What should you make the holiday companies aware of when submitting your deal?

Let them know your key requirements.

  • Do you have any particular mobility access requirements?
  • Do you have special dietary requirements?
  • Do you have a medical condition that can be exacerbated by excessive heat or cold?
  • Will you need a cot for an infant?
  • Do you have any other special needs?

Let them know what is important to you about the deal you have found.

  • Is it the flight time?
  • Is it the board basis?
  • Do you only want 5 star?
  • Do you want transfers, insurance or an excursion?
  • Must you have 2 day's in New York to see your mother, before that beach trip?

What travel company should you choose if the deal is the same and how can you protect your booking?

Try to use firms belonging to trade organisations offering financial protection for consumers, such as ABTA, ATOL etc.

If you have a credit card and your holiday costs more than £100, use it. Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 makes credit card companies 'equally liable' for breaches of contract and they may be pursued if the holiday company has ceased trading.

It is also important to know your rights. When you book a holiday, you enter into a contract, usually with a tour operator. This means the law gives you automatic statutory rights and you are entitled to receive the holiday or flight on exactly the same terms as advertised, including photographs, room type, board basis, etc.