Terms & Conditions

 MERIDIAN TRAVEL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Agreement
This document contains the terms and conditions of the agreement between the person making the booking (“Purchaser”) and Meridian Travel. Before making a booking, the Purchaser must read these terms and conditions carefully. By making a booking, the Purchaser agrees that he/she/it has read and understood the terms and conditions and agrees to be legally bound by this agreement. The Purchaser further warrants that he/she/it is over 18 years of age and is fully and properly authorised to make travel arrangements for and on behalf of all passengers included in the booking (“Passengers”). Making a booking with Meridian Travel, through this website or otherwise, denotes the Purchaser’s acceptance of these terms and conditions. The terms and conditions are subject to change by Meridian Travel from time to time.

Agency Arrangements
Meridian Travel carries out travel agency services and in doing so acts as an agent on behalf of third party suppliers including without limitation Meridian Travel operators, airlines and transportation, hotels, accommodation and tour providers (“Suppliers”).
As an agent of the Supplier, Meridian Travel may make travel bookings and arrange for the provisions of services and products, any relevant documentation and payments to enable the Supplier to provide its goods and services to the Purchaser.
All Suppliers have their own terms and conditions for each product and service provided to the Purchaser that will become binding on the Purchaser when a booking is made. Meridian Travel strongly recommends that the Purchaser reads and understands the Supplier’s terms and conditions before making a booking. Meridian Travel can provide copies of the relevant terms and conditions to the Purchaser upon request.
Meridian Travel takes no responsibility for or gives any warranties in relation to any services or products booked with any Suppliers. The Purchaser’s legal rights in connection with the provision of the Supplier’s products and services are against the relevant Supplier and not Meridian Travel, unless the problem is caused by a negligent act of Meridian Travel.

Making a Booking
A booking may be made online or in the office. To make a booking the Purchaser must:
(i) agree to the travel arrangements proposed by Meridian Travel;
(ii) pay the deposit requested by Meridian Travel within the time stipulated; and
(iii) provide Meridian Travel with a fully and properly completed booking form in which the Purchaser expressly signifies his/her/its agreement to these terms and conditions.

Meridian Travel will then provide written confirmation of the booking to the Purchaser. Upon completion of the booking procedure, the terms and conditions become binding on the Purchaser. If a deposit or final payment are not paid and cleared by the payment due date or the booking form is not fully and properly completed by the Purchaser, then Meridian Travel reserves the right to cancel any booking without notice to the Purchaser.

Payment
Payments can be made to Meridian Travel in person, by phone or fax and by the following options.
Payment by cash
To our office.
Payment by personal cheque
Payable to Meridian Travel. Payment by personal cheque will not be accepted within 10 business days of the payment due date.

Bank cheque
Payable to Meridian Travel. Payment by bank cheque will not be accepted within 5 business days of the payment due date.
Credit card
Meridian Travel will accept payment by credit card including Visa, MasterCard, Bank Card, or American Express which will attract the following fees:
Card type and Fees (including GST)
VISA/MASTERCARD – 1.45%
VISA/MASTERCARD DEBIT – 1.45%
AMEX – 2.20%
DINERS – 2.75%

If paying by credit card please provide the relevant details to one our Consultants as soon as possible so that they can be passed on to the relevant Supplier of the travel arrangements for direct invoicing an charging by them.

Electronic Funds Transfer
EFT payments can be made into the following account:

Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation | Account Name: Meridian Travel  BSB: 033 077 | Account number: 203 800 | Reference: Your surname
EFT payments normally take 24-48 hours and must be cleared prior to the payment due date.
BPAY Payments by Bpay may take up to 3 business days to process and must be cleared prior t o the payment due date. Please notify one our consultants if making a payment by this process.
eWay Payments by eWay may take up to 1 business day to process and must be cleared prior to the payment due date. Please notify one our consultants if making a payment by this process. Credit card fees as stipulated above will apply.

Availability
The services and products offered by Meridian Travel are subject to availability. Advertised fares may change without notice and Meridian Travel has absolute discretion to decline any booking.

Price
After the travel booking is completed and confirmed, the price of the travel arrangements may change by reason of alterations to government taxes and charges, exchange and currency rates, fuel prices, price rises by Suppliers and other costs associated with the travel arrangements that are beyond the control of Meridian Travel. The price of the travel arrangements remains subject to these changes until final payment of the total price of the travel arrangements is received by Meridian Travel. The Purchaser may request an updated price from Meridian Travel at any time prior to the final payment of the booking.

All items included in the price of the travel arrangements are set out in the quote prepared by Meridian Travel. Unless otherwise specified, the price does not (unless specified otherwise) include local airport taxes, passport and visa charges, local travel charges, vaccination fees, any items of a personal nature such as taxis, phone calls or mobile charges, internet fees, postage, drinks, room service or meals, laundry, personal and baggage, insurance, excess baggage charges and gratuities, travel insurance or any other items not specified.
Meridian Travel reserves the right to modify or withdraw published rates and fares at any time without notice.

Currency and GST
All rates, prices, charges and taxes are quoted in Australian dollars and are inclusive of GST unless otherwise noted, and are therefore valid in Australia only. Meridian Travel cannot accept online bookings from customers outside of Australia. Please contact our office by email or telephone if you wish to book from outside Australia.

Please note that international Meridian Travel are exempt from GST.

Cancellation
Cancellation of all or part of the travel arrangements can only be made by the Purchaser in writing together with the return of all documentation, tickets, vouchers and other paperwork issued by Meridian Travel plus any other document or other material specifically requested by Meridian Travel.

If the booking is cancelled before payment of a deposit, then no cancellation fee applies.

If the booking is cancelled after the booking is completed, then the deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. If the booking is cancelled after the final payment has been paid to Meridian Travel, the full amount of the deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable and, in addition, Meridian Travel will be entitled to payment by the Purchaser of a cancellation fee of 10% of the total price of the travel arrangements. This fee may be deducted from any refund, if any, payable by Meridian Travel or a Supplier to the Purchaser.

Additional cancellation fees and charges may be payable by the Purchaser in accordance with the terms and conditions of a Supplier. The Supplier’s charges may be up to 100% of the amounts paid by the Purchaser and the total charges may exceed the amount paid in some circumstances. If the cancellation charges exceed the amounts paid by the Purchaser to Meridian Travel, then the Purchaser hereby indemnifies Meridian Travel for any amount demanded by the Supplier. A refund from a Supplier, if any, may take many months to be processed by the Supplier and Meridian Travel is not responsible for any loss or damage resulting to the Purchaser or Passengers as a result of any such delay. Meridian Travel is not liable to complete the refund until it has received the relevant funds from the Supplier andall outstanding cancellation fees or other payments have been paid by the Purchaser to Meridian Travel.

No refunds will be made for cancellations notified to Meridian Travel after travel has commenced including any refunds in respect of any tours, accommodation, meals or any other services not utilised by reason of the cancellation or otherwise.

In the event of a cancellation, you may have refund and remedy rights under the Competition and Consumer Act (Cth) 2010 (“Act”) and the charges and fees referred to in this paragraph are subject to those rights and remedies.

Refunds will be made by company cheque or direct deposit but not in cash.

Changes to Travel Arrangements
If any changes are made to the booking by a Supplier or otherwise for reasons beyond the control of Meridian Travel (e.g. Meridian Travel schedule changes or overbooking) and result in a lesser standard of accommodation or inability to travel on an alternative date, the Purchaser may ask Meridian Travel to change the travel arrangements or to cancel the bookingsubject to any amendment or cancellation fees that may apply.

From time to time, but only where necessary, Meridian Travel reserves the right to alter departures dates or times, itineraries or Suppliers with other arrangements or Suppliers of at least a similar standard. Meridian Travel will do so in consultation with the Passenger [or purchaser] to ensure that any new arrangements are satisfactory to the Purchaser.

Booking Amendment Fees
Any request to amend a booking must be made by the Purchaser. Where an amendment to a booking is permitted by a Supplier, then Meridian Travel will be entitled to a charge of $44.00 per person. The amendment may also incur additional charges by the Supplier.

Cabin requirements
If the Purchaser wishes to book a specific cabin, then a request for a specific cabin number must be provided to Meridian Travel when the booking is made. By requesting a specific cabin number, the Purchaser will not be eligible for a complimentary upgrade to a higher priced room.

If a booking is made and a specific cabin number is not selected, a cabin will be allocated at the discretion of the Supplier and in the category booked (or a higher priced category for which no additional charge applies).

Meridian Travel has no control over cabin allocations. Meridian Travel does not guarantee cabin allocation, even when specifically requested, although this may be guaranteed by the Supplier if the relevant request information is provided. Meridian Travel will not be liable to the Purchaser in relation to any matter associated with cabin allocation.

Airfares and Hotels
If air travel is required as a part of the Meridian Travel booking, airfares booked by Meridian Travel will be subject to availability and may be subject to special conditions required by the relevant airline or hotel. The Purchaser must ensure that he/she/it is aware of and accepts any special conditions prior to confirming the air travel and hotel bookings. The Purchaser will be deemed to have accepted the specific terms and conditions of the airline and/or hotel by making the booking.

Frequent Flyer Programs
When booking, please provide Meridian Travel with membership details of any Frequent Flyer reward programs to ensure consideration may be given to the relevant reward program (where appropriate). It is the Purchaser’s responsibility to check whether the flights proposed by Meridian Travel will earn reward points with the airline. Some discounted fares may not be eligible. Always retain your boarding passes for proof of flights. Meridian Travel does not take any responsibility for lost or unissued Frequent Flyer points and does not guarantee that rewards relating to any program will apply to the travel arrangements that it makes.

Disclosure of Travel Arrangements
In the event that an accident, disaster or emergency is reported to have occurred in a country in which the Purchaser or Passengers will or may be travelling or in relation to a Meridian Travel vessel, aircraft or other transportation, the Purchaser hereby authorises Meridian Travel to disclose to the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, details of the itinerary of the Purchaser and members of the Purchaser’s travelling party (including without limitation, transport and accommodation arrangements) and all relevant contact details within Australia and overseas.

Limitations of Liability
To the extent permitted by law, Meridian Travel nor any of their related bodies corporate, directors, employees or agents accepts any liability for:

(i) any loss or damage (including specific, direct, indirect, consequential, economic loss, incidentaldamages, loss of profits or savings or damages for disappointment) suffered in connection with any injury, damage, death, accident, loss, delays, additional expenses or inconvenience, sickness, acts or omissions, or defaults by Suppliers whether as a result of negligence, breach of contract or misrepresentation, use of this website, disruption to the website, mechanical failures, quarantine, weather, terrorism, re-routing, re-scheduling or act of any government authority, act of nature, force majeure or any matters over which Meridian Travel have no control or which are not preventable by the reasonable actions of Meridian Travel.

(ii) any loss or damage which is indirect, consequential or economic loss, incidental damage, loss of profits or savings or damages for disappointment suffered as a result of the travel agency services provided by Meridian Travel in relation to the Purchaser which are not excluded under clause (i).

The liability of Meridian Travel will also be limited by the application of any relevant international conventions including, without limitation, conventions relating to air, sea and train travel and accommodation.

The Purchaser and the Passengers have rights under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (“Act”) and the limitations expressed in this clause are subject to and not intended to exclude or restrict the rights or consumer guarantees under the Act. Under circumstances where the liability of Meridian Travel cannot be excluded and where liability may be lawfully limited, such liability is limited to the remedies required by all applicable laws including the Australian Consumer Law.

All information on this website and otherwise provided to the Purchaser relating to the products and services of a Supplier is provided by the Supplier or other independent third parties. Meridian Travel is not responsible for and makes no warranties or representations about such information including the standard, class, or description of accommodation or services provided by Suppliers.

Passenger Names
For all international travel, the Purchaser must enter or supply Meridian Travel with the correct details of the Purchaser and each Passenger, including their name, nationality and date of birth, as shown on their passport.

For all domestic travel, the Purchaser must enter or supply Meridian Travel with the correct details of each Passenger as shown on a valid drivers’ licence or other form of accepted government issued identification.

Airlines and many travel suppliers reserve the right to deny carriage if a passenger’s name or date of birth vary from the relevant identification documentation. Meridian Travel will not be liable for any costs or expenses incurred by the Purchaser or Passengers resulting from the incorrect spelling of passenger names or other incorrect details provided by the Purchaser or the Passengers.

Travel Documentation
Please note that the Purchaser and the Passengers are responsible to ensure the adequacy of all passport, visa or health requirements of the countries of the intended travel.

Passports
All individuals departing from Australia and visiting any foreign country or port must be in possession of a valid passport. Passport validity must be at least six (6) months after the return date to Australia. Please provide Global Travel Tours with a copy of the Purchaser’s and each Passenger’s passport at the time of booking.

Visas
Certain countries require a visa for entry prior to arrival. Visas may also be required for countries where a ship visits. Even if you do not intend to disembark the ship, a visa may still be required for that country. The Purchaser and Passengers must check visa requirements and obtain all relevant visas for all countries to be visited prior to departure from Australia.

If the Purchaser or Passengers are not travelling with an Australian passport, they must ensure that they have valid re-entry permits before departure.

If the Purchaser or a Passenger has ever been arrested or found guilty of a criminal offence, then entry to a country or port may be denied. Meridian Travel accepts no responsibility if this information is withheld. Meridian Travel can assist with this matter or the Purchaser or Passenger can contact the embassy of each country to be visited to make arrangements forentry to that country.

Meridian Travel staff can lodge necessary visa applications. Additional costs and charges will apply as set out below.

All visitors travelling to the United States of America travelling under the Visa Waiver Program (including Australian passport holders) must obtain authorisation to travel to the USA by applying online at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. It is recommended that the application is lodged well in advance of the departure date and no later than 72 hours prior to departure. These conditions apply to travelers flying to the USA either as a destination or stop over or as a transit point.

Meridian Travel is not liable for the loss of any documentation by a Supplier, including Australia Post or for any costs associated with any failure by the Purchaser or Passenger to satisfy the entry requirements of any country. Any reissue fees and additional postage fees will be the responsibility of the Purchaser or Passengers.

Travel Insurance
Meridian Travel strongly recommends that comprehensive travel insurance is purchased at the time of the booking in respect to the Purchaser and all Passengers. Travel insurance can protect against an inability to proceed with the travel arrangements for a wide variety of reasons.

The travel insurance policy should include, but not be limited to, coverage of cancellation fees, loss or damage to personal baggage, loss of money, loss of travel documents, medical expenses, additional expenses to cover hotel accommodation and repatriation costs to Australia should services need to be extended or shortened due to illness or other insurable risk.

Meridian Travel is able to provide a quote and copy of a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for travel insurance from one of our recommended travel insurers. Please read the PDS carefully before purchasing the policy. To proceed with the policy, please complete the application form and return it, with payment, to Meridian Travel, which will request the travel insurer to issue the policy. A 14 day cooling off period applies from the date the policy has been issued, after which time the policy becomes non-refundable.

Any pre-existing medical conditions will need to be disclosed to the insurance company prior to purchasing the policy. A surcharge may apply.
Meridian Travel  is not the insurance provider but will simply arrange the travel insurance as requested. Meridian Travel accepts no responsibility for cancellation/refusal of policies and/or any claims made to the insurance provider.
If the Purchaser or Passengers obtain insurance from an alternative supplier, then Meridian Travel requires the Purchaser to sign an insurance declaration waiver prior to releasing the travel documentation.

Meridian Travel can provide assistance in lodging an insurance claim for a policy not purchased through Meridian Travel for a minimum charge of $100 per claim.

Health Requirements
It is the responsibility of the Purchaser and the Passengers to ascertain any health requirements in relation to the travel arrangements and Meridian Travel strongly recommends consulting a doctor prior to departure for advice on the vaccinations. Alternatively, you may contact Travelvax on 1300 360 164 or visit their website at www.travelvax.com.au. Vaccinations may need to be administered well before departure so this should be completed within sufficient time prior to travelling. A doctor’s written verification for any medication or medical equipment needed whilst on holiday should also be obtained and may be required at customs.

Meridian Travel Additional Services
Meridian Travel is able to provide additional expert assistance as detailed below:
Itinerary Planning (Per quotation) – $ 110.00 per person (this fee is redeemable on deposit of booking)
Assistance with Cruise Personaliser – $ 38.50 per person
Assistance with Shore Excursion Reservations – $ 38.50 per person
Assistance with Visas – $120.00 pp per consultate (in additional to visa application charges and lodgement or any other fees to the Consulate or otherwise)
Assistance with ESTA and other online visa waiver applications – $ 28.50 per person (in additional to any visa or other associated charges)

All charges set out above include GST

Additional Information
Meridian Travel is a Travelex representative and can assist with foreign currency and cash passport cards. Please ask one of our consultants to arrange this at the time of booking.

TravelSim Cards can also be purchased through Meridian Travel. TravelSIM works by simply replacing the domestic SIM card with the TravelSIM SIM card when travelling. Speak to the Meridian Travel staff for more information.

Meridian Travel has an in-store travel shop “All Things Travel” which stocks items that you may require for your upcoming trip. Take a look at our products whilst at our office or contact your consultant for further information.

Please visit www.travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au for information on security measures in place at Australian airports to help you clear security checks quickly and easily.

Meridian Travel also recommends that you visit and, if appropriate, register your details with www.smarttraveller.com.au which provides updated travel advice for countries and events.

Special Requirements
Please ensure that all special dietary, seating or other special requirements are notified to Meridian Travel at the time of booking.

Monies Paid to Meridian Travel
All money paid to Meridian Travel (Vic) Pty Ltd will be the property of Meridian Travel (Vic) Pty Ltd and will be a debt due and payable to the Supplier once the services once final payment for the booking has been made. The Purchaser agrees and acknowledges that all money paid to  Meridian will not be held on trust for the Purchaser and that Meridian Travel may hold all such money in any account as it sees fit, including with its own and/or other customer monies.

Governing Law
This agreement is governed by the laws applicable in the State of Victoria. By making a booking the Purchaser and the Passengers hereby consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Victoria in all matters arising out of or in connection with your use of this website and the terms and conditions.

Severability
If a section or part of a section of these terms and conditions is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, then that section or part of that section may be severed with the result that the remaining part of that section and the balance of the terms and conditions will continue in effect.

Privacy Statement
The Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988 requires businesses to comply with the National Privacy Principles (NPPs). Global Travel Tours is committed to the Australian privacy legislation in the way that it collects, uses, secures and discloses personal information. Meridian Travel has therefore developed the Privacy Policy set out below.

The information we collect
We lawfully collect personal information that is necessary for our business to function. The information we collect and hold will depend upon the products or services and services you request from us and may include:

– Information you provide us when you purchase goods or services including your name, address, contact details and credit card details.
– Information derived from communications between us and you.

The use of the facilities and services available through our website will determine the amount and type of information we collect. The only personal information we collect when you use our website is what you tell us about yourself e.g. when you request information or when you send us email.

How we use your information
We use the information we collect for the purpose disclosed at the time of collection, or otherwise as set out in this privacy policy. We will not use your personal information for any other purpose without first seeking your consent, unless authorised or required by law.
Generally we will only use and disclose your personal information:
– To establish and maintain your relationship as a client of Meridian Travel.
– To provide the services you have requested from Meridian Travel and Suppliers.
– To administer and manage those services.
– To answer your enquiry.
– For emailing news and information about services you have shown interest in or new services. If we contact you in this way without obtaining your prior consent, we will provide you with the opportunity to decline any further marketing communications. If you at any time receive any communication from Meridian Travel that you would prefer not to receive, please contact us and we will remove your name from our mailing list.

Access to your personal information
In most cases you can gain access to the personal information that Meridian Travel holds about you, subject to some exceptions allowed by law.

If you would like to check or amend your contact details, please contact Meridian Travel. We will deal with all requests for access to personal information as quickly as possible.

Security
Meridian Travel will take reasonable steps to keep secure any personal information that we hold and to keep this information accurate and up to date. Personal information is stored in a secure server or secure files. However, the internet is not always a secure method of transmitting information. Accordingly, we cannot accept responsibility for the security of information you send to, or receive from us over the internet or for any unauthorised access or use of that information.

Changes to this Privacy
Policy It may be necessary for Meridian Travel to review and revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. An amended version will be posted on our website.

Contact Meridian Travel if you would like any further information, or have any queries, problems or complaints in relation to this Privacy Policy or our information handling practices in general, please contact us.