Let’s plan a summer holiday

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ATOL

the sign to look for

You can tell the Christmas holiday period is over when the summer holiday ads start appearing. ABTA is playing its part again by plugging its members in the press, online and anywhere you care to look.

Today, their campaign began to try and persuade us to book with their members by asking us to look at those tour operators who bear the ABTA logo.

It is targeting three groups: families, 18-24 year olds and the over-55s and is supporting this approach by running competitions on abta.com. Should you prefer an ABTA member?

ABTA isn’t the only trade association; there is AITO – the Association of Independent Tour Operators which is cheaper in some cases for tour operators to join. What matters is whether the holiday company you choose carries the ATOL logo because then it means that your holiday is bonded. In the case of a tour operator collapsing you have redress and stand a chance of getting your money back .

The association also wants us to book early as do all tour operators.

Should we?

The number of people booking just after Christmas has been dropping as last minute discounts prevailed over the last few years. If you have children of school age it pays to book early to get those discounts as you are restricted in when you can holiday. If you want a specific resort, destination or hotel the same probably applies. But if you don’t much care where you go and just want a beach, sun or mountains then think about booking only if the deal is really good. There will be opportunities. There may not be as many in Spain or Portugal in 2016 because – after the troubles in the Middle East, people are thinking of booking further away from the area and Spain and Portugal fit that bill so there may be shortages there as tour operators have taken more hotel space there for 2016.

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