Finally the holidays: be an informed traveler

Unexpected and small glitches will not spoil your vacation! If necessary, react quickly by following the advice of our specialist.

Listed for a trekking in Corsica, the agency just warned me that the program has changed, do I have the right to cancel?

Yes. As soon as the agency has informed you of the changes, you have 7 days to cancel your stay and get your money back. If the agency refuses the refund, you can go to the district court that you depend on (it's free).

The booked stay provided air-conditioned accommodation, but the air conditioning did not work, can I ask for compensation?

Yes. On your return, send a registered letter with AR to the lessor or his representative to inform him and ask him for a commercial arrangement. Without forgetting to provide proof: the document that specified this service, testimonies (of neighbors, for example) or photos of the defective device. On site (in France), you can also seize the DGCCRF rental location for misleading advertising.

I spotted a travel offer on the net, but the identity of the airline is not mentioned, is it legal?

No. The consumer must be informed of the identity of the air carrier. Be aware, however, that the service provider (the agency or the tour operator) is authorized to communicate only a list comprising a maximum of 5 contractual carriers to which he undertakes to resort. This information must be confirmed no later than 8 days before the date of the trip, or at the time of the contract if it is concluded less than 8 days before departure.

Arriving at my vacation spot, I waited 48 hours to get my luggage, while I had them registered in due form, can I claim compensation?

Yes. According to the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions, the carrier is liable for damage resulting from delays in passengers, baggage or cargo. You must make a claim by registered letter with AR at the ticket office of the company, no later than 21 days after the date on which the baggage should have arrived. The compensation can go up to 1200 euros for a delay of luggage, but it is necessary to be able to justify the prejudices undergone (program of the stay questioned, purchase of a change of clothes, of toiletries, etc.).

Useful links and addresses

The district court the closest to you: www.justice.gouv.fr

The blacklist of airlines which combines official blacklists and journalistic data: www.listenoire.fr

The French Association of Air Transport Users(AFUTA)
28 rue Desaix
75015 Paris
Tel: 01 45 67 22 89

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