REVEALED: Holiday bargains (with Covid cover) abound if you’re brave enough to book before the ‘green list’ is announced
- The government is set to announce the countries that will be on its “ green list. ”
- Prices can go up afterward, so booking now secures lower rates today
- Many companies aim to reassure guests who book early by offering Covid insurance for free
Every week, Neil Simpson, Holiday Hero, takes an in-depth look at an important holiday topic, and does all the work so you don’t have to. This week: The best deals that will not be spoiled by the Coronavirus.
Deals abound if you are brave enough to book a holiday before the government announces which countries will be on its green list of quarantine-free.
With outdoor holidays allowed beginning May 17, reservations now secure lower rates today, which may well go up when the starting rifle fires for the summer – and that could come as early as Friday.
Safe summer fun: the main port on the Greek island of Kos
If you fancy a sparkling clean resort with no fewer than eight pools amid the lunar landscape of Lanzarote, the elegant H10 Rubicon Palace costs £ 387 in July (onthebeach.co.uk).
Or choose the Mitsis Summer Palace Beach Hotel with an infinity-edge pool overlooking the Aegean Sea on the Greek island of Kos. Book now for September and the cost for a week starts at £ 407 (loveholidays.com).
Another mansion on display from Saga, which offers flights and weeks all-inclusive is at the palm-fringed Monte Mar Palace in Madeira from £ 549 through end of October (saga.co.uk).
But what happens if your chosen destination is on the red or amber list, which means that you have to quarantine upon return? Or if you contracted the Coronavirus just before departure and cannot travel?
Many companies aim to reassure people who book early by offering free Covid insurance with every vacation, although this is not a substitute for purchasing regular travel insurance that also covers travelers in the event of lost luggage, accidents, injuries and many other things that It can get worse when you are outside.
Coronavirus coverage with On The Beach can pay cancellation costs if you fall ill within 14 days of vacation. It also pays cancellation costs and allows customers to rebook directly for check-in if you are refused boarding after failing to test the temperature at the airport.
Saga has a vacation deal to Madeira from £ 549 until end of October
Similar pre-trip coverage from Love Holidays pays if you cancel after someone in your group, or even a close family member not booked on vacation, falls ill before the trip, while Saga now includes Covid in Medicine’s expenses and emergency department in its top-rated policy Which is provided free of charge to customers on their holidays, cruises and cruises.
Brittany Ferries includes free medical bill coverage for anyone booking their holidays. Claims can also be submitted if you need to take leave due to a coronavirus emergency at home. There is also a free policy for travelers flying on Emirates flights which pays a daily fee of £ 110 if you have to be quarantined abroad.
Other companies are relaxing their terms and conditions to deal with the pandemic.
Book a British Airways package and you can cancel to check-in if your chosen destination is on the red or amber list
Book a British Airways package and a ‘book now, change later’ policy, which has always allowed you to cancel for up to three weeks before departure, now allows you to cancel for check-in if the government suddenly introduces new quarantine rules for your return (ba.com/holidays ).
Holidays by Trailfinders continue to have peace of mind as customers’ money is placed, as usual, in a fenced customer account so refunds can be paid quickly if trips are canceled due to coronavirus.
Book with the reborn Thomas Cook and if the travel ban means your vacation cannot go ahead, then a refund will be promised within 14 days. If NHS Test & Trace insists you must isolate yourself when you are about to travel, you can also avoid the fee when switching your vacation to a later date.