Business General Agreement
SWIFT TRAVEL GENERAL AGREEMENT FOR TRAVEL MANAGEMENT SERVICES AGREEMENT FOR TRAVEL MANAGEMENT SERVICES
(i) Swift Travel, with registered address at 199A high road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4LF (“us”, “we”, “our”); and
(ii) The company or other entity named in the account form or in any quote, invoice or receipt provided by us referencing these terms and conditions (“you”, “your”).
This Agreement commences on the date we accept your account application or the date you place a booking through us (whichever occurs sooner) and shall continue for the duration of time we provide travel management services to you.
This Agreement is non-exclusive and there is no minimum financial commitment.
UNDERSTANDING THIS AGREEMENT
The provider of your travel service will have its own terms and conditions (such as airline conditions of carriage or accommodation or car hire terms). Certain such terms and conditions (including limitations of liability) apply to any travel service booked pursuant to this Agreement and, accordingly, a reference to “this Agreement” shall mean (i) the terms and conditions set out herein; (ii) Swift Travel data processing statement (see below); (iii) the terms and conditions set out in your account approval letter (if applicable); certain terms and conditions of any provider of your travel services. To the extent of any inconsistency between a travel service provider’s terms and conditions and the terms and conditions set out herein, the travel service provider’s terms and conditions may prevail, save to the extent that any provision in the travel service provider’s terms and conditions is deemed to be invalid or unenforceable
For the purposes of Directive (EU) 2015/2302 on package travel and linked travel arrangements, the parties agree that this Agreement is a general agreement for the arrangement of business travel.
Where we provide you with a quote for a scheduled airline ticket, the price shall be valid until close of business on the day of the quote or such shorter time we may specify (excluding airline taxes, which are subject to change and may be re-quoted at the time your booking is confirmed). In all other cases, prices are subject to availability and can be withdrawn or changed without notice. Price changes may occur by reason of matters outside our control which increase the cost of the product or service. Such factors include adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases. Please contact us for up to date prices.
Corporate credit card payments will be taken at time of booking/invoicing and will incur merchant fees. You authorise us to charge all fees incurred by you in relation to the services provided to the card designated by you. If payment is not received from the card issuer or its agents for any reason, you agree to pay us all amounts due immediately on demand. You indemnify us against any loss that may be experienced by us due to any fraudulent use or otherwise of that credit card. Please note that we are unable to accept payment by consumer credit cards.
Credit accounts We will provide an invoice for each service at the time of booking, or as otherwise requested by you. For your convenience, we also provide account statements for all travel in each billing period. You authorise us to conduct credit checks and references prior to approving your credit account. Credit accounts may be settled by direct debit or bank transfer. We may charge statutory interest and compensation for debt recovery costs under late payment legislation for all overdue amounts.
AMENDMENT AND CANCELLATION FEES
Cancelled bookings may incur charges. These charges can be up to 100% of the cost of the booking, regardless of whether travel has commenced. Fees and extra charges may also apply where a booking is changed and when tickets or documents are re-issued. Where we incur any liability for a travel service provider cancellation fee or charge for any booking which you cancel, you agree to indemnify us for the amount of that fee or charge. Where you seek a refund for a cancelled booking for which payment has been made to the travel service provider, we will not provide a refund to you until we receive the funds from that travel service provider.
If you have purchased a return flight, multi-stop or round the world flight and you do not check in on a confirmed flight, the airline will register you as a ‘no show’ and your tickets on your subsequent flights will be cancelled. Please contact us as soon as possible if you do not intend to check-in for a confirmed reservation in these circumstances.
PASSPORTS & VISAS
All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return. Some countries also require a machine-readable passport and/or unstamped available pages. When assisting with an international travel booking, we will assume that all travellers on the booking have a valid passport. If this is not the case, you must let us know. It is important to ensure you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments, delay or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility (except to the extent caused by fault on our part).
If you need information regarding visas, passports and other travel document requirements for your trip, please contact us. We can provide you with general information on visa and passport requirements that apply to international travel bookings you make with us. We can also obtain more specific information from an external visa advisory service provider on your behalf (if you wish, we can obtain visas for you through this external service and fees will apply). We do not warrant the accuracy of visa and passport information provided by any external service and accept no liability for any loss or damage which you may suffer in reliance on it (except to the extent caused by fault on our part).
For travel to Australia, Canada or the United States please be advised that there are compulsory pre-registration requirements for visa waiver programs. If you have registered before, please check your registration is valid and has not lapsed. Please note, you may not meet the eligibility requirements and may be required to obtain a visa.
For all travel we strongly recommend that you take out appropriate travel insurance to cover your travel arrangements. Travel insurance is also recommended by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for all overseas travel. It is your responsibility to ensure you have valid travel insurance that covers and is appropriate for your needs. We will not be liable for any loss you incur if and insofar as you are able to claim for damages under a travel insurance policy. We can arrange travel insurance for you or provide you with a quote or general information about the travel insurance options available to you.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit may have issued information about your travel destination. We strongly advise you go to fco.gov.uk to find out more about your destination prior to the commencement of travel. Alternatively, you can contact ABTA Information Department on 0203 117 0599.
You must ensure that you are aware of any health requirements and recommended precautions relevant to your travel and ensure that you carry all necessary vaccination documentation. In some cases, failure to present required vaccination documentation (e.g. proof of Yellow Fever vaccination) may deny you entry into a country or invalidate your travel insurance cover. We recommend that you consult with your local doctor, travel medical service or specialist vaccination clinic before commencing your travel. We would be happy to provide you details of travel clinics on request.
When you make a booking with us, you acknowledge and agree that we will be acting as an agent only for the relevant transport, accommodation or other travel service provider. Our obligation to you is to (and you expressly authorise us to) make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. The travel service provider, and not Swift Travel, will be responsible to you for the provision of the relevant travel service. Any services we provide to you are collateral to our agency relationship with the travel service provider and are separate to the actual provision of the travel services. Your legal recourse for travel services is against the specific travel service provider and, except to the extent a problem is caused by fault on our part, not against us. Specifically, if for any reason (excluding fault on our part), any travel service provider is unable to provide the travel services for which you have contracted, your remedy lies against the travel service provider and not with us.
We exercise care in the selection of reputable travel service providers but we are not ourselves a provider of travel services and have no control over, or liability for, the services provided by third parties. We are responsible to ensure that we process your booking with reasonable skill and care and, accordingly, our liability to you (except for fraud, or death or personal injury caused by our negligence) will be limited to supplying the relevant service again or paying the cost of having the relevant service supplied again. Our liability will also be limited to the extent that any relevant international conventions, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, limit the amount of compensation which can be claimed for death, injury, or delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. In no event do we accept any liability in contract, tort or otherwise, for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expense or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by the acts, omissions or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of third party providers over whom we have no direct control, force majeure or any other event which is beyond our control or which is not preventable by reasonable diligence on our part. We also do not accept any liability in contract, tort or otherwise, for consequential loss (meaning indirect loss, loss of revenue, loss of reputation, loss of profits, loss of actual or anticipated savings, lost opportunities, including opportunities to enter into arrangements with third parties or loss or damage in connection with claims against you by third parties) howsoever caused in connection with your booking.
Please speak to us about any special requirements you may have for your travel arrangements such as special meal and seating requests, room type or access. Please understand that travel service providers may not be able to accommodate every request.
Travel documents include airline tickets, hotel vouchers, tour vouchers or any other document (whether in electronic form or otherwise) used to confirm an arrangement with a travel service provider. Travel documents may be subject to certain conditions and/or restrictions including (without limitation) being non-refundable, non-date-changeable, non-transferable and subject to cancellation and/or amendment fees. Travel documents cannot be transferred to another person to use. All airline tickets must be issued in the name of the passport/photo identity holder. An incorrect name on a booking or on the travel documents may result in an inability to travel on that booking and the booking being cancelled. Please review your travel documentation carefully and advise us immediately of any errors in names, dates and timings. You must ensure you have all your travel documents and e-tickets prior to travel. Please let us know if you believe you have not received any required documentation. Please also note that bookings we make on your behalf for corporate travel are not protected under the ATOL scheme. A flight described on your travel documents and/or itinerary as “direct” will not necessarily be nonstop. All departure/arrival times are provided by the airlines concerned and are estimates only. They may change due to air traffic control restrictions, weather conditions and operational requirements.
THIRD PARTY RIGHTS
A person who is not a party to this Agreement shall have no rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of this Agreement. This paragraph does not affect any right or remedy of any person which exists or is available otherwise than pursuant to that Act.
ANTI-BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION
Each party shall comply, and shall ensure that each of its employees, officers, directors, contractors and agents complies with all applicable laws, regulations, codes and sanctions, including but not limited to anti-bribery and corruption, foreign corrupt practices, anti-terrorism and anti-slavery laws and specifically the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Australia), the Bribery Act 2010 (UK), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 1977 (USA), the Criminal Finances Act 2017 (UK) and the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (UK). Neither party shall engage in any course of conduct that would cause the other party to be in violation of the laws of any jurisdiction, including, without limitation, the laws, regulations, codesand sanctions referred to in this clause. Each party shall ensure that it has in place and maintains policies and procedures adequate to prevent bribery and corruption, foreign corrupt practices, terrorism, slavery and human trafficking and to ensure compliance with the applicable laws, regulations, codes and sanctions referred to in this clause. Each party shall, and shall ensure that each of its employees, officers, directors, contractors and agents shall uphold the highest standards of business ethics and conduct, and undertake not to give or receive any advantage that could be perceived as payment or receipt of a bribe, not to make facilitation payments, not to bribe a foreign public official, and not to engage in slavery or human trafficking.
From time to time it may be necessary for us to amend this Agreement. You agree that we may make changes to this Agreement at any time and for any reason. Each time a material change is made to this Agreement by us we will provide a copy of the updated Agreement to you. It is your obligation to check the updated Agreement. If you continue to receive services from us then you agree that you are deemed to have accepted the updated Agreement.
If any dispute arises in relation to this Agreement, the laws of England will apply. You irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and waive any right that you may have to object to an action being brought in those courts. Any provision (or part of any provision) of this Agreement which is invalid in any jurisdiction is invalid in that jurisdiction to that extent, without invalidating or affecting the remaining provisions (or part provision) or the validity of that provision in any other jurisdiction.
EU COMMUNITY LIST
We bring to your attention the existence of a ‘Community List’, which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community List is available for inspection at ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/safety/air-ban/index_en.htm. July 2018