While traveling this year has become more difficult than any of us could have ever imagined, it is still impossible to deny that the winter holiday season is something we haven’t yet forgot about.
And many of us ask ourselves, is this possible at all? Wouldn’t such a trip be too risky? Or should we rather wait for spring?
The question remains open – just as it was at the end of May when certain countries began lifting their travel restrictions and international flights started to gradually resume. As consumer advocacy advisor Christopher Elliott – who is famous for his expert advice in popular media outlets – points out, “whether or not to cancel your next vacation is becoming a national debate. And with the pandemic still raging, the answer can change day by day. But there’s also a broad question about travel insurance and its effectiveness in protecting people who want to travel.”
There are some questions which should be answered
However, travel insurance – along with other means of travel protection – isn’t the only question which should help us decide if we should travel in the upcoming months. Extremely limited holiday opportunities, constantly changing restrictions on international movement and a significantly increased risk of spreading the infection already suggested a change in travel planning attitude even for those who have been positive after the travel market recovery which took place last summer.
Nevertheless, it is obvious that a need to look for at least a small opportunity to go abroad in the next few months persists among both opportunistic holidaymakers as well as more conservative family travellers. And it is driven not only by the unprecedented longing for travel, but also by the extremely attractive offers prepared by air carriers, accommodation service providers and tour operators.
But is it necessary to embark on these trips right now if you wish to enjoy travel at the lowest price it would possibly be in years? These days such a question is more relevant than ever. And that’s not just because such offers tend to allure due to extremely low prices. The opportunity to enjoy places that are usually crowded or stay at hotels or resorts which normally are booked for years to come is also something that is unlikely to happen when the international travel and tourism industry recovers.
It isn’t such a gamble if you’ve read all the T&C’s
Still, settling up your plans or booking a journey at an attractive price right now doesn’t necessarily mean that you no longer have an opportunity to postpone your trip till, for example, half a year later. That’s because, in most cases, date change fees – and sometimes even the obligation to pay the price difference if there would be such – are still lifted. They just aren’t announced along with offers to book a travel for the next winter months – which obviously makes sense.
That’s why, by purchasing a trip at a very attractive price right now, it is sometimes still possible to move it to a much more favorable time without additional taxes or surcharges. In such a way you could enjoy your holiday when the price of the same travel would likely be much higher.
However, in order to get use of such an opportunity, it is necessary to assess the potential risks in advance. In particular, the conditions for purchasing tickets or travel should be read thoroughly as possible, as the conditions for any changes in the travel itinerary may be subjected to certain exceptions which could also affect the implementation of free travel date change policy.
For example, if it’s stated that a free travel date change isn’t subjected to the necessity for covering the eventual price difference, the latter exception may apply for a much shorter period than general “flexibility in travel plans”. It is therefore important to properly assess the duration of such promotions and whether you’ll be able to adjust your plans to new dates when the epidemiological situation will eventually improve and travel restrictions will be lifted.
If anything won’t go as planned, our team is ready to take care of you
Of course, nobody is guaranteed that even in a best-case scenario, there won’t be a last minute flight cancelation, long delay or even flight overbooking. But that’s why we are here! Remember that now Skycop even offers an opportunity to protect your flight in advance. With our recently launched Skycop Care service, you can purchase the pay-per-subscription package and be sure that all your rights in the event of a flight disruption will be secured in the most advanced way.
For a rather symbolic fee, everyone who has acquired a Skycop Care membership will be entitled to a highest level Skycop’s expert assistance free of charge in the event of flight disruption. Such assistance includes recovering compensation of up to €600 in accordance with EU Regulation (EC) 261/2004. The service will also help its customers to recover the unforeseen accommodation, transport or food expenses which were incurred due to the flight disruption. Find out more about the Skycop Care service here.
And if you already experienced a flight disruption – such as delay, cancellation or overbooking, you can fIll out our claim form to find out if you are entitled to a disrupted flight compensation of up to €600! It’s easier than you think – we’ll handle all the work and you won’t have to pay anything if we won’t win.
And last but not least – it’s also worth remembering that if airlines unexpectedly cancel your flight, you can always claim a full refund of the ticket price – even if none of the alternative dates or re-routing options offered by the carrier satisfies you. Airlines often tend to just ignore such requirements, but here we also can help you. All you have to do is fill out a short form and in a few days a dedicated attorney will prepare an official letter of demand. It will be sent to the correct addressee and we’ll make everything possible to ensure that this time an airline won’t evade that easily!