Should You Book Travel Now For Later In 2021? What You Need To Know

by Jeremy

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the globe, non-essential travel is still off the table. But many would-be travelers are holding out hope for later this year. Safety has rightly been the top priority for many people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, with news on vaccine readiness and approvals being granted worldwide, we see the appetite for travel in 2021 growing,” said Mark Crossey, U.S. traveler expert for Skyscanner. The events of 2020 have underscored the importance of human connection and quality time with loved ones. We know from our website traffic

and customer behavior that travelers are turning their gaze to later this year,” he added. “We predict many customers will prioritize spending on experiences over material goods in 2021, looking to make special memories with loved ones. But if you’re thinking ahead to potential travel later this year, should you go ahead and book things now ― or wait until you have a better sense of what’s feasible down the road? Below, Crossey and other experts share their advice.Travel

Take advantage of good deals that come with flexibility.

With recreational travel at a low, there are some surprisingly inexpensive flight options right now. Crossey noted that “fares are still cheaper than normal seasonal trends.”

At the same time, airlines have responded to the pandemic by making their cancellation and rebooking processes more flexible. Because of this, TripScout co-founder and CEO Konrad Waliszewski recommend booking your next trip, even knowing there’s a chance you’ll have to postpone or cancel it.

“If you’re planning any post-pandemic trips, book now,” he advised. “It’s unlikely you will ever see better prices, availability, and perks again ― but make sure it’s a flexible booking you can change for any reason. Travelers who decide to wait until the pandemic has stabilized will miss out on this rare opportunity as they compete with the millions of travelers eagerly trying to satisfy their pent-up wanderlust.”

The Points Guy founder and CEO Brian Kelly echoed this sentiment, noting amazing deals. He also advised booking a trip with airline miles, sitting unused for most people over the past year. “Almost every airline will give you your miles back if you don’t want to take the trip because they’ve gotten rid of redeposit fees, so it’s like booking a refundable ticket,” he said.

Although airlines have generally done away with change fees, another reason to book with airline miles instead of dollars is to hold onto your cash, which would become airline voucher money if you change your plans. “You can’t pay rent with an airline voucher,” Kelly noted. “So I recommend booking a trip with miles and a refundable hotel, so if you cannot take it, you can get your miles b, ack and you aren’t out any cash.

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