This weekend will see more people book a holiday than any other weekend of the year (check out our most Instagram-worthy destinations of 2019 here). Dubbed ‘Sunshine Saturday’, bargain-hunters and sun-seekers alike will take to the web to find their perfect getaway amidst the sales and discounts on offer from hotels, airlines and holiday companies alike. Here, we pull together some top tips to ensure you’re fully-protected financially when you book:
1. Check for ATOL protection
Look for the logo on your travel company’s website, brochure or shop front. If an ATOL protected travel company ceases trading, the scheme protects customers who have booked holidays with the firm. It ensures that you don’t get stranded abroad or lose your money.
2. Pay on credit card
If you are not booking a package holiday, always pay for your trip with a credit card. By doing this you will be protected for up to £30,000 under section 75 of the UK Consumer Credit Act.
3. Get a foreign currency pre-payment card
Use a foreign currency pre-payment card to avoid high transactions and bank fees. Even better, buy your currency from Asda Travel Money via Give as you Live and you can raise a free donation for your charity as well as getting your pre-payment card delivered to your door! Make sure you also check the airport and resort fees, such as baggage allowance and hotel transfers, to avoid any surprises.
4. Check financial protection if booking with foreign-based travel companies
There are some foreign-based travel companies which offer holidays to UK tourists, but these will often not be ATOL protected. Do your research and check what financial protection they provide.
5. Get travel insurance as soon as you book
You should consider taking out a policy as soon as you’ve booked your trip to ensure you’re covered should anything go wrong before you take off. Book via Give as you Live and you can raise bumper donations for the charity of your choice too. For example, book your travel insurance with Voyager and raise a whopping 12.5%!
Why Book Your Getaway via Give as you Live?
By booking your flights, hotel, excursions and airport parking via our links, website or app, you can raise FREE funds for the charity of your choice. We are paid a fee for every transaction completed online that comes from us; we turn that fee into a donation and pay it to the charity you select, for FREE! It costs absolutely nothing to sign-up for an account (and it only takes 2 minutes), and you won’t pay a single penny more than the total of your basket when you shop. It really is guilt free shopping!
Plus, you can keep track of how much you’re raising in your account, and earn free bonus donations just for shopping regularly via us.
Who are Give as you Live?
We’ve raised just under £10,000,000 for UK charities just through online shopping. We have over 4,200 stores listed and over 200,000 charities.