So how does it work?
Well, say you arrange a world cruise through (a hypothetical) “Tip Top Trips”. They’ll fly you out to join the ship in the Bahamas, where the adventure of a lifetime begins. You’re excited, you can’t wait to relax and you’ve already started buying sun cream like it’s going out of fashion.
Then you get a call. “Tip Top Trips” has folded – your holiday is no more.
At this point, you may be sad, angry and disappointed- sun-creamed up with nowhere to go. And if your booking wasn’t ATOL protected, you’re also out of pocket. Without it, any money you have paid out for your holiday is likely to be unrecoverable.
That’s why ATOL protection is so important.
So, if your travel company goes out of business before your holiday starts, you’ll get a full refund. In addition, if your travel company goes out of business while you’re away, ATOL protection makes sure you get to finish your holiday and get home safe.
And ATOL protection doesn’t only cover your holiday: it also protects the money you’ve paid for flights to or from the UK. If an airline fails, being covered by ATOL means your travel company will have to find you alternative flights or give you your money back.
Even if you’re only taking one flight in the trip, like flying out to join a cruise and sailing back, you’re protected. ATOL protection means you’re even covered if you don’t receive your flight tickets when you should.