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Terms & Conditions

By using the services of Christina Gales d/b/a Christina Gales Travel (“CGT”), you are signifying your agreement with the following terms and conditions, on behalf of yourself and all members of your traveling party.

 

USE OF OUR SERVICES, ACCESS AND INFORMATION FOR TRAVEL BOOKINGS


 

You warrant that you are at least 18 years of age and possess the legal authority to enter into this Agreement and to make travel bookings with CGT. You agree to be financially responsible for all travel bookings you make with us, whether made on behalf of yourself or for other members of your traveling party. You warrant that all information supplied by you on behalf of yourself, members of your household, or others for whom you are authorized to transact business with us is true and accurate. 

 

You agree that you will only make legitimate reservations or purchases with CGT and its Suppliers, and you acknowledge that, without limitation, any speculative, false, or fraudulent reservation is prohibited.

 

CGT is an Independent Contractor of Fora Travel, Inc., 228 Park Ave South #53272, New York, NY 10003-1502. 

 

PLEASE CHECK YOUR BOOKING DOCUMENTS

Please check your documents when you receive them.  You agree to review your itinerary and other travel documents for accuracy and to inform us within twenty-four (24)  hours  of any issues. The names on your documents must match your government-issued ID.  If you have not notified us of any errors within 24 hours, CGT bears no responsibility for any additional costs or penalties incurred while making necessary corrections. 

AGENT FOR SUPPLIERS

CGT acts as a sales agent on behalf of any airline, hotel, car-rental company, tour operator, cruise line, or other service provider named in your itinerary or confirmation (“Suppliers”).  We are not responsible for the acts or omissions of the Suppliers or their failure to adhere to their own schedules, provide services or refunds, financial default, or failure to honor future trip credits. 

You acknowledge that your travel plans may be interrupted or canceled by the Supplier, a government entity, or other third party over which we have no control. You further acknowledge that the Supplier's own cancellation, rebooking and refund policies, subject to any applicable law that is now or may later be in effect, will govern your rights and remedies, including your right to receive a refund. We have no special knowledge regarding the financial condition of the Suppliers and no liability for recommending a trip credit in lieu of a refund.

 

INDEPENDENT TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

CGT is not liable or responsible for any arrangements made independently of CGT. CGT assumes no responsibility for costs or fees you incur for independent arrangements not booked through CGT, inclusive of, but not limited to, airline, hotel, excursion, and travel protection related charges. If you make your own flight arrangements, CGT is not responsible for any loss resulting from cancellation or changes in international gateways, itineraries, or travel dates, and cannot assist you with any schedule changes or delays related to air reservations you have made on your own arrangement. It may not be possible to earn frequent flier or other loyalty points for reservations on your itinerary. With limited exceptions, hotel and airline rewards or points cannot be redeemed for travel arrangements made by CGT.



 

RISKS OF TRAVEL

 

Travel to certain destinations may involve greater risk than others. CGT urges Clients to remain informed on a daily basis as to current news events, as well as to review travel prohibitions, warnings, announcements and advisories issued by the United States Government prior to booking travel to international destinations. Information on health and safety conditions in various countries and the level of risk associated with travel to particular international destinations can be found at http://www.state.gov, http://www.tsa.gov, http://www.dot.gov, http://www.faa.gov, http://www.cdc.gov, and http://www.cbp.gov

We assume no responsibility for and shall not be liable for the acts or omissions on the part of any other party not under our control or any acts of God, unsafe conditions, terrorism, health hazards including pandemics, illness, weather hazards, or the suitability for a disabled person of any portion of any trip. We have no special knowledge of dangers during travel or at destinations. 

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. Registration is recommended and provided by going to https://step.state.gov/step/



 

BY OFFERING FOR SALE TRAVEL TO PARTICULAR DESTINATIONS, CGT  DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT TRAVEL TO SUCH POINTS IS ADVISABLE OR WITHOUT RISK, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR COSTS, DAMAGES, OR LOSSES THAT MAY RESULT FROM TRAVEL TO SUCH DESTINATIONS. CLIENT’S PARTICIPATION CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF SUCH EVENTS AT CLIENT’S OWN RISK.



 

AIR TRAVEL, SCHEDULE RECONFIRMATION, CHECK-IN


Your airline ticket is a contract between you and the air carrier, even if you purchase through FIPC. If you purchase air travel through CGT, you acknowledge and agree that CGT does not have the right to control the operations of independent airlines, and agree that CGT is not liable for any personal injury, property damage related to your purchase of air tickets or air travel, including, but not limited to any act, error, omission, injury, loss, accident, or delay caused by any act, error or omission of the airline, including their failure to deliver services, partial or inadequate delivery of services, airline policies including refund or rebooking policies, fees for checked or carry-on luggage, fuel increases, bankruptcy or cessation of operations. 



 

CGT shall not assume any responsibility for any air schedule changes. In rare instances, upon departure from a country, certain departure taxes must be paid in cash only, and may vary in price. Failure to use a reservation may result in automatic cancellation of all continuing and return flights, as well as forfeiture of airfares. 



 

Airline e-tickets expire a year from issue date unless carrier fare rules in passenger’s itinerary fare provide otherwise.

Due to enhanced security, it is strongly recommended that you check in a minimum of 2 hours prior to scheduled departure for domestic flights and 3 hours prior to scheduled departure time for international flights. Reconfirm flight times at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure time for domestic flights, and 72 hours prior for international flights.

Frequent Flier mileage accrual is at the discretion of the airline(s). CGT has no liability if accural of miles or points is denied or if upgrades are not allowed. Many airlines do not permit upgrades on airfare purchased in certain fare classes or when using frequent flier miles, loyalty status or certificates.

Seat assignments are not guaranteed even after they are assigned, and CGT has no control over airline seat assignments. Many q airlines charge a fee to pre book a seat.

 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, PASSPORTS, VISAS AND OTHER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

It is the responsibility of each passenger to obtain proper and valid travel documentation prior to travel. Failure to do so may result in denial of boarding. CGT is not liable for travel delays, cancelations or disruptions as a result of not having proper travel documentation for your destination. 

You must have a passport to travel to another country. International destinations may have additional requirements such as a visa that you must obtain prior to departure. If you are a non­-US citizen, different immigration requirements apply. You are responsible for contacting consulate(s) required. Without proper identification, or passport and necessary visas, you will not be permitted to depart. Call us if you need assistance with passports or visas.

You assume full and complete responsibility for checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry requirements of your destination and your connecting points, and all conditions regarding health, safety, security, political stability, and labor or civil unrest at such destination. Many countries require your passport to be valid for six months or more after your date of entry. Some countries will not admit persons convicted of a crime. Some countries require both parents’ consent for minors to travel.

Each country holds different views of past criminal offenses, whether within or outside of their boundaries. If you have a current or prior criminal offense, contact that country directly for entry and exit requirements. You can visit the US State Department Website for further information about these requirements. See, https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html. We do not inquire about an individual’s criminal record in the interest of respecting our Clients’ privacy. For example, if traveling to or through Canada, individuals with a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) record or with judgements for unpaid child support should review current entry requirements. See: https://www.canada.ca.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

As your travel agent, we have a professional responsibility to recommend the purchase of travel insurance to cover certain risks inherent in travel to protect against THIRD PARTY SUPPLIER DEFAULT/BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION, DELAY, INTERRUPTION, CANCELLATION, MEDICAL EMERGENCY TRANSPORTATION/EVACUATION & REPATRIATION, BAGGAGE & PERSONAL EFFECTS/LOST LUGGAGE & BAGGAGE DELAY, ILLNESS, ACCIDENTAL DEATH AND DISABILITY, TRAVEL ACCIDENT/SICKNESS MEDICAL EXPENSES, AND MORE. PROPER INSURANCE MAY PROTECT YOU FROM FINANCIAL LOSS IN ALMOST ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. By declining appropriate travel insurance, passenger(s) acknowledges and accepts liability for any cancellation penalties, damages and/or out–of-pocket expenses incurred.

If purchasing travel insurance, we urge you to thoroughly read your policy’s confirmation of benefits. This information includes, but is not limited to, details on the extent of coverage and procedures for making a claim. Please note that the travel insurance provider may not be allowed to discuss your claim with CGT due to privacy laws (e.g. HIPAA). Passenger(s) acknowledge and agree that CGT has no control over the travel insurance provider or its coverage decisions, and as a result CGT is not responsible for and shall not be liable for policy coverage, claims processing, or the denial of any claims.

 

LIMITATIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY AND DISCLOSURE


 

CGT  acts solely as a booking agent for disclosed principal Suppliers and is not the source or provider of any travel service. Each Supplier is an independent entity with its own management and is not subject to the control of CGT. The Suppliers whose names appear in travel documentation are those actually responsible for providing the travel services purchased, and you consent to the use of those Suppliers.

 

The Supplier may determine that alterations in itinerary are necessary for any number of reasons, including but not limited to severe weather. Any alterations to an itinerary are at the sole discretion of the Supplier, and CGT bears no responsibility for any changes.

BECAUSE CGT ACTS AS AGENT FOR DISCLOSED PRINCIPAL SUPPLIERS AND DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONTROL THE OPERATIONS OF SUCH INDEPENDENT OPERATORS AND SUPPLIERS, YOU AGREE THAT CGT IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, WHICH MAY ARISE OUT OF THESE SERVICES. FIPC HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LIABILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL OR INDIRECT DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE GOODS OR SERVICES PROVIDED BY ANY PRINCIPAL SUPPLIER BOOKING THROUGH CGT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LIABILITY FOR ANY ACT, ERROR, OMISSION, INJURY, LOSS, ACCIDENT, DELAY OR IRREGULARITY WHICH MAY BE INCURRED THROUGH THE FAULT, NEGLIGENCE, WILLFUL ACTS, OMISSIONS OR OTHERWISE OF SUCH SUPPLIER, OR OF ANY SUPPLIER OR THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SERVANTS, OR REPRESENTATIVES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THEIR FAILURE T0 DELIVER 0R THEIR PARTIAL OR INADEQUATE DELIVERY OF SERVICES, THEIR CANCELLATlON AND REFUND POLICIES, FUEL INCREASES, BANKRUPTCY, OR CESSATION OF OPERATIONS AND OTHER MATTERS OUTSIDE OF FIPC’S CONTROL, AND YOU HEREBY EXONERATE FIPC FROM ANY LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THE SAME. CGT HAS SOLELY RECEIVED COMMISSION AND FEES FOR TRAVEL TRANSACTIONS AND CLIENT AGREES AND UNDERSTANDS THAT ANY RECOVERY FROM CGT WILL BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT OF COMMISSION AND FEES ACTUALLY RECEIVED BY CGT.


 

RIGHT TO CORRECT ERRORS AND OFFERS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY


 

We reserve the right to correct errors. In the event of any pricing error or omission, we reserve the right to adjust such pricing or make any other corrections. All offers, incentives and Supplier promotions are subject to availability and may change without notice. You are advised to confirm reservations well in advance of your anticipated dates of travel to avoid disappointment, increases in fares and additional late booking fees. 


 

PAYMENTS, CANCELLATIONS, AND CHANGES TO BOOKINGS


 

You shall be completely responsible for all charges, fees, duties, taxes, and assessments arising out of your travel bookings through CGT. By submitting a credit card authorization form to CGT, you agree to allow CGT to use your payment method to purchase travel products from our Suppliers on your behalf. 

 

EXCEPTING IN CASES 0F FRAUD, YOU AGREE NOT T0 FILE ANY DISPUTE WITH YOUR BANK OR CREDIT CARD COMPANY TO AVOID OR VIOLATE ANY BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF FIPC OR ITS SUPPLIERS, INCLUDING CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES OF ITINERARY OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR REASONS BEYOND THE CONTROL OF FIPC OR ITS SUPPLIERS. IF YOU ATTEMPT TO CHARGEBACK, REVERSE OR RECOLLECT A PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED TRIP PAYMENT, FIPC RESERVES THE RIGHT TO COLLECT ALL ADDITIONAL COSTS, FEES AND EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH SUCH CHARGEBACK, REVERSAL OR RECOLLECTION, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEY FEES.



 

All payments for travel are due prior to departure according to each Supplier’s terms and conditions of booking. Suppliers may require non-US travelers to make payments in United States Dollars, when making arrangements through CGT. You understand that failure to make final payment or any violation of a Supplier’s conditions of purchase may result in cancellation of your reservations, in your being denied access to any flights, tours, hotels, cruises, or other travel services, or in your forfeiting any monies paid for your reservations. In some cases, there is NO REFUND once a booking is made and under deposit. You may not be entitled to a refund if you change or cancel your travel plans after confirmation of a booking. 

 

All cancellation requests must be sent to CGT in writing. As a result of cancellation or changes to confirmed bookings, CGT’s and third-party Supplier’s cancellation penalties will apply. Cancellation fees will be charged to the credit card or other payment method you authorized to pay for travel services or deducted from the Supplier’s refund. 



 

If you decide to change any portion of your confirmed arrangements prior to departure or during your trip, we will attempt to assist you. Certain bookings may not be able to be changed, and you will be responsible for any increases in cost imposed by the Supplier, as well as any CGT or Supplier change fees. All requests for changes to a booking must be made in writing to CGT. When tour, cruise or package prices are based on Suppliers’ contract rates, you will not be entitled to any refund for any unused portion of travel.

 

FORCE MAJEURE


 

CGT will not be in breach of these terms and conditions or otherwise be liable to you, for any failure or delay in performing an obligation under this Agreement that is due to any of the following causes, to the extent beyond its reasonable control: acts of God, accident, riots, war, terrorist act, epidemic, pandemic, quarantine, civil commotion, breakdown of communication facilities, including web host and internet service provider, breakdown or malfunction of equipment, destruction of or serious damage to facilities, natural catastrophes including, but not limited to extreme weather events, floods and volcanic eruptions, governmental acts or omissions, changes in laws or regulations, national strikes, fire, explosion, generalized lack of availability of raw materials or energy, and any other unforeseen circumstance which is beyond the control of CGT. THE PURCHASE OF TRAVEL INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ON ALL TRIPS. 

In addition, each of CGT’s Suppliers have terms and conditions which include Force Majeure provisions. In the event that a Force Majeure event occurs, those Suppliers may be entitled to, and may in their sole and absolute discretion, vary, postpone or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation to the trip. Payment of any refund to you as a result of the non-performance of any obligations hereunder shall remain in the sole and absolute discretion of the Supplier pursuant to their policies, although CGT shall use its reasonable efforts to secure reimbursement for you where possible.

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