Happy Holiday Travel Agency (registered as VIPLAND Ltd in England & Wales) acts in this circumstance as an agent and is not the tour operator because in this circumstance we only facilitates bookings with those that provide or arrange travel products. In other circumstances it may operate as a tour operator.
These are the terms on which we will make a booking for your travel or holiday requirements. When making your booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the principal(s) or other travel supplier(s) (e.g. tour operator, airline, cruise company or accommodation company) named on your receipt(s). We can book you a package holiday, in which case you will have one contract with the principal, or we can book the services that make up your holiday with different principals or suppliers, in which case you will have separate contracts with each of them.
All the holiday packages that we sell come with protection for your money. If you buy a single travel service then this might not apply. Holiday packages are protected by the package organiser and we will provide you with their confirmation. When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from 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.
Please kindly note that NOT all holiday or travel services offered and sold by Happy Holiday will be protected by the ATOL scheme. Please ask your travel agent or consultant to confirm what protection may apply to your booking.
1. TERMS OF BUSINESS
1.1. These are Happy Holiday’s agency terms of business (“Agency Terms”) setting out how Happy Holiday will process a booking for you. When processing a booking, Happy Holiday will arrange for you to enter into a direct contract with the supplier of the travel products which may include but are not limited to tour operators, cruise companies, airlines, accommodation providers and hoteliers (“Travel Suppliers”). Unless expressly provided otherwise in writing, Happy Holiday when taking a booking is always acting as agent to the Travel Suppliers who is the principal or agent to the principal. As an agent we accept no responsibility for the acts or omissions of Travel Suppliers or for the services provided by them. The principal’s(s’) or supplier’s(s’) Terms & Conditions will apply to your booking and we advise you to read these carefully as they do contain important information about your booking. Please ask us for copies of these if you do not have them.
1.2. There will be no binding contract with the Travel Supplier for your holiday before Happy Holiday has received a signed booking form and/or payment of the deposit/sum shown on the invoice and until Happy Holiday has sent you confirmation on behalf of the Travel Suppliers.
1.3. The booking arrangement is made with the person who signs the booking form, even though payments may be made by others, and every person signing the booking form is fully responsible for the holiday booking. Where no booking form is required or is not provided the arrangement is made with the person who pays the initial deposit.
1.4. Your booking arrangement with the Travel Suppliers is governed by the following:
- The agency terms and specific booking conditions of each relevant Travel Suppliers. Please ask us for copies of these if you do not have them.
- The booking form. This will provide Happy Holiday with information needed to pass on to the relevant Travel Suppliers who make the holiday arrangements. Please note that names should be provided as stated in the relevant passport. Although Happy Holiday always informs Travel Suppliers of your special requests and does what it can to encourage Travel Suppliers to accommodate them, it is the Travel Suppliers who control whether the request is met and Happy Holiday cannot guarantee this. This is especially true of dietary requirements.
- The invoice
- The itinerary: This will identify if a booking arrangement is dependent on participation by a minimum number of people. If so the service may be cancelled by Happy Holiday on behalf of the Travel Supplier in writing within the period indicated in the itinerary without compensation if the minimum take-up is not achieved and if the service has been paid for then the sum paid will be refunded by Happy Holiday.
It is very important to check the details on the itinerary and invoice when you receive them. This is because they set out the details of the booking arrangement taken by Happy Holiday. If you think there is an error you should contact Happy Holiday immediately so that Happy Holiday can address any problems. Changes can only be made by the persons signing the booking form or by someone they authorise in writing. Some changes may incur charges, which you will be notified of prior to any change being made.
The booking information that you provide to us will be passed on only to the Travel Suppliers of your travel arrangements or other persons necessary for the provision of your travel arrangements. The information may therefore be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them, or as required by law. This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary and religious requirements. Certain information may also be passed on to security or credit checking companies. If you are travelling to the United States, the US Customs and Border Protection will receive this information for the purposes of preventing and combating terrorism and other transnational serious crimes. If you travel outside the European Economic Area, controls on data protection may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we will be unable to provide your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons. Full details of our data protection policy are available upon request.
2.1. Happy Holiday cannot guarantee that up until 30 days before your departure date the price of your booking will not be subject to surcharges such as:
- Variations in transportation costs, including the cost of the fuel
- Variations in duties, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports the exchange rates applied to the booking and that within 30 days of your departure date the price of your booking will not be subject to any surcharges.
2.2. Should the above price variations result in the cost of your booking going up you shall be entitled to the remedies set out in the terms and conditions of your relevant Travel Suppliers.
2.3. When you book a package holiday Happy Holiday will not give any breakdowns whatsoever of the price of the holiday.
3.1. If you are booking within 10 weeks of the departure date, then full payment is required from you at the time of booking.
3.2. If you are booking more than 10 weeks before the departure date, then you need only pay the deposit shown on the invoice at the time of booking, and you must pay the balance at least 8 weeks prior to departure. Happy Holiday will send a reminder approximately 10 weeks before the departure date.
4. CHANGES TO THE BOOKING OR PERSONS COVERED BY THE BOOKING
- By you: A change must be requested in writing by the person who signed the booking form. Happy Holiday will assist you if you wish to make changes to your booking but cannot guarantee that the relevant Travel Suppliers will agree to your changes. There will be a minimum administration charge by Happy Holiday of £50 plus additional charges such as service charge and VAt per person in your party affected, and you will also have to pay the total charges payable under the terms and conditions of the relevant Travel Supplier.
- By Travel Suppliers: Your booking arrangements may be made many months in advance with the relevant Travel Suppliers. If a Travel Supplier makes a significant change to an essential term of the booking arrangement that they have with you before departure then Happy Holiday will notify you as soon as possible. You will be entitled to the remedy set out in the relevant Travel Supplier’s terms and conditions.
- By you: A cancellation must be in writing signed by the person who signed the booking form If you cancel any booking for any reason Happy Holiday shall be entitled to retain part of the payment made by you as a cancellation charge. You may also be liable to pay the cancellation charge levied by the Travel Supplier (which may be up to 100% of the cost of the booking arrangements) and will be governed by the terms and conditions of the relevant Travel Suppliers.
- By Travel Suppliers: Happy Holiday on behalf of the Travel Supplier(s) may cancel the booking if you do not pay the balance of the price on time and you may be liable to their cancellation charges.
It is unlikely that your booking will be cancelled in any other circumstances but any cancellation will be subject to the Travel Suppliers' terms and conditions. For the avoidance of doubt if you cancel or amend your booking arrangements the Travel Supplier may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their terms and conditions and you must in addition pay Happy Holiday upon request the cancellation or amendment charges stated herein.
6. Liability, limits on liability and compensation
6.1. For the avoidance of doubt your booking and contract is with the relevant Travel Suppliers. Happy Holiday is not responsible for and has no liability for the acts or omissions of persons who are not acting as its employees and though Happy Holiday has chosen its Travel Suppliers with care Happy Holiday has no control over its Travel Suppliers and cannot be held responsible for any action or omission of its Travel Suppliers or their servants, agents or employees.
6.2. Happy Holiday will have no liability to pay compensation to you for any failure to properly perform its services hereunder, where the failure is attributable to you.
6.3. Happy Holiday shall have no liability to pay compensation to you for loss, damage or expense incurred for any failure to properly perform Happy Holiday’s agency services, where the failure is: attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the holiday services, and which was unforeseeable or unavoidable due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond Happy Holiday’s control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised due to an event which Happy Holiday, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall. Examples of the above circumstances would be war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, actions of governments or other state bodies, unavoidable technical problems with transport, machinery or equipment, power failure, natural or nuclear disaster, avalanche, fire, late delivery, adverse weather conditions or levels of water in rivers, or that any of the above are threatened.
6.4. Happy Holiday shall have no liability for economic loss, loss of profit, loss of revenue, loss of goodwill, loss of reputation, loss of anticipated savings arising out of the failure or delay in performing the services hereunder or otherwise in connection with these terms, or for any indirect, special or consequential loss or damage.
6.5. For the avoidance of doubt your booking is directly with the relevant Travel Supplier. To the extent that Happy Holiday is not negligent in the provision of its service to you. Happy Holiday accepts no liability for any complaint, loss, damage, expense or other claim in respect of any aspect of your booking or travel arrangements.
6.6. Where Happy Holiday is required to pay you compensation, whether as provided in these Agency Terms or otherwise, Happy Holiday’s liability to pay compensation shall be limited in all circumstances to an absolute aggregate maximum liability of the total price paid by you for the specific bookings related to any given complaint.
Because the contract(s) for your travel arrangements is between you and the principal(s) or supplier(s), any queries or concerns relating to the travel arrangements should be addressed to them. If you have a problem while on holiday, this must be reported to the principal/supplier or their local supplier or agent immediately. If you fail to follow this procedure there will be less opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint. The amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced or you may not receive any at all depending on the circumstances. If you wish to complain when you return home, contact the principal/supplier in writing. We can assist you with this if you wish.
8. LAW AND JURISDICTION
Any dispute between you and Happy Holiday will be governed by the laws of England and the English courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.
9. FURTHER BOOKING INFORMATION
9.1 Insurance: Many principals/suppliers require you to take out travel insurance as a condition of booking with them. In any event, we strongly advise that you take out a policy of insurance in order to cover you and your party against the cost of cancellation by you; the cost of assistance (including repatriation) in the event of accident or illness; loss of baggage and money; and other expenses.
9.2 Passports, visas & health: We can provide general information about the passport and visa requirements for your trip. Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. Neither we nor the principal(s) or supplier(s) accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Most countries now require passports to be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. Please take special note that for all air travel within the British Isles, airlines require photographic identification of a specific type. Please ask us for full details. We can provide general information about any health formalities required for your trip but you should check with your own doctor for your specific circumstances.
9.3 Final travel arrangements: Please ensure that all your travel, passport, visa and insurance documents are in order and that you arrive in plenty of time for checking in at the airport.
Last Update: 18 August 2022