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    • deely
    • By deely 11th Jan 18, 8:51 PM
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    using a US Travel Agent -
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    using a US Travel Agent - 11th Jan 18 at 8:51 PM
    looking for a bit of advice on booking a holiday through a non UK travel agent, please.

    we're looking to book a land trip in Alaska and have found a travel agent based in Alaska that has a lot of local knowledge but if we do book through them, where do we stand if anything happens to them as obviously we wouldn't be covered by ATOL, ABTA etc. ?

    We will be booking our flights there and back but they would be booking hotels, car hire, train travel, excursions (including by small aircraft to see polar bears) so looking over $13,000 and we do worry a lot!
    If we used our credit card to pay, would that cover everything that we pay them, in the event of any problem?

    Sorry for being a worry wort but we usually use our UK TA but they didn't seem to be able to do all the things we wanted in Alaska.
    Thanks in advance.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 11th Jan 18, 9:06 PM
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    Mmm not a 'direct supplier' https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/section75-protect-your-purchases#exceptions ?
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    • blindman
    • By blindman 12th Jan 18, 9:02 AM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 9:02 AM

    we're looking to book a land trip in Alaska and have found a travel agent

    but they would be booking hotels, car hire, train travel, excursions (including by small aircraft to see polar bears) so looking over $13,000 and we do worry a lot!
    If we used our credit card to pay, would that cover everything that we pay them, in the event of any problem?
    Originally posted by deely
    Do you need an agent to do all these things for you?

    Alaska is in the US so all these things are easy to DIY.

    We did a cruise a few years back Vancouver to Fairbanks (one way) and I organised all the shore excursions myself using the web.
    Flights to a glacier lake, hire car for a day, hotel in Fairbanks.etc.

    All an agent does is jack the price up, give you restricted options and put an extra layer of bureaucracy between you and the trip.

    A lot of the world now is easily DIY.

    Give it a go

    Or put some details here as to what you are trying to do and we can show you how to DIY.

    It's really simple.
    Last edited by blindman; 12-01-2018 at 9:54 AM.
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