6 Things To Consider When Booking Future Travel Now
By Kelsey Marie
Many of us have had to cancel trips or postpone our travel plans as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The good news is that we will eventually overcome this obstacle and be able to live our normal lives and journey again.
The benefit of planning your future trip now is that you’ll have more time to do research, find the best tour operators, and make a detailed itinerary.
If you’re bored at home and planning your future travel, these are the things you should consider before booking.
Invest In Travel Insurance
As we’ve seen in recent times, life comes at you fast. When planning future travel, it’s a good idea to invest in travel insurance now. Although it can be pricey, it’s a cost worth paying.
Use Miles When Booking Flights
It’s usually easier to cancel tickets paid with miles than with money. Airlines will work with you to change your flight for free or a minimal fee if you’re one of their top members.
Book Now, Change Flight Later For Free
As a result of the coronavirus, airlines have temporarily changed their policies to include you being able to book new flights and you’ll be able to cancel for a free refund later.
According to United’s new policy, if you purchase a ticket between March 3rd to March 31st, you can change your flight for free for the next 12 months as long as the new flight is of equal or lesser value.
Southwest Airlines has always offered this deal, with the chance to change your flight up to 10 minutes before departure time.
Hotels Are Updating Their Policies
Another travel perk during this time is hotels updating their policies to being very consumer-friendly. While many hotels already have a 24 hour to 45 hours before check-in cancellation policy, it’s important to read the properties’ policy carefully prior to booking.
Be Aware Of New Cruise Cancellation Policies
The cruise industry is taking a hard hit right now and is changing its policies to be more accommodating to travelers.
Popular cruise lines like Carnival, Norwegian and Holland America are allowing travelers to change or cancel trips three days prior to departure. If you cancel, you’ll be able to receive a cruise credit.
Be On A Lookout For Flight Deals
Destinations will be eager to have travelers visit after the virus has slowed down, therefore resulting in crazy flight deals. Not only will there be deals on flights, but there will also be deals on accommodations and tours — so be on the lookout!
Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie