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A guide to Atol protected holiday companies
ATOL - What it is
ATOL stands for an Air Travel Organiser's Licence and in simple terms it is holiday protection scheme that is overseen by the CAA (the Civil Aviation Authority). In order to class themselves as ATOL protected holiday companies, each company has to adhere to the licensing standards that are set by the CAA.
Part of these requirements include the company having to pay contributions to the Air Travel Trust (ATT). Having done this, the company will then be issued with their own ATOL number, which they should then display on their website or on their business premises.
Should any holiday companies offering ATOL protection go out of business, anyone who has booked a holiday through them will be reinbursed any lost monies or be given a flight home, should they be stranded abroad.
ATOL protection - ensuring you have it
To look for an ATOL protected holiday company, you can pay a visit to the CAA's website (caa.co.uk). In addition, you can check the vaildity of a company's ATOL number by entering it in the search box on the CAA website.
However, before confirming your trip with any holiday company, you should double-check with them that all your flights, as well as your accommodation, are indeed covered. You should also ensure you receive a special confirmation invoice that includes details of the total costs and confirmation of the protection.
Examples of protected companies
There exist many genuine ATOL protected holiday companies but here are just one or two examples. Teletextholidays.co.uk offer holiday deals for those in the south of England, with flights leaving from both London and the south. Olympicholidays.co.uk are also fully protected and are also a member of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) giving you extra peace of mind. Finally, if you are looking for bargain, all inclusive deals, then visit Sunmaster.co.uk, another authentic ATOL protected company.