January 8, 2013 10:41 AM

Make sure your holiday is ATOL protected

Cheadle MP Mark Hunter is urging local residents to pack peace of mind when purchasing their holidays this year, by making sure they book an ATOL-protected trip.

The ATOL scheme is there to protect people against the risk of their travel company going bust: ensuring they can continue their holiday and return home safely if the company collapses whilst they are away; or providing refunds if they're yet to travel. And with over two million ATOL-protected air holidays expected to be sold in the UK during January - the scheme will give holidaymakers in Cheadle and across the country peace of mind that their hard earned holiday will not be lost.

During 2012, Parliament agreed two key changes to the scheme to widen protection and help people understand when they are protected. Holidays known by the industry as 'Flight-Plus' are now included in the scheme, as well as traditional package holidays. A 'Flight-Plus' booking is one that includes a flight plus accommodation and/or car hire, so long as these separate parts of the holiday are booked with the same company and within a day of each other.

Commenting, Mark said:
The second change agreed by Parliament in 2012 saw the introduction of the ATOL certificate; offering consumers greater clarity on how their holiday is protected. Anyone who books an ATOL-protected trip will now receive an ATOL certificate from their travel company as soon as they make any payment. The certificate tells them what is protected, who is protecting it and what to do if something goes wrong.

"As many local residents look forward to their summer holidays, I would strongly encourage them to book an ATOL-protected trip to guard against any potential mishaps that could occur either before - or during - the visit.

"The ATOL scheme is in place to make sure that if your travel company goes bust, you will not lose any money as a result.

"If anybody is unsure about whether or not their holiday is protected, visit"

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