As one of the necessities for select travel businesses, an Air Travel Organiser’s License (ATOL) can cause a lot of stress, both for your company wallet and your admin team. But it doesn’t have to be that way! As one of only four Franchise ATOL holders in the UK, Protected Trust Services (PTS) provides members with a stress-free and affordable option that means they can dedicate that precious time to the holidays they love instead.  

You may be thinking, “that sounds great, but what does any of that mean?” For members of PTS, that means they can apply for their ATOL directly with PTS, and for a significantly reduced price.  

It also means that the application process is far faster than applying for an independent ATOL. Why? Because, as an ATOL Franchisee, PTS is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and under the Package Travel Regulations to provide licenses with reduced application requirements.  

Specifically, PTS members applying for an ATOL don’t need to provide proof of adequate financial protection, PTS already has this covered with our secure travel trust account system.  

The Franchise holder (known as the Franchisee) will have entered into an agreement with the Air Travel Trust and, as part of this agreement, the CAA can grant an ATOL to a Franchise member on the basis of its Franchise membership, subject to some other tests (see below). Bonds are not required to be provided to the CAA from Franchise ATOL holders as the Franchisee provides guarantees to the CAA instead. Franchisees will typically insist that their members provide protection via another mechanism, please contact the Franchisees for further details. 

The travel trust account is at the core of how PTS provides affordable support without the quality of protection declining. As a transparent, efficient, and incredibly secure method of monetary protection, the trust account can easily display to partners and suppliers, such as the CAA and merchant service and FX providers, that our members are not a large financial undertaking in spite of the inherent risks of working with the travel industry.  

It is because of this trusted protection that we can offer each of our members their ATOL for as little as £853!  

With independent trustees ensuring that neither PTS nor the member has direct access to the money, and an efficient approval system that ensures refunds, payments, and reimbursements can be executed swiftly, PTS provides one of the most trusted financial protection solutions in the UK travel industry.  

Plus, in the case that a PTS member does want an independent ATOL instead of the Franchise ATOL, we also provide in-house expertise and assistance. Our team will help you through the application process with our financial protection ready to back you up and ensure your application goes as smoothly as possible.  

So, if you would like to learn more about how your consumers’ monies are protected with Protected Trust Services (PTS) and how we support excellent travel businesses, check out our pages. Or you can contact the lovely PTS team by calling 0207 190 9988 or emailing us at 

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