Holidays: Professional warns vacation and flight costs could ‘soar’ in 2021 – ‘urges’ to e-book now | Journey Information | Journey
The travel industry starts in 2021 very differently than in the previous year. After the coronavirus pandemic, the way we travel around the world changed forever.
Craig Ashford, Director of Marketing and Communications at TravelUp, has provided advice to Brits to reduce the risk of future vacation plans.
While travel is currently out of the question due to global lockdowns, border closings, and travel corridors, there is hope that the mass vaccination spurt will help bring life back to a form of normalcy. and with these holidays.
Despite the fact that many flights may not be departing right now, Ashford suggests that this could be the best time to make plans.
“The uncertainty about traveling means prices are very cheap right now,” he told Express.co.uk.
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In addition to an increase in demand, Mr. Ashford also envisages that the airlines will raise prices after a year spent mostly on-site.
“Let’s face it, they haven’t had a good year and want to make up for losses. As soon as demand comes back, prices will go up,” he said.
“It doesn’t make sense these days to wait to book closer to departure time.” Years ago there were low-cost airlines, charter airlines, and scheduled airlines – and they used different price matrices.
“The low-cost airlines would start out cheap and then get more expensive as you neared your departure date.
“The other airlines would lower their prices to fill the vacant seats. Now they’re all using the same model – they’re getting more expensive.
“They all work on the basis that it is the people who really have to travel who book so close to departure. So there is no point in waiting.”
Mr. Ashford also points out the multitude of offers designed to encourage customers to book for the future.
“The other thing to consider right now is that you can get a lot and just leave a deposit. You don’t have to pay a lot to secure the flight and accommodation,” he said.
“Then you have months to pay it off before you leave. With the added flexibility that is available when booking, this helps build some confidence.”
While there is still no certainty as to what might lie ahead, the travel expert believes that booking in advance is relatively “low risk”.
“There are so many airline policies that offer free changes,” he said.
“You can change your booking and, if necessary, postpone it until 2023 or cancel it completely.
“Many operators and providers of package tours also offer such offers.
“There is a risk of the flight being canceled, but if that happens you will get your money back, too.”
While many Brits are excited about their next vacation, Mr Ashford made a prediction of which age group might be the first to pack their bags.
“I think the first to book vacation will be the under 75s once vaccinated,” he said.
“These people have been home for months, retired and allowed to travel outside of school holidays – but they will love to live their lives and enjoy bucket list experiences.
“That will extend to the wider population as more people are vaccinated.”
Still, for those who now decide to take the plunge and close a deal, travelers should be wary of sudden changes.
“The other thing is to always check flights 72 hours before departure,” he warned.
“Airlines and travel agents are getting better at notifying people.
“We put in place a system that allows people to receive an email when something changes, but mistakes can happen.
“Make sure you review your flights. After the 72-hour period, flights are unlikely to change. There may be delays when you arrive at the airport, but the likelihood of cancellation is small.”