• Moira Kelly

Travel & Covid 19

Things to consider before booking a holiday, flight or accommodation!

Testing times could be one way of describing the world in which we are living in at the moment. The Covid 19 Pandemic has affected us all in one way or another, none more so than that of our travel and holiday arrangements for 2020.

Travel and accommodation restrictions have lead to cancellations of unprecedented levels across the world to restrict the spread of the virus. Many airlines and travel companies are struggling to handle the cancellation/refund processes they have in place, adding to the stress of all who have booked with them.

Before booking a holiday flight or accommodation, spend the time and do your homework>>>

Small Print - Spend extra time reading through the cancellation policies of the accommodation and travel company to ensure you can get a refund if you need to cancel. If an accommodation provider agrees to a refund if you need to cancel prior to booking, make sure you have this in writing.

Payment - Always book by credit card if you can. If you are unable to get a refund from the company you have booked through, remember, you are protected under section 75 of the Credit Consumer Act If you are booking by debit card, check with your bank to ensure you have purchase protection in place.

Travel Insurance - Most insurance companies have now added specific claim restrictions to their travel insurance policies which will limit or negate any claim you try to make as a result of Covid 19.

- Before you purchase any insurance policy, take the time to read the small print, an oversight in this area could prove costly.

- If your in any doubt about what you are covered for in your policy in relation to Covid 19, call your insurance company to get clarification, don't leave to chance!

- Spend the extra few pounds/euros to get a comprehensive cover policy, as the cheaper economy policies are unlikely to have some of the key features that you might need, like - travel disruption, curtailment, cancellation and so on. Check out our blog post on travel insurance - Click Here

Advice - Follow guidance set by Government, the World Health Organisation and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office prior to booking any travel at home or abroad.

Scams - During times of crisis, there are always unscrupulous types of people that prey on the vulnerable to make a quick killing. There are many scams making the rounds offering all kinds of amazing deals. Don't be lured into them, as the saying goes, if they sound too good to be true, they probably are! Always check, double check and if your still not sure, get someone else to check. If you think it's a scam, report it and help prevent someone else falling in to the trap!

NOTE - Information contained in this article was accurate at the time of publishing and should be used for guidance only. Whilst we make every effort to keep our information up to date, public information is constantly changing and therefore, no responsibility will be accepted if this information becomes out of date or which warrants this information to be inaccurate. Product and service links found on this page have been selected from very reputable companies that we work with. We make no recommendation for the purchase of their products or services or act as agents for their behalf.

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