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FAQs

FAQ's

Booking & Payment
Can i book my holiday online? What are your payment methods? How do i book for a large group?
How am i notified of my booking? Can i book car hire & other holiday extras?  

 

Contact Us
Where is my local
branch?
How much is a national UK call? Where is your head office based?
What are your call centre opening hours?    

 

General Queries
What prices do you display on your site? Are you members of ABTA & ATOL? What kind of passport do i need?
Who can buy holidays from you? Should i take out travel insurance? Will i need vaccinations for my holiday?
How can i contact the Foreign Office? Where can i find out more about Malaria? What is the Travel Foundation?
What are my Membership Benefits? Do i need an ESTA for USA travel? What is the difference between Package holidays and Tailormade holidays?

 

Booking and Payment

Can I book my holiday online?

Yes, the majority of our holidays can be booked online. Should you encounter any difficulties while trying to do so, please call one our experienced advisors on the number shown above.

If you do book one of our holidays online, you'll be pleased to know we use the very latest encryption techniques to ensure your payment details are protected, and any online transactions are kept secure from unauthorised access.

How am I notified of my booking/receive my tickets?

Soon after making your booking we will post you an invoice confirming our contract with you and showing the outstanding balance. Your balance must be paid no later than a specified date prior to your departure (this time will be clearly stated on your invoice). Your tickets will be dispatched approximately 10 days before departure.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept the following payments:  Visa, Mastercard, Switch, Maestro

With any debit card, the money will be automatically deducted from your bank account (no handling fee will be levied).

A 2% credit card charge is applies with a maximum charge of £95.00

Can I book car hire, attraction tickets, insurance or order foreign currency before I go? 

Of course you can, and our Travel Advisors will happily help you. Alternatively you can visit our Holiday Extras section and you can order these online.

What if I need to book a holiday for a large group?

Group bookings are a great way to arrange a holiday for a family reunion, or a group of friends. Phone our call centre to discuss group bookings. 

Contacting Us

Where can I find my local Co-operative Travel branch?

If you would prefer to visit one of our travel branches to book your holiday then you can find your local branch by clicking on the store locator link. Our branches are spread out across the UK.

What are your call centre opening hours?

You can call to speak to one of our qualified Travel Advisors during the following hours:

Monday to Friday

8.00am to 10.00pm

Saturday & Sunday

10.00am to 6.00pm

 

How much does a UK national call cost?

If you are using Just-Dial from a BT phone, BT Together prices are as follows:
7.51p per minute during any week day
3.75p per minute during any week day evening
5p per minute at weekends

General Queries

What prices do you display on your site?

The prices we show are full party prices based on the criteria you choose within the search.  Supplements such as in-flight meal, transfers and TOD charges  may be applicable but will be included in your overall price quoted. Please speak to one of our Travel Advisors who will provide you with an exact costing for your party.

Who can buy holidays from you?

For the majority of our holidays we can only accept bookings from UK residents aged 18 years or over, and there must be at least one adult (18 years or over) traveling on any one booking. All other passengers under 18 traveling without a parent/guardian must provide a letter of consent. Some tour operators such as Club 18-30 do allow 17 year olds to travel so please speak to one of our Travel Advisors.

Are you members of ABTA and ATOL?

We are a member of ABTA, and hold an ATOL which provides financial protection for sales of flights and flight inclusive packages.

Should I take out Travel Insurance before I go away?

Holiday Insurance is the most important item to take with you when you travel. It is your responsibility to ensure you are covered before you travel. We can offer our own preferred insurance policies which our Travel Advisors will give you details on.

Don't forget your travel insurance, it is essential!  We will be able to offer you comprehensive travel insurance cover at competitive prices that will give you peace of mind.  The quote depends on where you going, how long for and who you are travelling with.

What kind of passport do I need?

Whenever you leave the UK you must carry a passport with you but do please check that your passport is in date. It is a requirement of certain countries that the expiry date of your passport exceeds the return date of travel by up to 6 months. Requirements vary from country to country. You should also ensure that any children under the age of 16 who are not already included on a valid 10 year passport, have their own passport when travelling abroad.

New Passport Regulations are now in place for first time adult passport applications (aged 16 or over). As part of the passport application process, interviews are now required to support your passport application. This is to ensure that your identity is protected, so allow enough time for your passport application to be processed.
If you have any queries please ask or visit www.ukpa.gov.uk.

Will I need vaccinations for my holiday?

It is recommended by various countries that vaccinations are carried out prior to traveling. Either your own Doctor or your Travel Advisor can provide you with up to date advice about vaccinations.

How can I contact the Foreign Office?

You can also find out information on www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo .The Foreign office have a website full of useful information at www.fco.gov.uk . Alternatively you can call them directly on 0845 850 2829

Where can I find out information on Malaria?

If you log onto www.malariahotspots.co.uk you'll be able to access useful advice and guides. 

What is the Travel Foundation?

The Travel Foundation is an independent UK charity that aims to help the outbound travel industry manage tourism more sustainably.
The Foundation's focus is on protecting and enhancing the environment and improving the well-being of destination communities. Enriching the tourism experience, now and in to the future. Consumers get greater quality and an enriched holiday experience, as well as the reassurance that their favourite destinations will be protected for generations to come. Destination communities receive greater benefit from tourism, with a boost to their local economy and conservation of the natural environment, local traditions and culture.

Following the United and Co-operative merger, what membership benefits are available?

For full details, click Membership Benefits  

Electronic System for Travel Authority (ESTA)

Since January 2010 it has been compulsory for anyone from a country belonging to the Visa Waiver Programme who is travelling to, or changing aircraft in, the USA to have completed an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation). This must be completed at least 72 hours BEFORE travel. Without this passengers may be refused boarding by the airline. The ESTA is valid for 2 years, but details must be updated for each trip you take to the USA. From the 8th September 2010 there will be a charge of $14 for an ESTA, for more information or to apply please visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

What is the difference between Package holidays and Tailormade holidays?

Package holiday or Flight + hotel holiday ? which is best for you?

Traditional package holidays usually consist of a flight, hotel and transfer all with the same tour operator. The Co-operative Travel offers a wide choice as we work with all of the UK's leading tour operators including Thomson holidays and Thomas Cook.

Package holidays offer great value for money, especially when travelling for a standard durations of 7, 10 or 14 days to traditional holiday destinations like Greece, Turkey and Majorca. Package holidays provide piece of mind as they usually include the service of a representative at both airport and resort.

The tailor-made option (or dynamic package holiday) enables customers to build their own package of flights, accommodation and transport. This package is synonymous with flexibility as you can choose from any airline, a wide choice of airports and thousands of hotels. The dynamic package offers all the elements of a traditional package holiday and is ideal for slightly more independent travellers as often a rep service is only available locally by telephone.

Despite usually offering a lower price, the dynamic package offers no less protection than the more traditional package as The Co-operative Travel offers you 100% security with either option.

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