kanes travel: important information
1. LEGAL CAPACITY
We are, and legally act as, an agent. We are agent for the supplier(s) of any travel services or products you book through us, except for low cost flights where we are your agent (in such circumstances we charge a fee for this service, details of which are available As an agent, we do not supply, own or control any of these travel services or products; we are the intermediary which enables you to book what you want. We are not, therefore, responsible for any of these services or products. If there is a problem with them, your recourse is against the relevant supplier.
Please refer to the paragraphs below which explain how and on what terms, bookings through us are processed, charged or altered. It also contains other relevant information.
1.2 Yours: You hereby confirm and represent that you are eighteen years or over. References to “You” mean you and all persons named in a booking on whose behalf you have been authorised to act.
2. DATA PROTECTION
Unless otherwise stated all deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.
We are government licenced and bonded as a travel agent TA0145. Vouchers that have not been exchanged against overseas travel contracts are not refundable from our bond and it is recommended that you pay for vouchers by credit card where possible.
You will be required to pay a deposit or make full payment for your booking at the time of booking. Where you only pay a deposit you must pay the full balance by the balance due date notified to you. If full payment is not received by the balance due date, we will notify the principal who may cancel your booking and charge the cancellation fees set out in their Terms and Conditions.
6.CANCELLATION and AMENDMENT
Because of the ever-changing nature of airfare structures and the increasing availability of instant purchase air fares most of the flights which we sell must be paid for in full at the time of booking. Most airfares are non refundable. A cancellation or amendment shall only be effective upon receipt of same in writing from you and may be subject to our cancellation service charge or amendment service charge. Many suppliers such as tour operators and cruise-line companies apply 100% cancellation charges from 10 weeks before the date of departure.
We cannot recommend strongly enough the importance of taking out adequate travel insurance. Many principals require you to take out travel insurance as a condition of booking with them to cover you and your party against the cost of cancellation by you; the cost of assistance (including repatriation) in the event of accident or illness; loss of baggage and money; and other expenses. If we have issued your policy please check it carefully to ensure that all the details are correct and that all relevant information has been provided by you (e.g. pre-existing medical conditions of all those on whose health your travel arrangements depend). If you do not disclose relevant information your insurance may not be effective.
8. DELIVERY OF TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
All documents will be sent to you by ordinary post or by email. Once documents leave our office we will not be responsible for their loss unless such loss is due to our negligence. If tickets or other documents need to be reissued all costs must be paid by you. You can ask for delivery by other means which will incur an additional charge, details of which are available on request.
9. PASSPORTS, VISAS AND HEALTH
We can provide general information about the passport, visa and health requirements for your trip, upon request. Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Most countries now require passports to be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. You should check with your own doctor for your specific health circumstances. For European holidays, you will need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to receive healthcare that becomes necessary during your visit to an EEA country or Switzerland free or at a reduced cost and you should obtain one prior to departure. You can obtain an EHIC card online at www.ehic.ie.The EHIC card will enable you to receive medical assistance in an EU country but is not an alternative to travel insurance which we strongly recommend you obtain as soon as you make a booking.
It is you responsibility to ensure that all your travel, passport, visa and insurance documents are in order and to present yourself at your point of departure in plenty of time for check in. It may be necessary to reconfirm any return flights with the airline prior to the departure of your flight. You should take a note of any reference number or contact name when reconfirming. If you fail to reconfirm you may be refused permission to board the aircraft and you are unlikely to receive any refund.
Any dissatisfaction regarding your travel or holiday arrangements must be reported to the principal or their local supplier or agent immediately.
12. IDENTITY OF CARRIERS
We are obliged to inform you, at time of booking, of the identity of the operating air carrier(s) which is due to perform, or likely to perform, your flight; if there are any changes to the operating air carrier(s) we are obliged to inform you of these as soon as possible. If we don’t know the identity of the operating carrier(s) when you are booking, we must inform you when it is known. In all cases, we are obliged to inform you of the identity of the operating air carrier at check-in or boarding, where no check-in is required for a connecting flight. In accordance with EU Dir No.2111/2005, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a ‘Community Blacklist’, which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU Community.
13. GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION
This general agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Ireland and each of the parties hereby submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Ireland in regard to any matter arising from or touching upon this general agreement.