TOUR OPERATOR- Student Travel Services, Inc., 1413 Madison Park Drive, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 has arranged
the vacations offered on this website. Student Travel Services, Inc. (STS) acts as tour operator.
PACKAGE PRICE: Package
Price includes items outlined on your Trip Confirmation. Hotels, departure
cities, and departure dates are listed on your Trip Confirmation and are
incorporated in this agreement by reference. Package prices are based
on current rates, and are subject to change at any time prior to departure without notice due to fuel related
increases, changes in government taxes, etc.
RESERVATIONS/PAYMENTS: Deposit and agreement to the terms and conditions of this agreement are required to confirm your reservations.
For all Spring Break Packages traveling Feb 1 - April 30. After December 27, full payment is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due
December 28 or 60 days prior to departure, whichever is earlier. For packages traveling outside of the Spring Break period. Final payment
is due 60 prior to departure. Accounts not paid in full by due date will be automatically
canceled without notice.
Accounts may be reinstated subject to availability
and a $25 per person reinstatement fee. Upon receipt of deposit, a
confirmation/invoice will be sent to you or your Travel Agent. Receipt
of deposit by STS constitutes acceptance of these terms and
conditions. There is a $50 service charge for all checks/charges
returned to STS
for any reason. VISA, MC, Discover, and American Express
CANCELLATIONS: ALL PAYMENTS
ARE NONREFUNDABLE (except as otherwise provided in this
agreement), unless you are able to find a replacement, at which time a
full refund less a $25 per person administrative fee and any airline-imposed
fees will be issued. If your roommate(s) cancels, you and your remaining
roommate(s) must pay applicable occupancy surcharges prior to the departure
TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN: OPTIONAL
TRAVEL PROTECTION FOR CANCELLATION, PRICE INCREASES, DELAY, HEALTH, ACCIDENT, AND BAGGAGE
IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. The Travel Protection Plan will automatically
be added to all trip invoices. A copy of the relevant travel protection
policy is available from STS upon written request or online at www.ststravel.com.
You may decline the policy by indicating so on your final payment voucher
and/or by not including the payment with your final payment.
CHANGING YOUR RESERVATIONS:
There is a $25 per person fee (plus any airline-imposed fees) for changing
your reservation in any way once deposit has been received by STS. For
the purpose of this paragraph, adding passengers to an existing reservation
will not be considered a change.
SECURITY AGREEMENT: All
payments received by STS for charter travel services such as this are
protected in part by a Surety Trust Agreement by and between First Niagara Bank ("Bank") and STS in favor of the U.S.
Government. Claims should be filed directly with STS and Bank or if STS
is unavailable, with Bank, c/o Shelby Financial Corporation, 5 Great Valley Parkway,
Malvern, PA 19355, within 60 days after completion of the trip. In the event Bank and/or STS
fail to receive your claim within this time period, Bank
and STS shall be released from any and all liability to you.
DOCUMENTATION: U.S. Citizens
are required to carry proper documentation of U.S. citizenship. Foreign
nationals must consult their local consulates for documentation requirements.
Children under 18 years of age must carry a notarized letter of consent
signed by both parents or legal guardian for travel outside the US. U.S.
citizenship documentation requirements are subject to change without notice.
No refunds will be issued for passengers who are denied boarding for failure
to obtain proper citizenship documentation.
SECURITY DEPOSIT: Hotels
may require up to a $100 per person cash security deposit at check-in. This
will be refunded upon checkout provided that there are no charges or damages
to your room.
UNUSED TOUR SERVICES: No
refund will be issued for unused accommodations, flights, or tour services
if the tour participant leaves the tour for any reason.
AIRCRAFT, FLIGHT SCHEDULES AND
DELAYS: Public charter air services are provided by Miami Air Int'l,
North American, Northwest Airlines, Omni Air Express, Sky King, Sun Country or World Airways.
Public charters are operated by STS, Apple Vacations,
GWV, TNT, Funjet, and Vacation Express. Scheduled air services are provided
by Air Jamaica, Continental, USAirways, American Airlines, Air Tran, Northwest,
Delta, and Southwest. STS and the airline reserve the right to substitute
any duly-licensed air carrier and/or to change aircraft type, routing
and do not guarantee single plane or nonstop service.
FLIGHT DELAYS: Flight
delays are unfortunate, but are an inherent risk in air travel. Flight
delays, missed nights accommodations and expenses incurred due to flight
delays, and missed connections to/from charter flights are beyond the
control and responsibility of STS.
Flight times are not guaranteed and may affect actual length of time
in vacation destination on travel days. Any flight information provided
prior to departure is considered tentative and is subject to change
in accordance with operator's option plan as set forth at the bottom
of this agreement. Therefore, it is the sole responsibility of the tour
participant to reconfirm both outbound and return flights.
For international travel, including domestic portions of international travel,
the liability limit for delay, damage, or loss to checked and unchecked baggage
is governed by the Montreal Convention, or its predecessor, the Warsaw Convention,
including their amendments and special contracts of carriage embodied in
For travel wholly between U.S. points, liability for delay, damage or loss to
checked baggage, including carry-on baggage if tendered to the carrier's inflight
personnel for storage or otherwise delivered into the custody of the carrier is
limited to a maximum of $3,300 USD per ticketed passenger.
If you wish to declare a higher value beyond the stated limit of liability,
additional insurance coverage can be purchased.
OPERATOR CANCELLATION: If
STS must cancel the charter: STS will notify you in writing within 7 days
of the cancellation, but in no event later than 10 days before the scheduled
departure date. In the event of complete cancellation, STS's only liability
will be to refund, within 14 days of the date of cancellation, all moneys
paid. STS as charter operator may not cancel the charter less than 10
days before the scheduled departure date, except for circumstances that
make it physically impossible to perform the charter trip.
CUSTOMER SERVICE: If you
require assistance in any way while on your tour, you must notify our
on-location staff who will make every effort to accommodate you. Under
no circumstances will STS reimburse you for long-distance phone calls
or other out of pocket expenses. If the matter cannot be resolved, please
write our Customer Service Department within 60 days of the completion
of your tour. Failure to write to tour operator within this 60-day time period will
release STS from all claims and liability.
MAJOR CHANGE: In accordance
with Part 380 of the DOT's Special Regulations, the applicable major changes
are as follows: (1) a change in departure or return dates of more than
48 hours (unless the change results from a flight delay experienced by
the carrier), (2) a change in origin or destination city for any flight
leg other than a change in the order in which cities are visited, (3)
a substitution of any hotel that is not named in the operator-participant
contract; and (4) a price increase of more than 10% occurring more than
10 days prior to departure. If STS becomes aware of a major change 10
or more days prior to departure, STS will notify tour participants within
7 days of first knowing of such a change. If STS should become aware of
a change within 10 days of departure, it will notify tour participants
as soon as possible. Upon receiving notification of a major change, tour
participant may cancel in writing within seven days, but in no event later
than the date of departure, and receive a full refund within 14 days of
STS receipt of notice of your cancellation. If STS gives tour participant
notice of change after departure, the participant may decline to accept
the change and be sent a refund for the portion of his or her payments
allocated to the hotel accommodations or transportation not provided within
14 days after scheduled return date. In either case, STS shall have no
further liability to the tour participant.
DISPUTES: Any controversy
or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement in any manner whatsoever,
or breach thereof, shall be resolved by BINDING ARBITRATION by
a single arbitrator in accordance with the Rules of the American Arbitration
Association. The location of such arbitration shall be the principal office
of Student Travel Services, Inc. located in the State of Maryland. The decision of the arbitrator
shall be final. Judgment upon any award rendered by the arbitrator may
be entered in any Court having jurisdiction thereof.
OPERATOR'S OPTION PLAN:
All trip dates have been set to coincide with your Spring Break. STS reserves
the right to use Friday, Saturday, or Sunday departures. The following
are considered "co-terminal" airports; (Newark, LaGuardia and JFK), (BWI,
Reagan National and Dulles), and (O'Hare and Midway). Your airport and
final trip dates will be assigned no later than 10 days prior to the departure
date. Land changes: The tour operator reserves the right to substitute
equivalent accommodations when necessary.
MISCELLANEOUS: All notices,
offers, acceptances, requests and other communications hereunder shall
be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if mailed by
certified or registered mail, with postage prepaid, to STS and the tour
participant at the addresses set forth in this agreement. Any such notice
shall be deemed to be received when delivered or within three (3) business
days after it is mailed. The validity and construction of this agreement
or any of its provisions shall be determined under the laws of the State
of Maryland. The invalidity or enforceability of any provision of this
agreement shall not affect or limit the validity and enforceability of
the other provisions hereof. This agreement contains the entire understanding
between the parties hereto and supersedes any other oral and written agreements
or understandings between them. Except as otherwise provided for in this
agreement, no modification or addition hereto or waiver or cancellation
of any provision shall be valid except by a writing signed by the parties.
This agreement shall bind and inure to the benefit of the parties, and
their respective successors and assigns or personal representatives. STS
may assign this agreement without the tour participant's permission. The
tour participant may not assign any part of the benefits of this agreement
to another party without STS's express written permission.
I further understand that Student Travel Services, as tour operator, and its employees and
agents act soley as agents in arranging transportation and accommodations offered in connection
with this travel package. In consideration for the promises contained in the tour participant
agreement, I agree to indemnify and hold STS, its successors and assigns, harmless from and
against any and all claims, demands, causes of action, damages, costs, liabilities, fees, penalties,
and expenses, including attorneys fees and costs, arising out of or resulting from my actions,
including any misfeasance, malfeasance, negligence or intentional act or omission of mine, with
respect to the trip described in this agreement. STS, its successors, assigns, officers, directors
and agents, shall not be liable for any act, omission, injury to person or property, loss,
inconvenience, accident, delay, irregularity, negligence or default with any company, hotel,
carrier company and/or their employees, servants or subcontractors providing any services,
accommodations, or facilities in connection with this agreement except for its own gross
negligence, willful misconduct or bad faith. STS will not be responsible for any actions including,
but not limited to, (1) overbooking by hotels, (2) missed connections to or from charter
flights, (3) failure to follow instructions, including but not limited to check-in/check-out times,
baggage handling and reconfirming bus/flight times.
Travelers under the age of 18 are considered minors and require parental consent to travel with Student Travel Services.
Accepting this Tour Participant Agreement implies that parental consent has been obtained by the minor traveler.