For a lot of holidaymakers, package holidays have long been a favorite way to get an economical break in the sun with no stress, no fuss, and minimal expense. But the cheap deals and easy booking process are not the only upsides of a package holiday. They also come with several elements of financial protection and assistance guarantees that we do not get with a DIY holiday booking, and that is becoming more and more valuable in a time when our safety abroad seems to be under threat. Read on to find out about the five big benefits of booking a hua hin holiday packages.
Package travel regulations
The package travel regulations are a piece of legislation which make sure that travel providers advertise their holiday packages honestly, and deliver it to the customer as described. This basically ensures that we really do get what we pay for! The Regulations also set out our travel provider’s responsibility of care to us if something goes wrong any component of the holiday booked with them, for example, if our flight is canceled or the hotel has overbooked. This would also be the case in the event of a terrorist attack or international incident; our package holiday provider has a legal responsibility to get us home.
ATOL and ABTA protection
The other two elements of our holiday protection are ATOL and ABTA. If our booking includes a flight we are covered by the ATOL bonding scheme, where there is a £2.50 ATOL fee built into the cost of our flight that guarantees us a refund and/or a flight home if the airline goes bust. Thirdly, the ABTA bonding scheme ensures our costs will be covered in the event that our travel provider goes out of business. As with the package travel regulations, if we book our holiday independently you will not be entitled to either of these protections.
All inclusive packages
All inclusive packages are big money savers that are not available for a DIY holiday booking. An all-inclusive package means that all our food, drink and often some snacks and activities at the hotel are included in our booking, so we can minimize the amount of money we spend while we are away. If we are planning on spending most of our holiday in or around our hotel we will definitely get value for money on this kind of deal, and it is a dream arrangement for families with young children or those on a tight budget who do not want costs to spiral out of control.
Quick and easy booking process
The beauty of a package holiday is that we get everything arranged for us! Instead of going to lots of different websites to book your flights, accommodation, and transfers separately, and then having lots of different booking confirmations to keep track of, a package holiday company book everything for us and send us one confirmation so we have all our essential information in one place. Most package holidays also come with an in-resort rep, so we will always have help on hand if we have any problems while we are away.
When something’s the easy option with everything done for us, we would assume we have to pay for that convenience, but package holidays are often cheaper than DIY holidays. This is because tour operators buy up flight seats and hotel rooms in bulk to create their packages, benefiting from a big discount that they can pass on to their customers. They also have access to ‘inclusive tour’ flight-and-room bundles, which are cheaper and are not available for public purchase. To find out more about our dream cruise holiday packages click here.