Your Guide to Risk-Free Summer Holiday Bookings
With the introduction of air bridges, the relaxation of the 14-day UK quarantine measures, and a potential domestic holiday boom, many are starting to see a bright, sunny light at the end of the tunnel.
Now that holidaying in certain places abroad is permitted, we have already seen an enormous rush to secure flights and accommodation, which has led to a major price spike. But we think that if you’re careful about how you approach them, you could still secure a 100% risk-free summer holiday booking for an unbeatable price.
How to book flights risk-free
Flights are perhaps the trickiest part of any risk-free holiday booking. Although you are entitled to a full refund if an airline cancels its flight, the chances are that flights to countries with low infection rates from July onwards will go ahead. But this doesn’t mean a holiday is a certainty: strict quarantine measures are largely still in place both on the UK’s side and on the other country’s side, which could see you locked inside for two weeks both at home and abroad.
You can get a great deal on European flights with EasyJet and Ryanair if you are sure that you’d be able to rebook some time within the next year. Both are offering a free rebooking on flights this summer if “travel restrictions” remain in place – meaning that even if the flight is going ahead, you can still rebook for free if quarantine restrictions will spoil your travels. This is not ideal for those who may not be able to travel in 2021, but otherwise we think it represents the best deal going.
Is it worth paying for refund protection?
Many online booking agencies will offer a ‘cancellation protection’ which will give you a full refund on your flights if you can’t attend for a long list of reasons. At as little as £20, this might seem like a great idea – but we’d offer a word of caution.
The terms and conditions of these refund policies tend to state that a full refund is only in order if your trip is affected by a travel ban – there is usually no mention of quarantine restrictions on either side of the flights. So if the flight goes ahead, they would have no legal obligation to give you a refund just because of a quarantine on either side.
Where are the safest places to book a holiday?
It’s a tricky game trying to predict which countries might be the safest to travel to in the late summer. Although some European hotspots like Greece and Spain have opened up to tourists with no quarantine, it doesn’t take much for them to have to rethink
By far the safest place to book a holiday this summer, however, is right here in the UK. Even Health Secretary Matt Hancock has admitted he is ‘hopeful’ that Brits will be able to travel around the country for a holiday come July and August, and the hospitality sector has begun its gradual reopening in July. We officially cannot wait.
Whenever it is that we open our doors to the public again, a UK summer staycation with Supercity is the definition of a risk-free holiday booking. With our new flexible cancellations policy, you’ll be fully refunded up to 72 hours before your stay if you cannot make it for whatever reason. Plus, because we can’t wait to kickstart the summer, we’ll give you the most expensive night of your stay on us. See all of our summer offers here.