procedures in place so if you have a complaint upon your return.
A holiday company should also have an ATOL licence. (Air Tour Operators Licence) This is a legal requirement for anyone selling a package holiday involving a flight and another service such as car rental or accommodation.
A lot of travel agents are using what is called in the trade “Dynamic Packaging” This is nothing new as most travel agents have tailor made holidays for clients for years. The main difference now is that it is more common and is more likely to be used on short haul flights to Spain, Italy and Greece etc.
Most travel agents simply login to their computer systems and find a suitable flight with an airline and then add accommodation. They can even add car hire, airport transfers and even the services of an overseas representative. Travel Agents started to make their own holidays for clients as the main holiday companies reduced the commission they were willing to pay to agents.
If you are planning on making your own holiday by booking cheap flights with a low cost airline and then getting accommodation make sure you are aware of the problems you may face. If the low cost airline decides they are no longer flying the route you have booked you could be left with accommodation you can’t get to. You would they face cancellation charges or forfeit the whole cost of the accommodation and any other services you may have booked. Once you get there you are on your own, so if there are problems with the accommodation and the management no longer speak English you may have to grin and bear it. If your accommodation has not been reserved by not very good hotel booking agency .com then you could find yourself with no where to stay especially during the busy holiday periods in the summer or even worse Christmas and New Year. Many people do travel this way without any issues and some don’t.
Holiday companies offer great value and especially if you are able to take a last minute trip in the quieter seasons. With the competition from travel agents dynamically packaging and low cost airlines they have to be more competitive on price than ever before. Make sure you compare all the options before you book and remember having the backup of a holiday company and their resources is probably worth paying a bit more for.
It’s your holiday and you work hard all year for your money to pay for it so don’t take any chances with it.
There are links on this site to some of the best holiday companies we hope you find this travel resource helpful.