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How To Insure Your Flight Against Airline Failure

For several good reasons, we don't supply your flights to Egypt for you (see the main TRAVEL page) - but we do provide tips for helping you to book your own flight and to make sure your booking is protected against airline failure. Please remember that all information on this website is to be regarded as 'journalistic research' and not as financial advice. This particularly applies to insurance; we are not qualified to give financial advice.

PROTECTING AIR TICKETS AGAINST SCHEDULED AIRLINE FAILURE

If a scheduled airline goes bust, ATOL cover will get you home again. Depending upon your method of purchase, and the company's own policies, your air ticket may already be protected against airline failure.

ATOL and ABTA

ATOL is a protection scheme for air holidays and flights managed by the CAA. All tour operators and travel firms selling air holiday packages and flights in the UK 'as a principal' are required by law to hold a licence called an ATOL.
ABTA ('The Travel Association') only covers package holidays - it does not apply to flights bought separately.

PROTECTING FLIGHTS BOUGHT FROM AN AGENT OR AIRLINE

Your ticket may be covered by an ATOL agreement - but you can't assume that any flgiht booked through an ATOL agent is protected. ATOL holders are actually allowed to opt-out of covering scheduled airline failure. In this case they must make this lack of cover clear to you before you book.

  • Ask the agent specifically whether your scheduled flight is covered against scheduled airline failure
  • Request the ATOL number which covers your booking

If the agent asks you to pay to insure your flight - particularly if the charge is more than £5 per person, per flight, consider buying your airline failure insurance separately (see below).

PROTECTING FLIGHTS NOT COVERED BY ATOL

You can buy your own airline failure insurance in two ways:



WHEN PAYING WITH DEBIT CARDS / CREDIT CARDS

Beware of using a debit card!

The old advice used to be to buy your ticket with a credit card, to avoid the fees associated with credit cards.
You may avoid airline ticket handling fees by using a debit (not credit) card when booking stand-alone flights - but at the same time you may lose some protection.
For flights costing £100 plus and booked by a credit card, the credit card company must refund your money if the airline goes bust. This is usually a better deal than buying your own airline failure insurance through a specialist - this may cost more than the credit card fee would have done.

Beware of relying on your travel insurance!

Please be very aware that the vast majority of travel insurance policies actually exclude airline failure.

An EXCEPTION is GO Travel Insurance, who include Financial Failure Protection as standard.

GO Travel Insurance Financial Failure Protection >>

FUEL SURCHARGES

Some airlines now add fuel surcharges, and air passenger duty has increased. Please check what is included when booking your flight.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is essential for most travellers, and I have discovered that one travel insurance company (Go Travel Insurance) actually does include airline failure insurance in all of its travel policies. This is a new and welcome development - traditionally travel insurers counted airline failure as an exclusion.

Health cover, baggage cover, cancellation cover etc. is recommended whenever you travel. This can be arranged as a one-off policy or (for more frequent trips) more simply with an annual multi-trip policy. It is normally cheaper and more effective to buy your travel insurance policy direct - in the UK this avoids an extra goverment tax levied on resellers. In fact, if you have special requirements (specific adventure sports, pre-existing health issues etc) you would not be eligible for the usual policies sold with holidays anyway. Buying direct give you more flexibility. Do you want to 'waive the excess'? Or remove part of the cover because you have it covered by a different policy? This kind of tailoring can save you money.

If you need to insure specific health problems you may need specialist insurance. Failing to declare a health problem can invalidate your insurance.

Go Travel Insurance include Financial Failure Protection of other elements of your holiday, as standard, on all of its travel insurance policies. This cover goes beyond airline failure - it covers the insolvency of any travel arrangements booked in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man or Ireland (not forming part of an inclusive holiday) and not bonded or insured already. This includes failure of scheduled airlines, hotels, villas abroad, railway journeys, cruises not already bonded - and more. This is in addition to your regular travel cover (for health etc - see below) so it is a true one-stop-shop.

Free Travel Insurance offered on your credit card
Contrary to popular belief, paying for your flight by credit card does not provide full travel insurance - only extremely limited cover.


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None of the information provided on this website constitutes financial advice - it's all based on journalistic research. Your personal circumstances may require alternative advice, so please check and find out more if necessary. You follow the tips / advice on this website at your own risk.


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