Maximise act as agents for Strand Travel Limited who hold ATOL 5429 and ABTA 94506 and W3936. Strand Trasvel, and Maximise, are committed to offering the highest standards of service to our customers. This is why Strand Travel choose to invest in ABTA (94506 & W3936) & ATOL (5429) to allow Maximise to act as agents giving financial protection that provides cover for you and your friends.
What’s ABTA protection, and why do you need it?
ABTA & ATOL are the industry standard financial protection schemes for the travel market. Think of it like insurance for your booking. In the event of a company failing, you won’t lose yours or your friends money.
ABTA & ATOL exist to ensure that high standards of practice are achieved for the benefit of its members, the travel industry generally, and the customers they serve.
ABTA - The Travel Association - represents over 5,000 travel agencies and more than 900 tour operations throughout Britain. You’ll notice all the major travel agencies & tour operators have ABTA & ATOL membership details on their websites. So if you come across a holiday vendor who doesn’t have it, ask why not?
So what’s ATOL?
ATOL is for flights. It offers the similar protection as ABTA for flight inclusive packages. So it does not offer protection if you haven’t booked flights as part of your package. Maximise do not package flights as, when large groups are involved, it’s easier if individuals arrange their own flights. We can advise and help you figure out the best flight options for your group.
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In a nutshell
1. Always book your holiday with a company that is ABTA protected, or ATOL protected if you’re buying flights, because if the company goes under between when you book and go away, everyone will lose their money.
2. Some companies don’t bother paying for ABTA & ATOL protection, because it’s expensive and a hassle to abide by the organisation’s best practice regulations. Strand Travel (and Maximise as an agent) does because it’s in our customer’s interests.
3. All mainstream travel companies are ABTA & ATOL protected. If the company you’re considering booking a stag or hen weekend isn’t, ask why?