What’s the Best Thing to Do with Coronavirus & Travel Cancellations? Keep reading to find out the best choices for you! #covid #travel
Last year, the world was plunged into overlapping international lockdowns. Travel plans were canceled, and family vacations were scrubbed off the to-do list. Those who chose to travel in between lockdowns ran the risk of not only being exposed to the virus but being stranded if new lockdowns were announced mid-trip.
Coronavirus & Travel Cancellations
A year on, people seem to be more accepting of the fact that travel is still something that’s not guaranteed. But if you do book a family getaway in anticipation of travel bans being lifted, and if you do end up in the position of having your plans scrapped by further restrictions, is there anything you can do about it? Yes, is the simple answer. Let’s look at what you can do (and check out this infographic for extra tips).
Can I Get a Refund?
If you have booked a trip only to have your plans quashed by COVID-related travel restrictions, you may be offered a choice by your tour operator.
First, you could be given the option of a full refund. Some airlines came under fire for failing to deliver refunds promptly during 2020’s various lockdown measures. Still, the situation was unprecedented. Most organizations found themselves to be woefully underprepared for the admin nightmare that came with an avalanche of refund requests.
Second, you could be given the option of travel vouchers or to rebook your trip for a later date. What’s important to remember at this stage is to consider is what happens after compensations. Any form of compensation you accept from your tour operator can later affect your legal rights to a refund. Make sure you read the small print and that the alternative to a refund suits you before you accept the offer.
What are the Time Limits?
The time limits on requesting a refund for your canceled plans may vary. It depends on the travel restrictions at play in different parts of the world (read weekly global updates). However, typical time limits are generally set at around 12 months.
This 12 month period gives you time to consider any offer from your tour operator in place of a refund. Remember, the tourism industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. This means the likelihood your tour operator will do everything in their power to retain you as a customer. They might offer you quite exceptional deals instead of a refund.
You must weigh these offers against the possibility of further travel restrictions. Each month that passes is more time that your tour operator is holding onto your money. That is why a refund is preferable for many people. However, you may prefer to wait and see what is possible.
What’s the Best Thing to Do with Coronavirus & Travel Cancellations?
Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer. If your travel plans have been canceled, speak directly to your tour operator. You may be able to negotiate a similar booking at reduced rates for a later date. This may come with the option of a full refund if the plans are again canceled. If you are ever unsure, try not to feel pressured – take the refund.