Top tips for holiday makers to avoid disappointment

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As school children break up for the summer holidays, Nottinghamshire residents are being advised on how to avoid disappointment when booking a holiday.

This is after travel company Low Cost Holidays went into administration.

Nottinghamshire County Council claim that around 84,000 British people have been affected by the company's collapse with the possibility of many facing just £7.50 in compensation.

In the county, the authority said there were 116 enquiries from consumers about holiday-related issues over the 12 months after April 2015.

The County Council's Trading Standards team is giving the following tips to help residents avoid a holiday scam or being left out of pocket with a booking:

  • Use a credit card to pay for holiday travel and accommodation.

  • Book through companies that have Air Travel Organisers' Licensing cover if going on a package holiday with included flights.

  • Use a travel company that belongs to the Association of British Travel Agents.

  • Pay for travel insurance with 'End Supplier Failure' cover if booking flights, day trips or hotels independently to cover any unexpected losses

  • Avoid travel websites that look cheap or have fuzzy logos for as these could be fraudulent

  • Check out independent review sites in addition to the company's own web page to see feedback from other travellers.

Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council's Community Safety Committee, said: