The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) is warning England fans
about buying World Cup tickets through unofficial channels as World Cup
fever heats up.
“The only way football fans can be 100% sure that they will get the tickets
they pay for is if they book tickets through the official FIFA or FA
channels, or by buying a hospitality package with an official third party
agent. Booking through brokers can be hazardous as FIFA can injunct these
companies, prevent them from selling on the tickets and this can result in
disappointment,” said Keith Betton, ABTA’s Head of Corporate Affairs.
However, customers are guaranteed to get what they booked if they use one of
the four UK-based ABTA members who have been appointed official third party
agents for hospitality packages. These are: ATP International
Mike Burton Sports Travel, Sportsworld and Thomas Cook Sport.
Customers can choose from a number of
options, including ‘Follow your Team’ package, a
venue-based package or a single match package at
whatever venue you choose. Groups for this type of booking are limited.
Demand for tickets and travel to Germany before and during the tournament
is expected to be high as the history between England and Germany is renowned and
venues relatively easy to get to. As a result, 100,000 Brits are expected to
head to the tournament, and flight and room prices will be accordingly high.
ABTA advises to book early and to consider all the options.
ABTA also reminds fans to make sure they have the free European Health
Insurance Card (EHIC), which replaced the E111 (which entitles holders to
free emergency medical treatment) as well as comprehensive travel and
England’s group games will be held in Frankfurt, Nuremburg and Cologne - all
of which are fascinating cities. Frankfurt is the financial capital of
Germany and its affluence is reflected in the city’s buildings. Nuremburg is
a beautiful medieval town situated in the heart of the wine growing area of
Bavaria, while Cologne is one of the high spots of any trip to Germany with
stunning churches and historic buildings and some of Europe’s best