However, we realise that a lot of people that visit our website want to know how to complain to a tour operator about quality issues such as facilities promised in the brochure not being available and general quality issues relating to hotels such as poor cleaning and buffet service.
If your holiday complaint relates to a misrepresentation of your hotel or resort and is above the value of £2,000, it would be worthwhile you seeking legal advice to pursue your holiday complaint. This is because if you make a direct complaint to your holiday company and an outcome is reached where you are entitled to receive compensation, the amount offered is likely to be far less than what you paid for your holiday. This is usually a small fraction of what your holiday cost. However if your claim has good prospects of success, the recoverable amount can include the full cost of your holiday, out of pocket expenses as well as further compensation for loss of enjoyment.
If you were mis-sold a holiday please click here for further useful information on how to make a holiday claim.
If you have had an accident or illness that formed part of a package holiday we suggest that you contact us as soon as possible so that we can help you with your claim. We can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Freephone: 0808 145 1353 or fill in the enquiry form above.
If your holiday complaint is of a small value i.e. below £2,000, and concerns minor issues regarding misrepresentation, making a direct complaint may be a good option to potentially allow some recovery of compensation that you may be happy to accept.
Below is a basic template for writing a letter of complaint to your travel company for things that have gone wrong with your holiday. The letter is intended as a guide for structuring a letter of complaint. Please do not copy it verbatim.
When writing a letter, we recommend that you consider the following:
“For the Attention of the Managing Director of (Insert Name of Holiday Company Here]
I am claiming the compensation I am entitled to for my ruined holiday to [resort and hotel name]. I travelled out on [insert date] from [departure airport] under booking reference [insert booking reference]. The people on the booking were [insert names].
My entitlement to claim compensation arises out of the Package Travel, Package Holiday and Package Tour Regulations 1992.
A list of my complaints is as follows:
Building Work at my Hotel that you should have informed me about
On the morning of my arrival I noticed construction work taking place about (insert distance) from our apartment. Work consisted of (insert concerns such as dust and noise disturbance/ machinery being used such as diggers, jackhammers, drilling etc.)
I attempted to locate our rep to complain about the work but were unable to find her. We called the emergency number to request a change of hotels and were informed that somebody would meet us at 4.00 pm that day.
I met the representative at that time but we were told that the resort was full so we had to put with the disturbance for the remainder of the holiday. We did not have enough money to move to an alternative hotel.
Problems with the Buffet Restaurant.
We booked and budgeted for an all-inclusive hotel because we had heard horrendous reports about people contracting food poisoning at the local restaurants that had not been properly safety checked. Your rep even told us not to risk eating out.
However, the service we received was appalling (insert concerns here – extensive queues at the buffet/ food running out quickly/ the same food being served for lunch and dinner etc.]
We also felt there were significant concerns about the hygiene at the hotel buffet [insert concerns here – birds pecking away at the buffet food/ raw chicken being served at the hotel barbeque/ hot food served lukewarm etc.].
It is a wonder that none of us ended up with food poisoning at the hotel. Obviously the whole experience had a negative effect on our holiday and we did not really enjoy our food.
Advertised Facilities not Available
The description of the hotel on your website promised a range of restaurants including a Mexican, Chinese and Fish restaurant. When we asked about these restaurants at the hotel reception , we were informed that the Mexican and Chinese Restaurant were close and the fish restaurant was fully booked for the duration of our stay.
Also, the children’s pool was out of action for the duration of the second week of our holiday with no explanation. When we complained to our rep, all she did was tell us to use the shallow end of the adult pool
I understand that my family and I are entitled to compensation for loss of enjoyment from the holiday and a refund of a proportion of the holiday that was ruined. The holiday was not a total write off because we were able to relax a little. However, we were all bitterly disappointed with our experience.
For loss of enjoyment, we feel that we should be entitled to £30.00 per person per day for each date for the 7 nights that my family of 3 were present for which comes to £630.00.
For loss of value from the holiday more than half the holiday was ruined but for the sake of a quick resolution, we will accept a fifty per cent refund of the cost of the holiday which comes to £750.00.
If I do not hear from you within 28 days with a cheque to the value of £1380.00 we will take this matter further through ABTA or the small claims court.
I look forward to hearing from you. Yours faithfully
[Insert name and address/ telephone number/ email address here]
If you sustained an accident or illness on holiday, the chances are that you can claim a lot more compensation than standard complaints about building work etc. If you suffered from food poisoning on holiday or an injury at a your hotel, please contact us today for a free consultation or email us at email@example.com