Holiday-starved Brits ‘hedge their bets’ by booking 2 getaways at the same time
Holiday-starved Brits are ‘hedging their bets’ by booking two summer getaways at the same time in case one is scuppered by travel rules.
Avvio, a booking platform which provides the software behind 500 of the UK’s top hotels, says holiday bookings are very high but cancellation rates at the moment are running at just 4%.
This is far below the usual 30% levels and according to Avivo’s chief commercial officer Michael De Jongh this is because of double-bookings.
Lots of companies are offering attractive no or low-deposit bookings to lure customers and offer extra flexibility because of the pandemic.
However Mr De Jongh compared the trend to the Government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme at the end of the first lockdown, which saw people book more than one restaurant at the same time only to cancel one at the last minute or just not show up.
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This means all will be revealed later this summer when the current confusing travel rules are more transparent so Brits start cancelling staycations in favour of holidaying in Europe or vice versa.
This has left UK holiday venues fearing there will be a rush of last minute cancellations if Brits are given the green light to travel abroad.
So Mr De Jongh has pleaded with anyone who has double booked to try and give as much notice as possible when they decide to cancel one of their breaks.
He told the BBC : “If someone does have to cancel, I’d urge them to always give the hotel as much notice as possible or better still modify the booking to an alternative date.”
In the case of Lee and Louise Chambers they purposely booked two holidays at the same time to ensure they are able to take their two children away.
Depending on the travel rules at the time they will either be in Norfolk or their preferred choice of Fuerteventura – on of the Canary Islands.
Lee said: “You start planning, you start preparing, and if that’s suddenly taken away it can actually impact our mental well-being.
“That’s why they are keeping the Norfolk booking and will decide nearer the time.”
Earlier this year, Sandra Corkin, owner of Oasis Travel in Northern Ireland, said she was “concerned” about low deposits being offered for high‑end holidays.
She added travel agents feared that low deposits left the trade vulnerable to cancellations.
The news comes as Ryanair launched a huge flash sale with £5 flights including green list Portugal and amber list spots such as Spain and Greece.
The £5 flights are only available for travel dates between June 1 – June 30.
Currently, the majority of the destinations included in the sale are on the amber list – including Greece and Spain – with another green list announcement until June 7.
Anyone returning from an amber list destination to the UK will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days, taking PCR tests on days two and eight. (You can also opt for a PCR test on day five, where a negative result will release you from quarantine early).
There’s no guarantee that other countries could be added to the existing green list so by booking now it is done at your own risk.
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