CAA issues warning to travelling Brits
26 January 2009 08:07
People in the UK looking to book an overseas holiday have been warned to make sure their trip is financially protected.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued the warning in the wake of the travel firms Zoom and XL filing for bankruptcy.
People who travel abroad on DIY trips, where flights and hotels are booked separately, are more often than not covered by the CAA's own protection scheme, Atol.
Bob Tolliday, a travel expert with consumer group Which?, said: "Don't assume your holiday is protected regardless of how you booked it.
"It pays to double-check and if you are going on a DIY holiday it would be best to pay with a credit card which will give [you] some cover."
The CAA also emphasised the importance of having adequate cover through travel insurance, especially if holidaymakers have any specialist activities, such as skiing or snowboarding, planned.
It was estimated that in 2007 that 18 million people in the UK preferred DIY travel to package holidays.