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Holiday Deposits 

Book now pay later on your flights, hotels, transport, tours and holiday packages. Starting from just £60 for tours and £99 for packages, STA Travel’s trip deposit scheme has been introduced to help you lock in your trip at today’s price without having to pay the full amount immediately. By paying a small deposit upfront, you can rest assured that your adventure is fully booked and you won’t have to pay the remaining balance until closer to the time. As all of our trip deposit schemes are completely interest free, you don’t need to worry about being charged the extortionate rates associated with loans and credit cards. So all that’s left to do is get excited about your next trip! T&Cs apply

Our deposit options

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Flight deposits from £49

Freakin' about flight prices getting too high? No sweat. Thanks to STA Travel’s exclusive flight deals, you can book your perfect flights now and pay the rest off later. Simply find your flights and contact a Travel Expert to find out how to book. T&Cs apply.
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Holiday Deposits From £99

It's not just flights that you can put a deposit on. We want you to have it all, so you can also deposit your entire trip! Book your holiday package for just £99 - choose from loads of flights and our best hotels and hostels worldwide. T&Cs apply.

Our tour deposits

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Contiki Tour Deposits From £60

Secure your place online today on one of our exclusively for 18-35s adventure tours with a deposit of only £60! By putting down a deposit on your Contiki tour, your price will be secured and you can pay off the full amount 10 weeks before your scheduled departure. T&Cs apply.
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G Adventures Tour Deposits From £100

Choose your perfect small group tour from G Adventures and secure your place for just £100. By using the deposit scheme, the price of your tour will be guaranteed upon receipt of the payment, for you to pay off 10 weeks before departure. T&Cs apply.

Our transport deposits

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Campervan Deposits From £150

There's nothing quite like hopping in a camper with your mates and exploring a country at your own pace - the open roads of the Australian Outback, or the world-famous driving routes in the USA. What's more, you don't have to worry about forking out all of your money straight away - you can put a deposit on a camper for only £150. T&Cs apply.
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Bus Pass Deposits From £150

If you don't drive, or you'd rather someone else drive you around - then how about the freedom of a hop-on hop-off bus pass? With passes across Asia, New Zealand and Australia, you can get around with ease! Put a deposit on a pass for only £150. T&Cs apply.

Why book now pay later with STA Travel?

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Lock in the hotels, tours and accommodation you've been internet stalking while they're at their lowest price.
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While you're saving up for your trip, someone else is booking up the tours and hotels you want! Don't miss out, secure it now.
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Hold the phone to the bank or your parents... because with our deposit scheme, there's no interest and so no need to wait.

Deposit Terms and Conditions

1. Flight

Deposits are available on selected flights if booking more than 10 weeks prior to departure. Deposits start from £49 (which depends on your airfare selected) and are inclusive of a Low-Deposit Access fee of £5 which will be added to the total booking price. All deposits are payable at the time of booking and are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you cancel the Deposit agreement or fail to make the final payment, STA Travel will charge the non-refundable deposit (including the £5 low deposit access fee) and cancel the flight booking. The price of your ticket will be guaranteed upon receipt of the deposit. Once the deposit is paid, any changes to your itinerary will incur change fees or loss of deposit. Full payment is due 10 (ten) weeks prior to your scheduled departure.

2. Holiday Deposits

The holiday deposit is available when a booking is made which contains both a flight that qualifies for the flight deposit and at least 5 nights of selected accommodation. Both products must be booked at the same time and the booking must be made more than ten (10) weeks prior to departure. The flight must meet all of the criteria required for the flight deposit (listed above). Deposits start from £99 which depends on your airfare selected and are inclusive of a Low-Deposit Access fee of £5 and based on one flight ticket and a minimum of 5 nights’ accommodation per person (not including stays as part of a tour). Any non-flight and non-accommodation products, such as Travel Insurance, ISIC Card, Rail Passes etc cannot be held using book now pay later.

Upon receipt of the deposit, your booking will be fully confirmed, and flight tickets will be issued to guarantee the price. All deposits are non-refundable, non-transferable and inclusive of the low deposit access fee £5. If you cancel the Deposit agreement, STA Travel will charge the non-refundable deposit (including the £5 low deposit access fee). Any changes to your itinerary will incur change fees or loss of deposit Changes will be subject to the price of the product(s) at the time of change but has no effect on the deposit already paid. The original price and availability cannot be guaranteed. Accommodation terms and conditions vary by property and season of travel therefore moving your travel dates or booking a different property may result in the deposit option not being available and full payment may be required. Full payment is due 10 (ten) weeks prior to your scheduled departure date. Failure to make payment will result in your booking being cancelled and the deposit will remain non-refundable and cannot be transferred to a new booking. Re-booking will be subject to the price of the product(s) at the time of re-booking. The original price and availability cannot be guaranteed.

3. Tour Deposits

To secure a place on a tour you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit per person, per tour. The deposit amount varies depending on the product and supplier and in some instances full payment is required at time of booking. The deposit is taken as part payment towards the full price of the tour. Upon receipt of the deposit your tour space and the price will be confirmed. Cancellation of the tour will result in loss of deposit, with the exception of G Adventures (Lifetime deposit) and Contiki (FlexDeposit). Changes to the tour booking will be subject to the price of the product(s) at the time of change but has no effect on the deposit already paid The original price and availability cannot be guaranteed. At the time of booking you will be notified of when full payment is due, this will always be prior to departure from the UK. Failure to meet this payment date will result in the tour booking being cancelled with loss of deposit.

Additional Information about tours from specific suppliers

Contiki (£60 deposit) - FlexDeposit: Your deposit (excluding flights and any additional deposits) can be used as credit towards booking a new Contiki trip. Only one deposit amount can be credited per trip, they cannot be combined, however multiple trips can be booked using multiple FlexDeposits. Valid on all Contiki trips 7 days or longer until you turn 36 (subject to availability). The deposit can also be gifted to family or friends within 5 years of the original booking. FlexDeposit has no cash value and is non-refundable. All other conditions not mentioned in this section continue to apply as described above.

G Adventures (£100 deposit) - Lifetime Deposit: Your deposit is protected for life and may be applied towards payment of a deposit on another G Adventures tour (of equal or greater value, but not to the same or similar dates of travel). Alternatively, you can gift it to someone else to use. The deposit has no cash value and only one Lifetime Deposit may be applied per person per product booked. All other conditions not mentioned in this section continue to apply as described above.

Further 3rd party deposit schemes:

4. Campervan deposit

Campervan hire bookings with Britz, Mighty, Maui and Travellers Autobarn can be secured with a £150 deposit, if booked before 10 weeks prior to departure from the UK. The deposit secures the price at time of booking. The deposit is taken as part payment towards the full price of the campervan hire. Cancellation of the campervan hire will result in loss of deposit. Changes to the campervan hire booking will be subject to the price of the product(s) at the time of change. The original price and availability cannot be guaranteed. Full payment is due 10 weeks prior to departure from the UK. Failure to meet this payment date will result in the campervan hire booking being cancelled with loss of deposit.

5. Travel pass deposit

Travel passes supplied by Kiwi Experience, Bamba (hop-on hop-off only), Stray Asia & Australia (hop-on hop-off and flexi-tours) and Awesome Adventures Fiji can be secured with a £150 deposit, if booked before 10 weeks prior to departure from the UK. Hop-on hop-off and open-dated products can only be booked on deposit if it is part of the same booking as a flight departing from the UK for the same passenger and trip. The deposit secures the price at time of booking. The deposit is taken as part payment towards the full price of the travel pass. Cancellation of the travel pass will result in loss of deposit. Changes to the travel pass booking will be subject to the price of the product(s) at the time of change. The original price and availability cannot be guaranteed. Full payment is due 10 weeks prior to departure from the UK. Failure to meet this payment date will result in the travel pass booking being cancelled with loss of deposit.