The internet has made it easier than ever to plan and book your next holiday. It can be very exciting to shop around and get a great deal. However, it’s important that you keep your wits about you to avoid any problems when booking a holiday online.
Use Reputable Travel Agents
The internet is home to hundreds of different travel agents. Make sure you only ever book from a reputable and well known company. Also ensure that the travel agent is ABTA or ABTOL registered. This provides you guarantees that even if the tour operator goes out of business, you won’t be left stranded. If you haven’t heard about a website before then consider checking out the reviews before deciding whether or not to book your holiday through the site.
Phone To Confirm
If you have any doubts about your booking then it’s better to find out sooner rather than later. Try phoning the airline and hotel directly to confirm your booking and make sure that you are staying when and where you think you are.
Check Where You Are Staying
Many budget airlines fly to smaller regional airports which can make it difficult to get to your hotel. Make sure you do your homework and research how to get to your hotel from the airport you are flying into. Also make sure you are happy with where you are staying before making a booking.
Pay With Credit Or Debit Card
Never pay for a holiday with cash or by bank transfer. When playing by credit or debit card you have much more protection. This means that you can initiate a chargeback should anything happen to the company, or you learn that you were mislead when making the booking. Not all prepaid debit and credit cards offer the same purchase protection. where possible make sure you book using your current account debit card, or a normal credit card.
Know Your Rights
It’s important to understand your rights when making a booking just in case anything does go wrong. If the tour operator cancels or changes any part of your holiday before you leave then you are entitled to a full refund without being charged a cancellation fee. You can also accept a lower substitute holiday and receive a refund. You can also accept a free upgrade to a better holiday. If you are upgraded by the tour operator then you are not expected to pay extra.
Check Visa Requirements
If you are travelling within Europe then you shouldn’t need to worry about obtaining a visa before you travel. However, if you are traveling somewhere more exotic or further afield then make sure you apply for your visa well in advance. There would be nothing more frustrating than turning up at the airport only to be told you should have applied for a visa months ago.