Please read these Booking Conditions carefully. You must not make any booking unless you understand and agree with these Booking Conditions. The person making the booking will be deemed to have accepted these Booking Conditions on behalf of all travellers named in the booking.
References to "us", "we", "our" and “FCM” mean Flight Centre (UK) Limited trading as FCM, company number 02937210. Our registered address is Level 6, CI Tower, St George’s Square, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4TE.
Understanding these Booking Conditions
The provider of your travel service will have its own terms and conditions (such as airline conditions of carriage or accommodation or car hire terms). All such terms and conditions (including limitations of liability) apply to these Booking Conditions for each travel service you book through us and, accordingly, a reference to “these Booking Conditions” shall mean the terms and conditions set out herein, the terms and conditions set out in your credit account approval letter (if applicable) and all terms and conditions of any provider of your travel services. To the extent of any inconsistency between a travel service provider’s terms and conditions and the terms and conditions set out herein, the travel service provider’s terms and conditions shall prevail, save to the extent that any provision in the travel service provider’s terms and conditions is deemed to be invalid or unenforceable. Your travel service providers will be identified on your itinerary or travel documents and their respective terms and conditions will be available directly on their websites or by contacting them. Alternatively you can ask us for copies. You must read all applicable travel service provider terms and conditions carefully because in every case they will apply to the provision of your travel services.
Where we provide you with a quote for a scheduled airline ticket you may request us to hold that ticket. The price of a held ticket shall remain valid for the duration of time which we have advised to you (this excludes airline taxes, which are subject to change and may be re-quoted at the time your booking is confirmed). In all other cases, prices are subject to availability and can be withdrawn or changed without notice. Price changes may occur by reason of matters outside our control which increase the cost of the product or service. Such factors include adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases. Please contact your Account Manager for up to date prices.
Credit card payments will be taken at time of booking/invoicing and will incur merchant fees. You authorise us to charge all fees incurred by you in relation to the services provided to the card designated by you. If payment is not received from the card issuer or its agents for any reason, you agree to pay us all amounts due immediately on demand. You indemnify us against any loss that may be experienced by us due to any fraudulent use or otherwise of that credit card.
Credit accounts must be settled by the 15th day of the month following invoicing and will at all times be subject to the terms and conditions set out in your credit account approval letter. We will provide an invoice for each service at the time of booking, or as otherwise requested by you. For your convenience, we also provide monthly account statements for all travel in each month. You authorise us to conduct credit checks and references prior to approving your credit account.
Credit accounts may be settled by direct debit, bank transfer or cheque. If you are paying by cheque, you agree not to stop payment even when you cancel a booking. You agree that we may apply the proceeds of the cheque to satisfy any liability you have to us, including any liability in respect of cancellation fees, before refunding the balance to you.
We may charge statutory interest and compensation for debt recovery costs under late payment legislation for all overdue amounts.
Amendment and cancellation fees
Cancelled bookings may incur charges. These charges can be up to 100% of the cost of the booking, regardless of whether travel has commenced. Fees and extra charges may also apply where a booking is changed and when tickets or documents are re-issued. Where we incur any liability for a travel service provider cancellation fee or charge for any booking which you cancel, you agree to indemnify us for the amount of that fee or charge. Where you seek a refund for a cancelled booking for which payment has been made to the travel service provider, we will not provide a refund to you until we receive the funds from that travel service provider.
If you have purchased a return flight, multi-stop or round the world flight and you do not check in on a confirmed flight, the airline will register you as a ‘no show’ and your tickets on your subsequent flights will be cancelled. Please contact your Account Manager as soon as possible if you do not intend to check-in for a confirmed reservation in these circumstances.
Passports & visas
All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return. Some countries also require a machine-readable passport and/or unstamped available pages. When assisting with an international travel booking, we will assume that all travellers on the booking have a valid passport. If this is not the case, you must let us know. It is important to ensure you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments, delay or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility (except to the extent caused by fault on our part).
If you need information regarding visas, passports and other travel document requirements for your trip, please contact your Account Manager. We can provide you with general information on visa and passport requirements that apply to international travel bookings you make with us. Your Account Manager can also obtain more specific information from an external visa advisory service provider on your behalf (if you wish, we can obtain visas for you through this external service and fees will apply). We do not warrant the accuracy of visa and passport information provided by any external service and accept no liability for any loss or damage which you may suffer in reliance on it (except to the extent caused by fault on our part).
If you are travelling to the United States please see https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov for important information regarding compulsory pre-registration for their visa waiver program (“ESTA”). If you have registered before, please check your registration is valid and has not lapsed. Please note, you may not meet the eligibility requirements of ESTA and may be required to obtain a visa.
For all travel we strongly recommend that you take out appropriate travel insurance to cover your travel arrangements. Travel insurance is also recommended by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for all overseas travel. It is your responsibility to ensure you have valid travel insurance that covers and is appropriate for your needs. We will not be liable for any loss you incur if and insofar as you are able to claim for damages under a travel insurance policy. We can arrange travel insurance for you or provide you with a quote or general information about the travel insurance options available to you.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit may have issued information about your travel destination. We strongly advise you go to www.fco.gov.uk to find out more about your destination prior to the commencement of travel. Alternatively, you can contact ABTA Information Department on 0203 117 0599 (calls will be charged).
You must ensure that you are aware of any health requirements and recommended precautions relevant to your travel and ensure that you carry all necessary vaccination documentation. In some cases, failure to present required vaccination documentation (e.g. proof of Yellow Fever vaccination) may deny you entry into a country or invalidate your travel insurance cover. We recommend that you consult with your local doctor, travel medical service or specialist vaccination clinic before commencing your travel. We would be happy to provide you details of travel clinics on request.
When you make a booking with us, you acknowledge and agree that we will be acting as an agent only for the relevant transport, accommodation or other travel service provider. Our obligation to you is to (and you expressly authorise us to) make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. The travel service provider, and not FCM, will be responsible to you for the provision of the relevant travel service. Any services we provide to you are collateral to our agency relationship with the travel service provider and are separate to the actual provision of the travel services. Your legal recourse for travel services is against the specific travel service provider and, except to the extent a problem is caused by fault on our part, not against us. Specifically, if for any reason (excluding fault on our part), any travel service provider is unable to provide the travel services for which you have contracted, your remedy lies against the travel service provider and not with us.
We exercise care in the selection of reputable travel service providers but we are not ourselves a provider of travel services and have no control over, or liability for, the services provided by third parties. We are responsible to ensure that we process your booking with reasonable skill and care and, accordingly, our liability to you (except for fraud, or death or personal injury caused by our negligence) will be limited to supplying the relevant service again or paying the cost of having the relevant service supplied again. Our liability will also be limited to the extent that any relevant international conventions, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, limit the amount of compensation which can be claimed for death, injury, or delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage.
In no event do we accept any liability in contract, tort or otherwise, for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expense or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by the acts, omissions or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of third party providers over whom we have no direct control, force majeure or any other event which is beyond our control or which is not preventable by reasonable diligence on our part. We also do not accept any liability in contract, tort or otherwise, for consequential loss (meaning indirect loss, loss of revenue, loss of reputation, loss of profits, loss of actual or anticipated savings, lost opportunities, including opportunities to enter into arrangements with third parties or loss or damage in connection with claims against you by third parties) howsoever caused in connection with your booking.
Please liaise with your Account Manager regarding any special requirements you may have for your travel arrangements such as special meal and seating requests, room type or disabled access. Please understand that travel service providers may not be able to accommodate every request.
When booking with your Account Manager, please let them know your frequent flyer membership details (or other applicable loyalty program details) for inclusion in your booking. Please check your frequent flyer program (or other applicable loyalty program) for the specific terms of your membership. We cannot guarantee that the travel service provider will credit you with points for your booking. Any loyalty program discrepancies in relation to your booking must be communicated to us within six months of your flight departure date.
Travel documents include airline tickets, hotel vouchers, tour vouchers or any other document (whether in electronic form or otherwise) used to confirm an arrangement with a travel service provider. Travel documents may be subject to certain conditions and/or restrictions including (without limitation) being non-refundable, non-date-changeable, non-transferable and subject to cancellation and/or amendment fees. Travel documents cannot be transferred to another person to use. All airline tickets must be issued in the name of the passport/photo identity holder. An incorrect name on a booking or on the travel documents may result in an inability to travel on that booking and the booking being cancelled. Please review your travel documentation carefully and advise us immediately of any errors in names, dates and timings. You must ensure you have all your travel documents and e-tickets prior to travel. Please let us know if you believe you have not received any required documentation. Please also note that bookings we make on your behalf for corporate travel are not protected under the ATOL scheme.
A flight described on your travel documents and/or itinerary as “direct” will not necessarily be non-stop. All departure/arrival times are provided by the airlines concerned and are estimates only. They may change due to air traffic control restrictions, weather conditions and operational requirements.
Privacy notice and overseas data transfer
Money not held on trust
All money paid by you to us will be our property and will be a debt due and payable to the travel service provider. You agree and acknowledge that such money will not be held by us on trust for and on behalf of you and we may hold such money in any account as we see fit, including with our own and/or our other clients’ money.
Third party rights
A person who is not a party to these Booking Conditions shall have no rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of these Booking Conditions. This paragraph does not affect any right or remedy of any person which exists or is available otherwise than pursuant to that Act.
Anti-bribery and corruption
Each party shall comply, and shall ensure that each of its employees, officers, directors, contractors and agents complies with all applicable laws, regulations, codes and sanctions, including but not limited to anti-bribery and corruption, foreign corrupt practices and anti-terrorism laws and specifically the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Australia), the Bribery Act 2010 (UK) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977 (USA). Neither party shall engage in any course of conduct that would cause the other party to be in violation of the laws of any jurisdiction, including, without limitation, the laws, regulations, codes and sanctions referred to in this clause. Each party shall ensure that it has in place and maintains policies and procedures adequate to prevent bribery and corruption, foreign corrupt practices and terrorism and to ensure compliance with the applicable laws, regulations, codes and sanctions referred to in this clause. Each party shall, and shall ensure that each of its employees, officers, directors, contractors and agents shall uphold the highest standards of business ethics and conduct, and undertake not to give or receive any advantage that could be perceived as payment or receipt of a bribe, not to make facilitation payments and not to bribe a foreign public official.
Governing law and severance
If any dispute arises in relation to these Booking Conditions, the laws of England will apply. You irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and waive any right that you may have to object to an action being brought in those courts. Any provision (or part of any provision) of these Booking Conditions which is invalid in any jurisdiction is invalid in that jurisdiction to that extent, without invalidating or affecting the remaining provisions (or part provision) or the validity of that provision in any other jurisdiction.
EU Community List
We are required to bring to your attention the existence of a 'Community List', which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community List is available for inspection at www.ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/safety/air-ban/index_en.htm.
These Booking Conditions were last updated on 14 January 2016.