1. Website accuracy
1.1 We take all steps practically possible to ensure that the details given to you on our website are accurate and up to date but we do rely upon the descriptions given to us by the actual suppliers of the services and facilities described. Sometimes the facilities or excursions described will be withdrawn for reasons such as maintenance or lack of demand from guests. Where our suppliers advise us about significant changes to descriptions or about the withdrawal of any significant facility, we will tell you as soon as possible. Some activities or facilities, water-sports for example, may not be available all year round. There may be a charge for some facilities at a hotel. In some places during high season (and even at other times) there is a possibility you will be disturbed by noise from less considerate groups, so please bear this in mind when choosing your destination and accommodation. All accommodation providers reserve the right to collect a refundable breakages deposit on arrival. Any transfer times we quote for travel between airport and resort are approximate and, depending on circumstances, the journey time to your own chosen property may be longer.
1.2 We cannot accept any liability for errors within our website descriptions which are as a result of the provision of incorrect information from your suppliers.
2. Accommodation ratings
All ratings given on our site are based on our ratings, supplier ratings and are not necessarily the official ratings of the property. The ratings we use are based on certain criteria being met, which include but are not limited to location of the hotel, facilities at the property and the range of dining options available.
3.1 We endeavour to work only with suppliers who meet our criteria for treating all customers equally. Where possible, we make clear to all suppliers the purpose of our business and that we do not tolerate any discrimination regardless of sexual orientation, age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, race, religion or belief or sex and we expect all suppliers, sub-contracters and third party suppliers to adhere to this too.
3.2 Where possible we ask all suppliers to adhere to the same stringent equality laws as set out in the UK Equality Act 2010 and any subsequent amendments regardless of their geographical location.
3.3 We endeavour to make every effort to provide information about a customer to the supplier at time of booking and ahead of arrival.
3.4 If you provide it, we will share details regarding your sexual orientation with our suppliers in order to ensure you receive the best possible experience from all our suppliers.
3.5 Whilst we endeavour to ensure that you are treated with courtesy, respect and equally in any booking you make with us, we cannot be held responsible for any actions of our suppliers.
3.6 Our website partners with Equaldex (www.equaldex.com) to provide up-to-date information on laws in individual countries. We are not responsible for verifying this data and it is provided as a guide only. The materials on Equaldex’s web site are provided “as is”. Equaldex and Us make no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Equaldex and Us do not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.
3.7 When making a booking with us you are responsible for checking the relevant laws of a country and ensuring that you adhere to them. Whilst we can provide advice about the latest laws, it is your sole responsibility and your own decision as to whether you decide to travel to any particular destination.
4. Making a booking
4.1 To make a booking with us, you can do so through our call centre via the phone number listed on our website with one of our sales concierge team.
4.2 The person making your booking (the “Lead Contact”) must be at least 18 years of age and one of the passengers in the booking. The Lead Contact must be authorised to make the booking on behalf of all members of your party. If the Lead Contact is not over 18, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and charge a 100% cancellation fee in respect of the complete booking. When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of all members of your party these terms and conditions and the conditions of the relevant supplier(s). The Lead Contact is responsible for making all payments due and for ensuring that all passenger names given to us accord exactly with their travel documentation.
4.3 It is your responsibility to check the documents you receive and notify us of any errors within 48 hours of receipt. If errors for which you hold us at fault are reported after this time, we cannot be held responsible for any costs associated with correcting these and you will be referred to the supplier’s terms for correction.
4.4 As most of our holidays are bespoke or complex itineraries, we cannot necessarily confirm every requested element at the time of booking. Processing your payment is not a guarantee or representation that your requested arrangements will be confirmed or subsequently provided. Obtaining confirmation of all elements from suppliers may take two weeks or more. On rare occasion, it may not be possible to confirm all elements as requested and we may need to make changes. Occasionally, we may have to cancel a booking prior to issuing a booking confirmation if we are not able to confirm all the elements or find suitable alternatives. If we have to cancel your holiday prior to confirmation or we have to make major changes that are not acceptable we will refund all monies you have paid us. You are not entitled to cancel prior to confirmation without paying our normal cancellation charges. No compensation will be due where your booking is cancelled or a significant change made by us (which you accept) in accordance with this clause.
5. Special requests and medical conditions
5.1 If you have any special request, you must advise us at the time of booking. Although we will endeavour to pass any reasonable requests on to the relevant supplier, we regret we cannot guarantee any request will be met. Failure to meet any special request will not be a breach of contract. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the principal or supplier or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability.
5.2 Conditional bookings cannot be accepted i.e. any booking which is specified to be conditional on the fulfilment of a particular request. All such bookings will be treated as “standard” bookings subject to the above provisions on special requests.
5.3 If you have any medical condition or disability or suffer from reduced mobility which may affect your arrangements or any special requirements as a result of any medical condition, disability or reduced mobility (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability or your mobility occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your travel arrangements develops after your booking has been confirmed.
6. Pricing, deposit payments and changes to pricing
6.1 We and the suppliers who provide the services and facilities which you book reserve the right before you make your booking to alter the prices of any of the services and facilities which make up your booking and which are shown in our brochure or on the Website. You will be advised of the current price of the services and facilities that you wish to book before your booking is confirmed and documentation issued. All prices displayed on our website are for guidance only and are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations.
6.2 Should there be any increase in the cost to us, caused by currency exchange rate fluctuations, Government action, or changes in air or ferry fares, we will only absorb 2% change. You will be required to meet any increase between 2% and 10%. If we have to increase the price of your holiday by more than 10%, you will have the option of continuing with the holiday arrangements and meeting the extra costs (above 2%) or of cancelling with a credit note of any money you have paid to us, except any charges we have incurred for amendments. If you decide to cancel the holiday, you must do so within seven working days of the issue of the revised Confirmation of Booking Invoice.
6.3 Should the price of your Package go down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your Package cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that Packages are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your Package due to contractual and other protection in place.
6.4 When you make your booking you must pay a deposit per person which will be notified to you at the time of booking. The time limit in which you have to pay is variable and will be notified to you at the time of booking. In some instances, depending upon the lead time between your booking date and commencement date, payment may be due in full at the time of booking. Failure to pay your balance in full by the specified deadline will result in a cancellation of your booking with full loss of all monies paid.
6.5 The deposit required will depend on the components you choose. Our standard deposit is a minimum of 20% of the full balance. These deposits can however vary based on the suppliers used in your booking. Some suppliers and/or airlines will require full payment at the time of booking, and your sales concierge will advise you at point of booking if your deposit is more than the standard. Your balance must be paid before the date specified on your travel confirmation which is normally no later than six weeks prior to travel for all UK bookings and eight weeks for all international breaks.
6.6 Full payment will be required twelve weeks before travel. If we have your card details on file we will attempt to charge your balance on its due date. Payments that do not reach us before this twelve week cut off may mean that your trip is cancelled without notice and any balances paid to the booking already will be retained.
7. Payment types
7.1 OutOfOfficeDotCom Limited accepts the following forms of payment:
(i) Debit Cards
(ii) Credit Cards – including Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
(iii) Bank Transfers.
7.2 Debit and credit card payments for payments made in US Dollars are subject to a 2.5% surcharge. There is no fee for bank transfers.
7.3 If you have made an over payment on your booking and wish for a refund, a handling charge of £5 will apply. This is necessary due to the processing charges incurred.
8. Amending a booking
If, after your supplier/s has/have confirmed your booking, you wish to change your booking we will try to arrange this with the relevant supplier(s) but it will of course be subject to the supplier’s terms and conditions. Further and in any event any request for a change must be made by the person who made the booking – the Lead Contact. You should be aware that changes made to your booking could incur an increase to the cost of your booking the closer to the start date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible if you want to change. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £75 for any changes as well as any increased charges. Some restrictions beyond our control will prevent any changes from being made prior to the start date of your booking and a loss of all money paid.
9. Cancelling a booking
If you cancel your booking you will have to pay the supplier/s cancellation charges, and you will also have to pay our administration costs as set out below. Cancellations must be notified to us in writing via letter to our postal address or alternatively to our email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 100 days prior to departure – Loss of full deposit paid plus any additional cancellation charges from your suppliers. (Up to 100% of booking value)
100-84 days inclusive prior to departure – £75 administration fee per person plus loss of all deposit paid and any additional cancellations charges from your suppliers. (Up to 100% of booking value)
84-0 days inclusive prior to departure – Full value of booking.
If you wish to cancel a singular part of your booking, either a component or a passenger, this may be subject to full cancellation terms as above.
10. Supplier changes to a booking
10.1 Your suppliers may change or cancel your booking(s) in accordance with their booking conditions. Should they do so we will let you know as soon as we are aware and your position will depend upon the relevant supplier’s terms and conditions. Copies of your supplier’s terms and conditions are available upon request.
10.2 If you are notified of any change to your travel arrangements by one of your suppliers directly, it is your responsibility to act upon this information and update us.
11. Changes made by us to a booking
11.1 From time to time we may have to change details of your booking you have booked. If any change will have a significant effect on your booking, we will tell you about it before your trip starts, if there is time.
11.2 If you do not want to accept a significant change, which we tell you about before you depart, we will, if we are able to do so, offer you an alternative of equivalent or closely similar standard and price at no extra cost, or a less expensive booking, in which case we will refund the difference in price. If you do not wish to take the alternative we offer you, you can choose a different booking offered for sale by us and pay, or receive a refund of, any price difference. Or, if you prefer, you can cancel your booking and receive a full refund of any money you have paid to us, except for any amendment or cancellation charges.
12. Circumstances beyond our control
Except where we say differently elsewhere in these conditions, we cannot pay any compensation, reimburse expenses, or cover losses for any amount or otherwise accept responsibility if, as a result of circumstances beyond our control, we have to change your booking after departure, or we, or our suppliers, cannot supply your booking, as we, or they, had agreed, or you suffer any loss or damage of any description. When we refer to circumstances beyond our control, we mean any event that we, or the supplier in question, could not foresee or avoid, even after taking all reasonable care. Such circumstances will usually include, but are not limited to, war, terrorist activity, civil unrest, industrial dispute, bad weather (actual or threatened) and significant building work ongoing outside of your accommodation which is not known to us in advance of your departure date and building work from a third party (such as resort development).
13. Changes you make before travel including cancellation by you
13.1 If you want to change or cancel the arrangements you have booked in any way, we will try to help you, although we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to do this as changes are subject to availability at the time and to the transport or accommodation providers’ terms and conditions.
13.2 For any changes that can be made, we will charge the price that applies on the day the change is made. Remember any change to your departure date, airport, transport, destination, accommodation, or length of holiday has to apply to all members of your booking.
13.3 The Lead Contact must give to us written notice to change or cancel. We will apply charges from the date we receive the instruction from you.
13.4 For changes or cancellations to flights, we will pass on to you the charges imposed by the suppliers of these services. 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. Please note that the majority of our flight providers do not typically allow changes to be made to tickets after bookings have been made.
13.5 You are not permitted to change all the names on any booking and at least one of the passengers (over 18) on the original booking must remain, unless you are prevented from travelling for reasons beyond your control and not simply from a change of mind.
13.6 If you do cancel, you must still pay any charges which arose before the cancellation, and any deposits paid for any pre-booked items or services.
13.7 Changes such as name changes (including initial changes), destination and date changes can be treated by such suppliers as a cancellation and rebooking, regardless of the period of notice given to us. If the supplier treats the change as a cancellation and rebooking we will pass on to you the cost imposed by the supplier, which could be up to 100% of the ticket price.
13.8 Also note that the transport provider may refuse to issue replacement tickets for lost or stolen tickets and new tickets may have to be purchased by you. The cost of the new ticket may be greater than the cost of the original ticket.
14. Booking in advance
Many bookings are made by customers well in advance and before scheduled airlines have loaded their seats to sell until approximately 10-12 months before the departure. In this instance, we will let you know at the time of your booking that the flight seats are not yet finalised and we will calculate the price using our specially negotiated prices.
We will issue a provisional booking confirmation and take a deposit from you at the time of booking. This forms a contract between us and the price quoted at time of booking will be the price payable when the airline releases the seats and timings and further flight details. The flight timings and details may change from your provisional booking confirmation. Once airline tickets are released, we will contact you with updated pricing and give you 7 days to tell us whether you want to continue with the booking on the basis of the confirmed price or to cancel the booking and receive a full refund of your deposit. In the event that seats on the flight are not available, you will receive a full refund of your deposit. We have no other liability and will not be responsible for refunding the cost of any services booked in conjunction with the flights by yourself or others.
15. Changes made by us after travel
If, after your departure, a significant part of your booking cannot be provided, you will be offered a suitable alternative if possible. If it is not possible to offer you a suitable alternative or, for good reasons, you do not accept the alternative arrangements, we will return you to the place of your departure. If appropriate, we will also pay you compensation, unless your return has been due to circumstances beyond our control. The amount of compensation will be reasonable, taking account of all the circumstances.
16. Flight delays and confirmations
16.1 Flight timings are provided by airlines and are subject to Air Traffic Control restrictions. All means of transportation are subject to weather conditions and the need for constant maintenance and the ability of passengers to check in on time. There is no guarantee that transport will depart at the times stated on any itinerary or tickets which you receive. All timings are estimates only, and we do not have any liability to you for any delay, which may arise, or for any schedule alterations. If you are notified of any change to your travel arrangements by one of your suppliers directly, it is your responsibility to act upon this information and update us if the change will impact any other part of your travel arrangements.
16.2 We do not have any liability if you fail to advise us of any change to your travel arrangements.
16.3 If you fail to check in on time or follow your airline’s on-line check in procedures, the airline is entitled to refuse to allow you to board the flight. We cannot accept responsibility if such a situation arises and, whilst we endeavour to assist in making alternative travel arrangements to your resort, any cost or loss incurred as a result will be your responsibility.
16.4 If you fail to check in at all for your flight from your country of departure, we retain the right to cancel any other arrangements you have booked with us and you will be unable to use any connecting or return flight to the country of departure. No refund can be made for any unused arrangements.
16.5 You should, approximately 72 hours before your departure, check the airline’s website to make sure that there has been no change made by the airline to the time of your flight. This is particularly important in respect of subsequent journeys after you have left the country of departure.
16.6 Your tickets and any other documents relating to your booking will be sent to the Lead Contact’s email address which you give us at the time of booking and will be delivered by e-mail in the form of an e-ticket and/or voucher(s) to the Lead Contact’s e-mail address you supplied at the time of booking. It is important that you check all details of your travel documents before leaving your country of departure. If there are any inaccuracies or you have any other query please contact us immediately.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in or are listed in your itinerary. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation for any reason, baggage loss, accidents and health issues. You should take your policy details with you. We may also request the details of your insurer and policy number are provided to us for our records. We may need to refer to this if you are involved in an accident. If you are unable to provide us with insurance details at the time of booking or when requested then we reserve the right to refuse to accept your booking or cancel your holiday with loss of deposit if you fail to do so. We will not be held responsible for any expenses, damage or losses you incur as a result of your failure to comply with this clause and/or the requirements of your travel insurance policy.
18. Force majeure, unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances
18.1 Force Majeure means unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of anyone involved with your travel arrangements. The consequences of these can often not be avoided even if all due care had been exercised by any travel arrangement provider. You may wish to purchase specific insurance to cover you for any out of pocket costs associated with a force majeure event. Examples of Force Majeure events include but are not limited to; an act of god, severe weather conditions, unforeseen traffic delays or strikes, war, threat of war or similar, terrorism.
18.2 Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances means a situation beyond the control of the party who invokes such a situation and the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken.
18.3 Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances may cover for example warfare, other serious security problems such as terrorism, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of a serious disease in either your home country or the travel destination, or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely to the destination.
18.4 Except where we say differently elsewhere in these conditions, we cannot pay any compensation, reimburse non-recoverable costs or expenses, or cover losses for any amount or otherwise accept responsibility if, as a result of Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances, we have to change your booking after departure, or we, or our suppliers, cannot supply your booking, as we, or they, had agreed, or you suffer any loss or damage of any description.
18.5 We are unable to provide cash refunds in instances of Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances when a supplier has not refunded us or there are non-recoverable costs associated with the booking.
18.6 In the event of Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances when you are unable to travel to your destination, we may hold your funds in credit for use against a future booking.
18.7 All deposits are non-refundable as these are administration charges associated with your booking and include non-recoverable costs.
19. Airline collapse
In the unlikely event that the airline with which you are travelling ceases to trade whilst you are abroad, you must contact us at the earliest opportunity to allow us to seek to find you an alternative return flight. If you have provided us with your contact details for when you are abroad, this may further assist us in contacting you. We shall not be liable for any costs you incur in making your own return flight arrangements if you have not given us the opportunity to arrange an alternative flight home for you. In making alternative return flight arrangements for you we will take the approach of ‘like for like’. What this means is that if your flight is an economy seat we will arrange an economy return alternative and if this is not available immediately, you will be responsible for the cost of remaining abroad until it is or if you wish to upgrade to an immediately available business or first class seat, you will have to pay the difference between the economy seat and the upgraded seat. If your flight seat is business or first class, we will endeavour to find an immediately available business or first class alternative. Our priority, however, will be to book your return flight as soon as possible and, therefore, if the earliest return flight is in a lower class than that which you booked, that return flight is what we will arrange for you and that will be the extent of our obligation to you.
20. Travel documentation, entry requirements and health advice
20.1 It is your responsibility to have valid travel documents and to check the entry requirements for your travel destination – particularly in relation to any required immunisations or vaccinations. For UK customers, up to date government health and travel advice is available. Please visit www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, www.nathnac.org and contact your GP.
20.2 A passport is necessary to travel to all countries. Passengers must hold a passport which is valid for at least six months following the return date of your trip. Most European countries enjoy the same level of medical service as Great Britain. However, we insist you and all members of your party insure yourselves adequately as per our above terms. If you are a UK citizen and are visiting EU community countries or Switzerland you may obtain a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which has replaced the EHIC. This card gives you access to state funded health care in these countries at a reduced rate or free of charge. You can obtain your GHIC through the NHS website.
20.3 Certain countries require a pre-arranged entry visa and certain passport validity conditions; we accept no responsibility for these requirements, and advise all travellers to ensure that the requisite documents are in place prior to travel. For more information consult the Foreign & Commonwealth Office if you are a UK citizen or the State Department if you are a US citizen.
21. Overseas safety and standards
It is the requirements and standards of the country in which any services, that make up your holiday are provided, which apply to those services and not those of the UK or your departure country. The infrastructure standards in certain overseas countries are often quite different from those of the UK or your departure country. This can include, but is not limited to, the reliability of transport, levels of service, food, accommodation, communications and water supplies. You are responsible for taking reasonable precautions for your own safety whilst on holiday.
22.1 If you have a problem whilst using any of your travel arrangements, you must inform the relevant supplier (e.g. your hotelier, transfer company, airline) immediately. Since it is your supplier who is responsible for your booking they will have sole discretion in deciding how to deal with your problem. If you fail to discuss any complaints with your supplier whilst you are away your supplier, and we, will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst you were away and this is likely to affect adversely any rights you may have to compensation from your supplier, or us.
22.2 If the problem cannot be resolved locally, you should then write to us quoting your booking reference and giving full details of your complaint within 28 days of your return to your departure country. We will acknowledge your letter within 14 days, with a full reply following within 28 days unless we have been unable to investigate your complaint within this time in which case a detailed explanation for the delay will be provided and a full reply sent in any event within 56 days. No liability can be accepted for any complaint or claim which is not notified in accordance with the provisions of this clause.
22.3 Please send all complaints to email@example.com
If any provision or part of a provision, of these booking conditions is found by any court or authority of competent jurisdiction to be unlawful, otherwise invalid or unenforceable, such provision or part provision will be struck out of these booking conditions and the remainder of these booking conditions will apply as if the offending provision or part-provision had never been agreed.
You may not transfer any of your rights or obligations under these booking conditions without our prior written consent. We may transfer any of our rights or obligations under these terms and conditions without your prior written consent.
26. Law and jurisdiction
These booking conditions and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them (including all non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and subject to the jurisdiction of the English Courts. If you live in Northern Ireland or Scotland, the Courts of Northern Ireland or Scotland (as appropriate) can deal with any dispute.