These Booking Conditions apply to bookings you make with our consultants (in-store, by phone or by email) as well as online bookings you make on our website. A contract on the terms set out in these Booking Conditions will exist as soon as we issue a confirmation invoice. References to “us”, “we” or “our” mean Brightsun Travel UK Travel registration number 02024271 (trading as “Zippy Travel”). Our registered office is at 14 Hanworth Road , Hounslow , Middx , TW3 1UA , UK.
Please read these Booking Conditions carefully. You must not make any booking unless you understand and agree with these Booking Conditions. You should save and/or print a copy of these Booking Conditions at the time the booking is placed. We will rely on the authority of the person making the booking to act on behalf of any other traveller on the booking and that person will bind all such travellers to these Booking Conditions.
Your rights under your contract for travel arrangements will depend on the type of travel arrangement you book with us, which will be either a booking for package travel or for one or more individual travel services. Regardless of the type of arrangement you book with us, the provider of your travel service will have its own terms and conditions (such as airline conditions of carriage, accommodation or car hire terms or hotels supplier terms or tour organiser terms and conditions). All such terms and conditions (including limitations of liability) apply to these Booking Conditions and, accordingly, a reference to “these Booking Conditions” shall mean the terms and conditions set out herein as well as all terms and conditions of any provider of your travel services. To the extent of any inconsistency between a travel service provider’s terms and conditions and the terms and conditions set out herein, the travel service provider’s terms and conditions shall prevail, save to the extent that any provision in the travel service provider’s terms and conditions is deemed to be invalid or unenforceable. Your travel service providers will be identified on your itinerary or travel documents and their respective terms and conditions will be available directly on their websites or by contacting them. Alternatively you can ask us for copies. You must read all applicable travel service provider terms and conditions carefully because in every case they will apply to the provision of your travel services.
A package is a pre-arranged, single-price combination of at least two of the following components: (a) transport – (b) accommodation – or (c) other tourist services accounting for a significant proportion of the package. Packages cover a period of more than twenty-four hours or include overnight accommodation.
Your rights in relation to packages arranged by us are set out in these Booking Conditions (which are deemed to incorporate all terms and conditions of each travel service provider for the various components of your package travel arrangements). Please note that you also have rights under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992, a copy of which can be accessed at the following link: legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1992/3288/contents/made (“Package Travel Regulations”).
When you make a booking with us, you acknowledge and agree that we will be acting as an agent only for the relevant tour organiser or travel service provider, including in relation to packages that we arrange, and that neither Zippy Travel nor any of its directors, employees or agents has any liability of any nature in connection with the relevant travel service, except as set out in these Booking Conditions and the Package Travel Regulations.
All departure and arrival times on your flight ticket are provided by the airline and are estimates only. They may change due to air traffic control restrictions, weather conditions or operational requirements. We recommend that you contact the airline or visit the airline’s website to confirm your scheduled departure time 24 hours prior to your flight. You should also confirm departure times for each onward flight. In the event of schedule changes, failure to reconfirm any sector of your itinerary may result in you needing to purchase a new flight.
If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen travel dates 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 lead–named traveller who made the booking. You will be asked to pay our administration charge of £75 per passenger per booking (or such other amount specified in your travel documents), plus any additional travel service provider change or cancellation fees. Where we incur any liability for a travel service provider change or cancellation fee for any booking which you change, you agree to compensate us for the amount of that fee. You should be aware that costs could increase closer to the departure date. When changing travel arrangements we may have to rebook you to current fares and rates, which may result in an increase in the cost of your arrangements, in addition to our administration charge and the travel service provider’s change fees.
No date changes are permitted outside of your ticket’s validity period. ‘Minimum stay’ and ‘maximum stay’ rules apply to return and multi-stop flights.
Certain travel arrangements (e.g. advance purchase tickets and non-flexible fares) may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of the service cost. Name changes are not permitted in any instance.
If you have purchased a return flight, multi-stop or round the world flight and you do not check in on a confirmed flight, the airline will register you as a ‘no show’ and your tickets on your subsequent flights will be cancelled by the airline. Please contact us as soon as possible if you do not intend to check in for a confirmed reservation in these circumstances.
You may cancel your travel arrangements at any time, however please note that certain travel arrangements may be non-refundable. Written notification from the lead-named traveller must be received at the branch where the booking was made. Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel arrangements, you will need to pay our administration charge of £125 per person per booking (or such other amount specified in your travel documents). In addition to our administration charge, you will have to pay the travel service provider’s applicable cancellation charges.
If you have made a booking with us for your Journeys the cancellation fees will be an amount determined in accordance with the table below, except where otherwise indicated.
If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your travel insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges from your travel insurer. Refunds will only be made available to the person named on the booking payment receipt, unless otherwise agreed in writing by all travellers listed on a booking.
Your refund and remedy rights as set out in these Booking Conditions are subject to your rights under the Package Travel Regulations and the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
Unless otherwise indicated, the following cancellation fees apply to bookings for your Journeys only. Days before departure within which written notice is received by us
Cancellation fee (% of total Journey)
Occasionally a travel service provider may have to make changes to your original booking. We do not accept any liability or costs incurred that may result from these changes, other than in accordance with the Package Travel Regulations. Most of these changes will be minor and we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date.
We will advise you of the carrier operating each flight in your itinerary. Any changes to the carrier after you have received your tickets will be notified to you as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Please note that carriers may be subject to change. Such a change is deemed to be a minor change. Other examples of minor changes include alteration of your flight departure time by less than 12 hours, changes to aircraft type and change of accommodation to a comparable or higher standard. No compensation is payable in respect of minor changes.
In certain circumstances we or a travel service provider may be required to cancel your travel arrangements (for example, if the minimum number of travelers required for a tour or excursion is not reached or for reasons of force majeure, pandemic or epidemic illness or if you fail to pay the final balance by the due date). In these circumstances (except where you have failed to pay the final balance) you can either have a refund of all money paid or, if available, accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value).
If you have booked a package arranged by us and it is necessary to cancel or make major changes to your arrangements we will, in addition to the above, pay you compensation as follows:
Please refer to the section titled ‘Our responsibility for your booking’ for more information in this regard.
Under EU law (EC 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Details of these rights are published at EU airports and are also available from your airline. However, reimbursement by an airline of the cost of a flight that forms part of a package does not automatically entitle you to a refund of your entire package travel arrangement cost from us.
All travellers must have a valid passport for any international travel and many countries require at least six months’ validity from the date of return. Some countries also require a machine-readable passport and/or unstamped available pages. When assisting with an international travel booking, we will assume that all travellers on the booking have a valid passport. If this is not the case, you must let us know. It is important that you ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities (including, in certain cases, visas for transit points). Any fines, penalties, payments, delays or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility (except to the extent caused by fault on our part). We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. If you need information regarding visa and other travel document requirements for your trip please let us know or visit www.zippytravel.co.uk. If you are a British citizen we will provide you with general information on visa and passport requirements that apply to international travel bookings you make with us. For all passport holders, our consultants can obtain specific information from an external visa advisory service provider on your behalf (if you wish, we can assist you to obtain visas through this external service and fees will apply). We do not warrant the accuracy of information provided by any external service and accept no liability for any loss or damage which you may suffer in reliance on it (except to the extent caused by fault on our part). Please allow adequate time to obtain any such advice or documents.
If you are travelling to Australia, Canada or the United States please be advised that there are compulsory pre-registration requirements for their visa waiver programs. ESTA visa is compulsory for all USA bound travel. For Canada and Australia you must have ETA visa as well to travel these territories. If you have registered before, please check your registration is valid and has not lapsed. Please note, you may not meet the eligibility requirements and may be required to obtain a visa.
If you are travelling to South Africa with a person under the age of 18 you will be asked to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate. There are additional requirements if the child is travelling with only one parent, with neither biological parent, or unaccompanied. Failure to provide this information on check in will result in passengers being denied boarding.
It is a requirement for some air carriers to provide personal information, including passport information, about all passengers on their aircraft. The data will be collected when you check-in (either online or at the airport) or, in some circumstances, will be required when you make your booking.
In all circumstances, we will not be liable where any failure in the performance or provision of your travel arrangements is due to: (a) your acts or omissions or the acts or omissions of another member in your group (b) any third party not connected with the provision of your travel arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable (c) unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised or (d) an event which we or a travel service provider, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall (including but not to war, threat of war, riot, civil disturbances, industrial dispute, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural or other disaster (such as volcanic ash or hurricanes), nuclear incident, fire, adverse weather conditions (actual or threatened, including snow and fog), closed or congested airports or ports, unavoidable technical problems with transport and similar events).
Our liability will in all cases be in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to: (a) the terms and conditions of the travel service providers that provide your travel arrangements (which, by making a booking with us, you acknowledge form part of these Booking Conditions) – and (b) any relevant international conventions, 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 set time limits for notifications/claims and limit the amount of compensation that can be claimed for death, injury, delay to passengers/guests and loss, damage and delay to luggage. Copies of international conventions and relevant travel service providers’ terms and conditions are available online. Alternatively you can ask us for copies either over the phone or in-store.
In accordance with the Package Travel Regulations, if we have arranged a package for you and the travel arrangements are not performed with reasonable skill and care we will make good those arrangements or pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected the enjoyment of your trip. Our liability in respect of packages arranged by us, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, is to a maximum of 2 times the cost of your package travel arrangement. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your package travel arrangement. Any amounts you receive from travel service providers or travel insurance will be deducted from any sum paid to you as compensation by us.
Many of the flights and flight-inclusive travel arrangements we arrange on your behalf are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all travel and travel services. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts not listed will not be ATOL protected. For more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate.
When you buy an ATOL protected fight or flight inclusive travel through 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.
If your booking (or part of it) is ATOL protected, we, or the travel service provider identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the booking service and arrange the travel services as listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the travel service provider are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the travel 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, or the travel service provider identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to arrange or 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 non-provision 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.
All prices are subject to availability and can be withdrawn or varied without notice. Prices are per person and inclusive of tax unless otherwise indicated. Accommodation (if included) is based on twin share, quad share, unless otherwise indicated. Advertised prices may be to travel within specified dates. We will confirm the correct price with you at the time of payment. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is made.
To confirm your travel arrangements you may be required to pay a deposit per person. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable for changes of mind or cancellations by you. We will advise you of the amount of the deposit and date for final payment at the time of your booking. For online bookings, full payment is required at the time of purchase.
If you have made a booking with us from our ‘Journeys’ ranges you will be required to pay a deposit of £100 per person for economy class flights and £200 per person for premium economy, business and first class flights. An additional deposit will be required for any tour or cruise or for certain airfares which form part of your Journey. The balance for your Journey must be paid no later than 10 weeks prior to departure or such earlier time that we notify you. Please check your quote or invoice to confirm whether your travel arrangements are from us.
Certain airfares and services (including some airfares and services in the Journeys) are booked at especially competitive rates which may require payment in full at the time of booking and may be non-refundable.
We will collect all mandatory taxes, however some countries may charge additional departure, hotel or other taxes that must be paid locally. We advise travelers to retain sufficient local currency to meet these charges.
We accept most major debit and credit cards. You authorize us to charge all amounts payable by you in relation to the services provided to the card designated by you. If payment is not received from the issuer for any reason, you agree to pay us all amounts due immediately on demand.
Payment by bank transfer (not applicable to online bookings)
If you are paying by this method you will need to request account details from your consultant and make the payment at least three business days prior to the actual due date. You must notify your consultant of your payment once it has been made.
We aim to provide you with an amazing travel experience. However, if you have a problem during your trip, please inform the relevant travel service provider (e.g. your hotelier) and your travel consultant as soon as possible who will endeavor to put things right. If your complaint is not resolved locally, please follow this up within 28 days of your return home by writing to our Customer Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to 14 Hanworth Road , Hounslow , Middx , TW3 1UA , UK giving your booking reference and all other relevant information. It is strongly recommended that you communicate any complaint to the travel service provider in question as well as your travel consultant without delay. If you fail to follow this procedure we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst you were travelling and this may affect your rights. Out of normal office hours you may also contact our emergency assistance department on 0203-923-2255.