Summer is right around the corner and that means so are all your long-awaited summer vacation plans. With travel restrictions and mask mandates dropping by the day and the world opening back up, 2022 has become the year of making up for lost time, especially when it comes to travel. So, you’ve done everything you need to do, like getting vaccinated, securing your negative test results on time before your trip, and even quarantining when necessary. You are ready for vacation!
But are the airlines and cruise lines ready for you? To put it candidly, experts predict “a summer of travel chaos,” according to this article from CNN. But why? On one side, there are the travelers who have been waiting to take these trips for over two years now and are out en masse, ready and raring to go. On the other side, airlines and other travel institutions had many layoffs during the pandemic and are still trying to play catch up with hiring staff, which is more difficult to do now than it was pre-pandemic. The combination of the two creates the chaos that we are seeing in recent headlines.
Some experts are advising people to stay away from Europe during the month of August, typical peak tourist season, due to technical issues affecting British Airways, the United Kingdom’s most used carrier. If you are already planning to travel to Europe this summer, you may want to consider a travel insurance plan that includes Cancel For Any Reason. With this type of coverage, you can cancel your trip for reasons not covered under the base Trip Cancellation plan and still receive up to 75% reimbursement of your non-refundable trip costs. If the travel trends we are seeing now get worse over the summer with delays and cancellations, this is one of the safest insurance options you can have to protect your trip investment.
Prepare for the Chaos
So, what can you do to prepare for the summer chaos? Really, the best thing you can do is make plans as far in advance as possible. This means booking your flight or cruise, well, yesterday, but it’s not too late to do it now! Booking early allows time to make alternate plans if your flight gets canceled. In the US specifically, if an airline cancels your flight, it is obligated to find an alternate way to your destination, although their timeline and yours may not be on the same track.
Additionally, booking travel through a trusted travel agent is a smart way to go. They want your trip to go just as seamlessly as you do and have access to information and deals you cannot find on your own. They also keep up with which airlines have the most on-time flights and least cancellations so can help guide you accordingly.
If you have already booked your summer trip, get a travel insurance quote today. From missed connections to canceled events, there’s a policy at Trawick International that can cover you and save you from losing money if things happen to go awry. You can purchase some plans right up until the day before you leave, but some benefits, like Cancel For Any Reason, must be booked within a specific window of time after your first trip deposit.
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