With news surrounding Coronavirus, you might be questioning whether it’s the right time to book a holiday. Many destinations have experienced a drop in bookings as people hold back on their holiday plans. The good news, however, is that there is no better time to secure yourself a bargain.

 

Package holiday prices have significantly dropped and you may never be able to book your dream holiday any cheaper! Hotels and airlines are offering fantastic discounts which you can secure now and travel at a later date. Should you, as the traveller, be concerned that you are at risk of losing your money please be ensured that majority of package holiday suppliers are ATOL protected which guarantees you protection should there be any issues or cancellations. This entitles you to be fully refunded.

 

It is still safe to travel and unless you’ve planned to go to China then you are at low risk of getting Coronavirus. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will advise on any country you should avoid. If a country gets advised against all travel by the FCO and you have booked to go then you are more than likely to receive a full refund. For more information about whether it’s safe to travel read our recent blog > Travel Advice: Coronavirus | Is it safe to travel because of Coronavirus?

 

For the latest information and advice please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office

 

2020 Holiday bargains and savings

The low prices won’t be around forever and once demand picks up again fares will inevitably return to normal. Experts have suggested there is no point cancelling any upcoming trips and just to wait to see what happens, especially if you are ATOL protected anyway. That’s why it’s best to bag a bargain now before it’s too late!

There are many fantastic travel deals to take advantage of at this time. Some airlines are promoting flights to Milan and Venice for less than £20 each way whilst others are offering business class flights to city break destinations for just under £150. There are travel deals so good that even in the sale you would expect to pay a lot more.

For european beach deals some holiday operators are selling 7 night Tenerife breaks for as low as £267, week-long Malaga stays with business class travel from £469 and 3 night luxury city breaks with flights from just £150.

Long haul travel has also seen a huge price drop and a rise in searches as New York, Las Vegas and Orlando all become one of the top five destinations searched this month (March 2020). You could secure a deal to Thailand with flights for as little as £460!

 

When looking at year-on-year costs:

Greece – up to 33 per cent cheaper

Thailand – up to 25 per cent cheaper

St Lucia – up to 24 per cent cheaper

Turkey – up to 21 per cent cheaper

Spain – up to 13 per cent cheaper

 

There is no better time to book a holiday. Who knows how long these discounts will last but you may never see prices like this again. Plus, you’re not at risk by booking a package holiday if your supplier offers ATOL protection. You choose when to travel so secure your dream getaway while you can!

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