Travellers buying 'surprise holiday' packages beware, says ATOL

woman in Bali
Bali is one of the many destinations offered up through so-called mystery deals Credit: Getty

You pick the dates, the departure airport and, if you prefer, some parameters as to where in the world you’d like to travel. Then you are told where to be and at what time before you are whisked off to an unspecified destination.

This is experience tourists with a penchant for spontaneity sign up for with a mystery holiday – something that a number of companies now offer.

However, before forking out for one of these deals it pays to check if you’re financially protected. 

Andy Cohen, head of ATOL at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “Mystery travel deals are a new and exciting way to see parts of the world you may not have thought to visit.

“However, part of that mystery should not be whether...

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