Terms and Conditions

  1. Your Holiday Contract


    These booking conditions govern all bookings with Birdcube Travel Ltd. whose registered office is at Unit 6, 17 The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1JR. How the booking conditions apply to you vary depending on whether you have booked a ‘package’ or 'other travel arrangements'.

    A package is a combination of at least two of the following a) transport b) accommodation c) another tourist service which forms a significant part of your booking, providing those two or more components are sold to you at the same time at an inclusive price with full payment being made to Birdcube Travel Ltd. Anything else (e.g. air tickets only, air tickets and accommodation booked at different times, cruises and packages arranged by a third party tour operator where we act as their agents) constitutes other travel arrangements.

    If you book a package your contract is with Birdcube Travel Ltd. A contract arises between us once you have completed and signed our booking form or confirm you have read and understood the booking conditions shown on our websites, or made the appropriate payment to us and we have issued our confirmation invoice. If you book other travel arrangements, Birdcube Travel Ltd acts as a booking agent and your contract is with the supplier(s) (e.g. the airline or hotel supplier or cruise or tour operator) concerned. The booking conditions of that other company will also apply to you. You will see that certain of the terms and conditions below only apply if you have booked a package.

    All contracts with Birdcube Travel Ltd and all matters arising from them are subject to English law and to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. You may, however, choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you wish to do so.

    The person who makes the booking, must be aged 18 or over, accepts these conditions on behalf of all members of the party and is responsible for all payment due from the party.



  2. Payments

    At the time of booking you must pay a deposit, the amount of which varies from £100 per person up to the total holiday cost, depending on the type of booking, and pay any balance of the cost of the holiday no later than 8 weeks before departure. If you book inside 8 weeks of departure full payment is required at time of booking. If you do not make the required payments your booking will be cancelled. If you have paid a deposit and fail to pay the balance on time you will lose your deposit.

    All bookings are subject to a booking fee of 1%.


  3. Your Travel Documents

    Travel documents will be issued electronically once we have received full payment.


  4. Alterations By You

    If after booking you wish to change your travel arrangements, we will do our best to meet your new requirements. You will need to confirm your instructions in writing and pay an amendment fee of £35 per booking. Also you must pay any costs we incur in making the amendment, including any charges that may be levied by suppliers (e.g. airlines, hotels). Please note that some travel arrangements (e.g. Apex tickets) may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.


  5. Transferring Your Booking If You Are Prevented From Travelling (Packages Only)

    If you are prevented from travelling, you have the right to transfer your booking to another person subject to both the original client(s) and the transferee(s) paying all costs incurred by Birdcube Travel Ltd in doing so. However, the arrangements must remain exactly the same. Birdcube Travel Ltd will use its best endeavors to facilitate the transfer and in cases where a transfer is made an additional administration charge of £100 per person must be paid.


  6. Cancellation By You

    You may cancel your booking at any time providing that the cancellation is made by the person making the booking and is communicated to us in writing. As we incur costs when you cancel, we will retain your deposit and additional cancellation charges may apply.

    If the reason for cancellation is covered under the terms of an insurance policy you may be able to reclaim these charges.

    Period before departure within which notice of cancellation is received by us Cancellation charge
    More than 56 days Deposit only
    Between 28 and 56 days 60% of total holiday cost
    Between 27 and 7 days 90% of total holiday cost
    Less than seven days 100% of total holiday cost

    Other travel arrangements

    Most discounted airline tickets carry a 100% cancellation charge. Please check at time of booking for the charges which apply to your ticket. Air tickets that do have a refund value should be returned by you to Birdcube Travel Ltd and we will pass them to the airline. When Birdcube Travel Ltd receives a refund it will be paid to you. This usually takes 8-12 weeks but in some cases (e.g. lost tickets) may take considerably longer. Please ensure that any tickets returned to the company are sent by registered post.


  7. Alterations By Birdcube Travel Ltd

    We reserve the right to change the description of any flight and/or ground service before you book, in which case you will be told before a confirmation invoice is issued.

    Packages

    It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements, but we do plan the arrangements many months in advance. Occasionally we may have to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. Most of these changes will be minor and we will advise you or your travel agent of them at the earliest possible date. If we make a major change to your holiday, we will inform you or your travel agent as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. You will have the choice of either accepting the amendment as notified, purchasing another holiday from us with the price difference payable/refundable as appropriate, or cancelling the arrangement(s) and receiving a full refund of all monies paid. In addition, you will receive the compensation listed below, except in cases of "force majeure".

    Period before departure within which notice of major change is made to you Amount of compensation per person
    More than 56 days Nil
    Between 56 and 42 days £10 (Ten Pounds)
    Between 41 and 28 days £20 (Twenty Pounds)
    Between 27 and 15 days £30 (Thirty Pounds)
    Less than 15 days £40 (Forty Pounds)


    The compensation that we offer does not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled to do so.

    Force majeure

    This means that we will not pay you compensation if we have to cancel or change your travel arrangements in any way because of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control. These can include, for example, war, riot, industrial dispute, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather condition.

    Other travel arrangements

    Birdcube Travel Ltd is obliged and will endeavor to notify all changes before departure if it is possible to do so. (Please see section 14 Flights.) No compensation is payable by us in such cases. We will endeavor to find you a suitable alternative if appropriate.


  8. Cancellation By Birdcube Travel Ltd

    Packages

    We reserve the right to cancel your holiday in certain circumstances. For example, if the minimum number of clients required for a particular holiday is not reached, we may have to cancel it. However we will not cancel your travel arrangements less than 8 weeks before your departure date, except for reasons of force majeure or failure by you to pay the final balance. If we are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements, you have the choice of purchasing another arrangement from us, if available, with the price difference payable/refundable as appropriate, or of receiving a full refund of all monies paid to us (except insurance premium). In addition, unless the cancellation has been caused by "force majeure" (defined in Clause 7 above) compensation will be paid on the scale set out in Clause 7 above.

    Other travel arrangements

    In the unlikely event that a booking has to be cancelled, for any reason other than non-payment by you, we will offer you alternative travel arrangements if these are available. Or, you can have a full and prompt refund of all monies paid to Birdcube Travel Ltd less any insurance premiums and amendment fees. No compensation is payable.


  9. Pricing Policy

    All of our travel arrangements and fares are subject to availability. Once a confirmation invoice has been issued the price shown on that invoice may only vary as outlined below or if you amend your booking (see Clauses 4 and 5).

    Packages

    The price of your travel arrangements can be varied due to changes in transportation costs (e.g. airfares and cost of fuel), changes in dues and taxes (including VAT) or fees payable for services (e.g. landing taxes or embarkation/disembarkation fees at ports and airports) or to reflect fluctuations in exchange rates. In the case of any small variation an amount equivalent to 2% of the invoice price (excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges) will be absorbed or retained. For larger variations this 2% will still be absorbed for increases but not retained from refunds. In either case there will be an administration cost of £1.00 per person, together with an amount to cover travel agents` commission (if applicable). If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the invoice price you will be entitled to cancel the booking and receive a full refund of all monies paid (excluding amendment charges). We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. If you decide to cancel in these circumstances you must do so within 14 days of the issue date on the surcharge invoice.


  10. Other travel arrangements

    For air tickets, after we have received full payment in cleared funds we will not increase the price. For all other situations, we reserve the right to pass on any cost increase levied by the suppliers.

  11. Our Liability

    Packages

    i. We accept responsibility for ensuring that the package booked with us is supplied as described. If any part is not provided as promised, due to the fault of employees, agents or suppliers, we will pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected your enjoyment of the package. Subject to (ii) below our liability in all cases is limited to a maximum of two times the cost of your travel arrangements.

    ii. We accept responsibility for personal injury, illness or death caused by the negligent acts and/or omissions of our employees, agents, suppliers or sub-contractors, whilst acting within the scope of, or in the course of their employment in the provision of your travel arrangements. We will accordingly pay to you such damages as might have been awarded in such circumstances under English Law.

    iii. Our liability is limited in the manner provided in certain international conventions, in respect of travel by air, sea and rail.

    If you suffer a personal injury, death or serious difficulties as the result of an activity which does not form part of the package you have booked with us, we will offer you such advice and guidance as is reasonable in all the circumstances and, where appropriate and at our discretion, financial assistance up to a limit of £5,000 per confirmation invoice (not per member of your party). Where legal proceedings are contemplated and you want our assistance, you must obtain our written consent prior to commencement of proceedings. Assistance must be requested within 90 days of the incident concerned and is repayable to the Company from any monies received from a third party or under any insurance policy.

    Other travel arrangements

    In consideration of the fact that we act only as a booking agent, we have no liability whatsoever for any aspect of the arrangements and, in particular, no liability for any loss, personal injury or death however incurred, except where caused by our own proven negligence.


  12. Complaints

    If a problem occurs, whilst you are abroad, you must inform the relevant supplier (e.g. hotel, tour operator, car rental company, airline) immediately so that the matter can be put right. If the supplier cannot resolve the problem to your satisfaction, at the time, you must also contact us immediately by telephoning on 020 31373082 so that we are given the opportunity to help. In the event that a complaint cannot be resolved at the time, you must write to us within 28 days of your return, quoting your original booking reference and giving all relevant information. Failure to take these steps will hinder our ability to resolve the problem and/or investigate it fully and in consequence, any right to compensation you may have may be extinguished or reduced.


  13. Passport, Visa And Health Requirements

    Please ensure that you are aware of all passport, visa and health requirements and that you allow adequate time to obtain them. You must check applicable requirements with the relevant Embassy, Consulate or Passport Agency. Please note that many countries require that your passport is valid for six months beyond the period of your stay. Requirements can change and it is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with applicable passport, visa and health requirements and take all necessary documents with you to gain access to any country or region to which you make travel arrangements or transit through. Birdcube Travel Ltd cannot accept any responsibility for customers who do not possess the correct documents and if you fail to do so, you will be solely responsible for any cost, loss or damage that you incur as a result of your failure. Helpful information can be found on the websites http://www.fco.gov.uk/travel and http://www.doh.gov.uk.


  14. Suppliers Conditions

    Please note that, as between you and any of the suppliers whose services form part of your booking, the suppliers` standard terms and conditions will apply. The suppliers` standard conditions may limit or exclude liability, often in accordance with international conventions. Copies of these conditions may be requested in writing.


  15. Flights

    Please note that a flight described 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, operational/maintenance requirements and the requirement for passengers to check in on time. Birdcube Travel Ltd will advise if there is any change to a departure/ arrival time previously given to you or shown on your ticket but you are also strongly advised to reconfirm your flights, including departure times, with the airline, 72 hours prior to departure. We are unable to make any special arrangements for you if you are delayed; these matters are at the sole discretion of the airline concerned.


  16. Special Requests

    If you have any special requests, these will be passed on to the relevant supplier but cannot be guaranteed by Birdcube Travel Ltd.


  17. Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance for your whole journey.


  18. Information We Collect From You

    We will collect and process the following data about you to carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us and to provide you with the information, products and services that you request from us.


  19. Personal Information We Collect And Use If You Make A Booking With Us

    When you book a flight, holiday, cruise or make other travel related bookings with us, we will collect, process and use personal information so that we can deal with all aspects of your booking.


  20. Types Of Personal Information We Collect

    The types of personal information we collect when you make a booking with us includes your:
    • name
    • title
    • date of birth
    • address
    • contact details (including email address and telephone/mobile number)
    • gender
    • passport details
    • emergency contact
    • details of next of kin
    • booking reference
    • payment card details
    • meal preferences
    • destination address where required (i.e. the US)


  21. How We Use This Personal Information

    We use your personal information to:

    • fulfil our agreement with you and/or deal with your booking or intended booking, including processing your booking, sending you your itinerary or other details relating to your booking, or contacting you if there is a problem with your booking (for example, by sending you a service message to inform you when your booking has not been completed)
    • update you on changes to your travel itinerary (for example, if there is a change to your booking pre travel; if a flight is delayed or cancelled)
    • manage operations related to your journey, for example, ground handling (such as baggage and baggage claims), airport operations (such as check-in), fulfilment of meals, pick up and drop off by chauffer or transfer drivers (which may be handled by us or third party service providers)
    • manage your wider travel and products or services requirements (for example, liaising with and transferring your data to airlines, service providers (such as catering companies and ground and cargo handlers) and/or travel facilitators so that they can facilitate your booking and/or your travel arrangements so any disruption can be minimised), this includes when you book a holiday package, hotel, car or other ancillary service which may be provided by us or third parties through our Platforms
    • process payments for your booking, fulfil requests for refunds and for accounting or audit purposes personalise the service and offers you receive (for example, by being aware of previous travel experiences, transactions or preferences, and tailoring the way we provide our products or services to you based on your preferences and profile)
    • personalise the look and feel of our Platforms and communications with you, so as to align with preferences you may have told us about or which we have inferred from your use of our Platforms, market research, your interactions with us on social media and previous transactions (details on How we use your personal information for marketing purposes, profiling and analytics are below)
    • communicate and interact with you at different touch points throughout your journey (for example, if there is an issue related to your booking or destination whilst you’re on holiday)
    • communicate with check-in agents, flight crew, ground staff, airlines, accommodation providers and other parties that are part of your journey regarding your experience, preferences, compliments or complaints improve the products and services we offer or help us to create new ones
    • conduct customer satisfaction surveys so that we can obtain a better understanding of how we can continue to improve the products and services we offer or help us to create new ones. During these surveys we may collect personal information from you relating to your thoughts/comments about your experience with us market our products and services to you (details on How we use your personal information for marketing purposes, profiling and analytics are below)
    • manage our business such as for systems testing, IT maintenance or development training, benchmarking and performance measurement
    • use in connection with your online account (details on Personal information we collect and use if you register an online account with us are below)
    • as you may authorise or consent to additionally from time to time


  22. Information You Give Us

    This refers to information such as your name, contact details, travel preferences and special needs/disabilities/dietary requirements that you supply us or is supplied to us, including any information about other persons on your booking ("your information"). Your information is collected when you request information from us, contact us (and vice versa) or make a booking. You are responsible for ensuring that all other members of your party are aware of the content of our Privacy Policy and consent to your acting on their behalf in all your dealings with us. We will update your information whenever we can if you inform us of any amendments to keep it current, accurate and complete.

    Information (such as health or religion) is considered "special category of personal data " under the GDPR. We will only collect this information to cater to your needs or act in your interest, and we are only prepared to accept this special category of personal data on the condition that we have your positive consent. By booking with us you also agree for your insurers, their agents and medical staff to disclose relevant information and any special category of personal data to us in circumstances where we need to act on your behalf, or in the interest of passengers, or in an emergency.


  23. Disclosure Of Your Information

    You agree that we have the right to share your personal information with: Any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries. Selected third parties including business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with them or you. Companies fulfilling your booking, which include airlines and other travel providers. If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of The Flights To administer our site and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes. To improve our site to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer As part of our efforts to keep our site safe and secure. To measure or understand the effectiveness of advertising we serve to you and others.


  24. Security And Safety Of Data And Its Storage

    We make every effort to put in place suitable precautions to safeguard its security and privacy, and to prevent it from being altered, corrupted, destroyed or accessed by unauthorised parties. The same tight controls and best practices are true for any data processed beyond this website and on our Company’s internal networks. Please be aware that this website may include links to other external websites or other internet sources, including social media platforms and third party websites. Since we cannot control these websites and external sources, Birdcube Travel cannot be held responsible for the provision or display of these websites and external sources, and may not be held liable for the content, advertising, products, services, or any other material available on or from these websites or external sources, nor their collection and processing of any personal data. However, every effort has been made to vet these external websites and sources at the time of providing any outgoing link from our own website. With regards to the security and safety of data and its storage, Birdcube Travel assures: To take appropriate security measures against unlawful or unauthorised processing of personal data, and against the accidental loss of, or damage to, personal data. It will be processed lawfully with your consent for the specific purpose it is required and will not be kept for longer than is legally necessary. We will only process any special category of personal information relating to you for legal, personnel, administrative and management purposes and to enable us to meet our legal obligations. It will put in place procedures and technologies to maintain the security of all personal data from the point of collection to the point of destruction or erasure. Personal data will only be transferred to a data processor if they agree to comply with those procedures and policies, or if they put in place adequate measures themselves.


  25. Foreign Controls

    Where we have to pass on personal information to the companies fulfilling your booking, which include, airlines and other travel providers. This will in many cases involve your information being passed to entities in other countries throughout the world. They in turn may be obliged to pass your information on for purposes of immigration manifests and so forth. We will require these companies to also ensure that your data is adequately protected and your privacy upheld. However, please note that controls on data protection in such countries may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country.


  26. Limitation On Storage

    We will not keep personal data active longer than is necessary for the purpose or purposes for which they were collected. We will take all reasonable actions to destroy, or erase all data from our website and other systems which is no longer required.


  27. Your Rights Under The GDPR

    Under the EU’s GDPR, you have the right to access information/data held about you, and the right to correct, amend, delete, and object to further processing. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the GDPR. Any access request will be free of charge, although multiple copies will be subject to a reasonable fee to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you. We will endeavour to provide you with the personal data in the same machine-readable format and will make it capable of porting to a third-party data controller, only if it is technically feasible to do so. You should also notify us if any of your personal details change or if you are aware of any inaccuracies so that this can be corrected.


  28. Changes To Our Privacy Policy

    Any changes we make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our privacy policy.


  29. Payment By Cheque

    All payments made by cheque should be made payable to ‘Birdcube Travel Ltd Trust Account’.