The survey asked consumers which booking elements are essential or important. The top 10 were:
1. Safe and Secure Accommodation 86%
2. A Financial Protection Scheme 79%
3. ATOL Financial Protection 74%
4. ABTA Membership 73%
5. Knowledgeable Staff 67%
6. Ease of Transport Connections 63%
7. Range of Holidays on offer 58%
8. Convenient location 55%
9. A Well Known Name in Travel 55%
10. Lowest prices 53%
Package holidays which involve a flight plus another holiday element from purchased from the same supplier are protected under the CAA’s ATOL scheme.
However even after the proposed ATOL reform which is currently in consultation, huge volumes will remain outside legislative protection including those travellers booking directly with airlines, do-it-yourself holidays, non-air travel and holidays within the UK.
“Over half of travel from the UK is not a ‘package’ and many travellers do not realise their bookings are not insolvency protected” explained Michael Ward, Director at travel insolvency specialists International Passenger Protection Ltd. “The CAA have recognised this important issue as part of the ATOL reform is to increase awareness whether booking are ATOL protected or not.”
“Thankfully, most quality travel insurance providers have recognised the issue and have stepped up to the mark by including elements of cover against the insolvency, however not all of them have,” continued Ward.
The types of cover includes Scheduled Airline Failure Insurance which reimburses policyholders if their airline goes bankrupt, including the additional costs of return travel.
For added peace of mind there is End Supplier Failure Insurance which extends the Scheduled Airline Failure to include other elements including as hotels, car hire companies, excursion providers, etc.
“You should check your travel insurance carefully as not all policies include this important element of cover” concluded Ward.
If your current travel insurance policy does not have insolvency protection then bespoke cover can be arranged through www.ProtectMyHoliday.com.
For more information please contact: Michael Ward, Director (info@
• ProtectMyHoliday.com is a trading name of International Passenger Protection Limited (IPP) formed in 1990.
• International Passenger Protection Ltd (IPP) operates as an underwriting agency on behalf of insurers and re-insurers who’s combined net assets exceed Euro 100 Billion
• IPP is the largest and main supplier of Scheduled Airline Failure Insurance (SAFI) and cover for other parts of the holiday in the UK and world-wide operating in over 30 countries.
• IATA Airlines Financial Monitor for July-August:
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Since its formation in 1990 IPP has established itself as the world’s largest provider of insolvency / credit and default products to the travel industry and operate in over 30 countries.