The ATOL bond covers losses incurred by customers due to financial failure of Fun Travel Ltd., when purchasing a holiday package that includes an air ticket. Flight tickets from a non-licensed source, in the UK or abroad, do not have this guarantee.
The Civil Aviation Authorities issue a leaflet called "peace of Mind" - which explains the importance of booking holidays through an ATOL bonded travel company. The Civil Aviation Authority leaflet states :
Be aware ATOL doesn't cover all holidays. You won't be ATOL protected if you book:
• directly with an airline
• a flight with a travel company and get your airline tickets straightaway
• just accommodation or car hire
• a holiday with no flights
The text below is from the CAA leaflet "Peace of Mind for Air Travellers"
"Risks of DIY holidays
Many holidaymakers now plan so-called "DIY holidays", where you bring together holiday
flights and accommodation from different suppliers, such as from airlines and hotel bed-banks.
However, despite what many people believe, these holidays are not protected in the way
a holiday package bought from a single holiday company would be under the ATOL Scheme.
If you book your complete holiday with an ATOL travel company you will be protected.
If you book direct with an airline, including budget airlines, you WON'T be ATOL protected.
Some airlines have websites that also provide links to other websites that offer hotel
and car hire. Remember, because you're not booking with a single travel company,
you WON'T be ATOL protected."
Click on the image to read the full "Peace of Mind" leaflet
When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong." "We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable)."
"If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme."
We are a UK registered ATOL bonded tour operator – ATOL number 6811. All payments are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Websites without an ATOL licence have no such guarantee and are not allowed to sell flights in the UK. Websites / suppliers based outside the UK are not bound by UK law. Our direct contract with the various airlines sets us apart from other travel companies.
See What We Do and How We Work on the top banner. Other travel companies are unable to offer the service on flights that we give you.
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