It really is a tough time for the holiday industry. Although Algarve as a destination seems to be doing ok, the tour operators that serve it are a real mixed bag.
If you book your Algarve holiday through an ABTA backed operator then your money should be safe and if the company goes bust you should eventually get a refund. However if something does go wrong you still risk having your Algarve holiday plans thrown into disarray. Even worse is being involved in rescue flights and temporary accommodation if things go bad whilst you’re actually away in Algarve.
One of the Algarve market leaders, Thomas Cook Holidays has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. It is still juggling massive debts and a huge downturn in bookings. It clearly still has problems.
We’ve also heard stories of people booking Algarve hotels and apartments using online hotel bookers. When they arrive at the accommodation they were turned away. It seems that the hotel bookers in question were struggling and had failed to pay the hotel.
There are plenty of really good “second tier” Algarve package holiday firms that have a really great record. Companies like Cosmos Holidays and Jet2 Holidays have really good reputations to Algarve but being smaller are always more vulnerable than the bigger operators.
The team here at Algarve-Traveller firmly believe that if you want to play-it-safe and book your Algarve holiday with as much peace-of-mind as possible you should choose TUI Group. They are a huge operation, appear financially stable, are ABTA protected and have a really good reputation for high quality Algarve holidays at fair prices. TUI Group in the UK consists of the market leading Thomson Holidays and First Choice Holidays who both have a wide range of Algarve accommodation from which to choose.
If you prefer an all-inclusive Algarve holiday then look at First Choice Holidays who are now all-inclusive holiday specialists.
Both Thomson and First Choice use the flights of Thomson Airways who have just been named as the UK’s most on-time holiday airline, an important factor when choosing your Algarve holiday. There’s nothing worse than flight delays!
Whoever you choose, have a wonderful Algarve Holiday!Share