Direct Holidays have been offering holidays cheaper than many other companies for many years because they cut out the travel agent and pass on the savings. Owned by Thomas Cook, from 2013, Direct Holidays are the only significant player in the this field, now that it's main competitors from TUI, Portland Holidays and Eclipse Direct have been discontinued.
Usually, cheap holidays and companies going under, go 'hand in hand', but with Direct Holidays, this simply isn't the case. You see, they are a sub brand of the Thomas Cook Group and all the package holidays are covered by their ATOL licence, so your money and holiday are perfectly safe with Direct Holidays.
It's always cheaper to book your Direct Holidays deal online, you can book by phone, but is slightly more expensive due to covering the cost of the call centres.
Book your 2013 holiday then chalk off the days until you holiday date arrives. Most holidays with Direct Holidays are with Thomas Cook Airlines, who have a reputation 'second to none' when it comes to flying British holidaymakers around the globe.