Terms & Conditions
Terms & Condition
1. Your Booking is with Travel Safe Services Limited Trading As
Absolute Iceland,a trading style of Holiday Direct North London Ltd
2. Booking Your Holiday
A booking will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice. This booking is made on
the terms of these booking conditions. When you make a booking, you guarantee that you
have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these
3. Paying for Your Holiday
When you make your booking, you must pay a minimum deposit of 20% per person. The
balance of the price of your travel arrangements must be paid at least 90 days before your
departure date. If the deposit and/or balance is not paid in time, we shall cancel your travel
arrangements. If the balance is not paid in time, we shall retain your deposit.
4. If You Cancel Your Holiday
You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time.
Written notification from the person who made the booking, or your travel agent must be
received at our offices. Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel arrangements, you will
have to pay cancellation charges as follows (see also the exception below):
Period before departure in which you notify us
More than 90 days 89 - 60 days
59 - 31 days
50 % of holiday cost 75 % of holiday cost 100% of holiday cost
Note: If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy,
you may be able to reclaim these charges.
You can cancel your booking without paying cancellation charges if the performance of your
package, or the carriage of passengers to your destination, is significantly affected by
unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances. In such circumstances, we will arrange for
your booking to be terminated and for you to receive a full refund. We will observe advice
provided by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
5. If You Change Your Booking
If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel
arrangements in any way, for example your chosen departure date or accommodation, we
will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for
changes to be made must be in writing from the person who made the booking or your
travel agent. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of (£50), and any further
cost we incur in making this alteration. You should be aware that these costs could increase
the closer to the departure date that changes are made, and you should contact us as soon
as possible. Note: Certain travel arrangements may not be changeable after a reservation
has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100%
of that part of the arrangements.
You can transfer your booking to another person, who satisfies all the conditions that apply
to this booking, by giving us notice in writing as soon as possible and no later than 7 days
before departure. Both you and the new traveller are responsible for paying all costs we
incur in making the transfer.
6. If we cancel your booking
We reserve the right to cancel your booking. We will not cancel less than 90 days before
your departure date, except for unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, or failure by
you to pay the final balance, or because the minimum number required for the package to
go ahead hasn’t been reached1. Unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances mean a
situation beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even
if all reasonable measures had been taken.
The minimum number required will be provided to you with the holiday description, along
with the time limit for us to tell you if the package must be cancelled1.]
If your holiday is cancelled you can either have a refund of all monies paid or accept an
alternative holiday of comparable standard from us if we offer one (we will refund any price
difference if the alternative is of a lower value).
In the event a refund is paid to you, we will:
provide a full refund of your travel insurance premiums if you paid them to us and can show
that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy.
pay compensation as detailed below except where the cancellation is due to unavoidable
and extraordinary circumstances (see definition above).
7. If we change your booking (a) Changes to the price
We can change your holiday price after you’ve booked, only in certain circumstances:
Changes in the price of the carriage of passengers resulting from changes to the cost of fuel
or other power sources, the level of taxes or fees imposed by third parties including tourist
taxes, landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports or
exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have
booked. However, there will be no change within 20 days of your departure.
We will absorb, and you will not be charged for, any increase equivalent to 2% of the price
of your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment
charges. You will be charged for the amount over and above that. If this results in an
increase equivalent to more than 8% of the price of your travel arrangements, you will have
the option of accepting a change to another holiday if we are able to offer one (we will
refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling and receiving
a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. Should you decide to
cancel: 1) you must do so within the time period shown on your final invoice 2) We will
provide a refund of insurance premiums paid to us if you can show that you are unable to
transfer or reuse your policy.
Should the price of your holiday go down due to the cost changes mentioned above, then
any refund due will be paid to you. We will deduct from this refund our administrative
expenses incurred. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local
currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to
contractual and other protection in place.
(b) Changes other than the price
It is a term of your booking that we are able to make changes to any aspect of your booking.
If the change is insignificant, we will ensure that you are notified about it. Examples of
insignificant changes include alteration of your outward/return flights by less than 12 hours,
changes to aircraft type, change of accommodation to another of the same or higher
standard, changes of carriers.
If we are constrained by circumstances beyond our control to alter significantly any of the
main characteristics of the travel services that make up your package you will have the
rights set out below.
• We will contact you and you will have the choice of accepting the change or having a
refund of all monies paid. You can also accept an alternative holiday, where we offer one
(we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value). We will tell you the
procedure for making your choice. Please read any notification of changes carefully and
respond promptly as if you do not respond to us within the timescale given your booking
may be cancelled.
• If you choose to accept a refund:
we will provide a full refund of your travel insurance premiums if you paid them to us
and can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy.
we will pay compensation as detailed below except where the significant change is due to
unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, which means a situation beyond our control,
the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures
had been taken.
The compensation that we offer does not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled
to do so.
8. Our Liability to You
You must inform us without undue delay of any failure to perform or improper performance
of the travel services included in this package. If any of the travel services included in your
package are not performed in accordance with the contract, or are improperly performed,
by us or the travel service suppliers, and this has affected the enjoyment of your travel
arrangements, you may be entitled to an appropriate price reduction or compensation or
both. We will not be liable where any failure to perform or improper performance of the
travel services is due to: you or another member of your party; or a third party unconnected
with the provision of the travel services in the package and is unforeseeable or unavoidable;
or unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, which means a situation beyond our
control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable
measures had been taken.
Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum
of three times the cost of your travel arrangements. Our liability will also be limited in
accordance with and/or in an identical manner to
a) The contractual terms of the companies that provide the travel services that make up
your package. These terms are incorporated into this booking; and
b) Any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect
of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in
respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of
accommodation, which limit the amount of and conditions under which compensation can
be claimed for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We
are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of the extent of or the conditions
under which compensation is to be paid under these or any conventions.
You can ask for copies of the travel service contractual terms, or the international
conventions, from our Head Office. Under EU law (Regulation 261/2004) you have rights in
some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied
boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details will be publicised at EU airports and
available from airlines. However, reimbursement in such cases will not automatically entitle
you to a refund of your holiday cost from us. Your right to a refund and/or compensation
from us is set out in these booking conditions. If any payments to you are due from us, any
payment made to you by the airline or any other service provider will be deducted.
If it is impossible to ensure your return as scheduled due to unavoidable and extraordinary
circumstances, we will bear the cost of necessary accommodation, if possible, of equivalent
category, for a maximum of three nights. The limit doesn’t apply to persons with reduced
mobility and any person accompanying them, pregnant women and unaccompanied minors,
or persons in need of specific medical assistance, provided that you notified us of these
needs at least 48 hours before the start of your holiday.
NB this entire clause 8 does not apply to any separate contracts that you may enter into for
excursions or activities whilst on holiday.
9. Protecting your money
1. We provide full financial protection for our package holidays, by way of our Air Travel
Organiser’s Licence number XXXX, issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, Gatwick Airport
South, West Sussex, RH6 0YR, UK, telephone 0333 103 6350, email email@example.com. When
you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive package from us you will receive an ATOL
Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what
this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.
We will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable
alternative). In some cases, where we aren’t able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an
alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable
alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the
alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money
outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder.
However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative
ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or
your credit card issuer where applicable).
If we are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an
alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air
Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme.
You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those
Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the nonprovision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card
issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another
body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.
If you have a complaint about any of the services included in your holiday, you must inform
our resort representative without undue delay who will endeavour to put things right.
If it is not resolved locally, please follow this up as soon as possible after your return home,
ideally within 28 days by writing to our Customer Services Department at [insert address]
giving your booking reference and all other relevant information. Please keep your letter
concise and to the point. If you fail to follow the requirement to report your complaint in
resort, we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify it and this
may affect your rights under this booking.
12. Additional assistance
If you’re in difficulty whilst on holiday and ask us to help we will provide appropriate
assistance, in particular by providing information on health services, local authorities and
consular assistance; and helping you to find alternative arrangements and any necessary
phone calls/emails. You must pay any costs we incur, if the difficulty is your fault.
13. Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements
Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your
responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates.
We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied
with any passport, visa or immigration requirements.
Excursions or other tours that you may choose to book or pay for whilst you are on holiday
are not part of your package holiday provided by us. For any excursion or other tour that
you book, your contract will be with the operator of the excursion or tour and not with us.
We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or tour or for anything that
happens during the course of its provision by the operator.
15. Travel Agents
All monies you pay to the travel agent are always held by him on behalf and for the benefit
of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust . This is subject to the agent’s obligation to pay it to us
for so long as we do not fail. If we fail, any money held at that time by the agent, or
subsequently accepted from you by him, is and continues to be held on behalf of and for the
benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation to pay that money to
16. Law and jurisdiction
This booking is governed by English Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may
however choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you live there
and wish to do so.