ABTA & ATOL Protection
Your best protection is to buy holidays from an ABTA and ATOL bonded tour operator. Carrier is a member of ABTA, abiding by the ABTA Code of Conduct, you’ll also be reassured to know that package holidays sold by Carrier are financially protected by ABTA’s financial protection scheme as well as ATOL which covers all flight-based packages.
This financial security means if a company or their supplier failed or the holiday booked cannot be provided (including Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice against travel) you would be entitled to a full refund of the cost of the package if you were yet to travel and would also include hotel costs and flights home if you were abroad at the time of the financial failure. It’s worth remembering if you book your own flights directly with airlines they are not protected under the ATOL scheme. If the holiday can be provided and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice is safe to travel but you are unable to travel, you will only be financially protected through an adequate travel insurance policy.
Whilst you hopefully won’t have to make a claim, it is a requirement of booking with Carrier that you hold adequate travel insurance cover. Ensure your policy has adequate cover, some policies have a low limit on cancellation cover (the sum insured should cover the full value of the booking), this will ensure that from booking through to returning home you travel with complete peace of mind.