Should you book a holiday with a travel agent if they are not covered by ABTA or ATOL

By Global Travel Worldwide

Booking a holiday with a travel agent that is not covered by ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) could still be a viable option, but it does come with certain considerations and potential risks.

Here are some factors to keep in mind:

Advantages of Booking with an ABTA Member:

Financial Protection: One of the main benefits of booking with an ABTA member is the financial protection it offers. If the travel company goes out of business before your trip or while you’re on holiday, ABTA ensures you receive a refund or assistance to continue your holiday. This protection is not guaranteed with non-ABTA travel agents.

Code of Conduct: ABTA members adhere to a code of conduct that sets standards for service quality and professionalism. This provides consumers with a level of assurance that the travel company will meet certain standards.

Considerations for Booking with Non-ABTA Travel Agents:

No ABTA Protection: The most significant drawback of booking with a non-ABTA travel agent is the lack of ABTA’s financial protection. If the travel company faces financial difficulties, you might not have the same level of support in terms of refunds or assistance.

Research and Due Diligence: If you’re considering booking with a non-ABTA travel agent, you should conduct thorough research about the company. Check reviews, reputation, and feedback from other travellers to ensure that the agent has a history of providing reliable services.

Travel Insurance: Regardless of whether you book with an ABTA member or a non-ABTA travel agent, having comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended. Travel insurance can provide coverage for various unexpected events, including trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and travel disruptions.

Terms and Conditions: Before booking, carefully review the terms and conditions of the travel agent. Understand cancellation policies, refund procedures, and any other important details that could affect your trip.

Alternative Protections: In some cases, non-ABTA travel agents might offer their own form of financial protection or bonding schemes. You should inquire about these options to understand what level of coverage they provide.

Ultimately, the decision to book with a travel agent that is not covered by ABTA depends on your comfort level with the risks involved and your confidence in the agent’s reputation and services. If you prioritise the additional financial protection and standards provided by ABTA, booking with an ABTA member might be a safer choice. However, if you’re considering a non-ABTA travel agent, be sure to exercise due diligence and consider purchasing travel insurance to mitigate potential risks.

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