Travel may have opened up but it still has a number of uncertainties attached to it. As seen this week, countries can still close their borders with very little notice, flights can get cancelled and Covid cases can start rising worryingly.
To ensure they will still be able to go on holidays even if their trips are cancelled, travellers around the world are taking steps to give their travel plans a bit more certainty.
The new trend of trip stacking sees travellers book multiple trips for one holiday slot.
They usually book a riskier trip, such as a cruise, which has a higher chance of getting cancelled.
But instead of hoping for the best, or waiting for their travel plans to be cancelled, holidaymakers are also booking a backup trip, just in case.
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A backup trip is usually less risky, such as a staycation.
The benefit of trip stacking is it increases the likelihood of travel.
However, the trend is not without its risks.
Holidaymakers need more money upfront to book multiple trips.
With trip stacking taking off, travel companies may start rising their prices to match the supposed demand.
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They may also wise up and start charging non-refundable booking fees to try and offset their potential losses.
There may also be some issues with refunds.
Trip stacking popularity may see some companies struggle to refund everyone in a timely manner.
Martin Jones, CEO and travel expert from Park Sleep Fly said: “An alternative to trip stacking is booking a holiday at the last minute.
“Booking a trip at the last minute allows you to carefully monitor Covid travel restrictions, and determine the suitability of travel at the given time.
“As travel restrictions are changing frequently this technique should also help to alleviate some of the Covid travel anxieties.
“Another benefit of last-minute booking is that there are often bargains to be had.
“Although the range of choice may decrease, the price of any remaining availability will be a lot more appealing.
“Travel agents typically look to sell off any remaining stock such as plane seats or hotel rooms closer to the date of travel.”
For holidaymakers who’d rather trip stack, Martin had some advice.
He said: “If you do choose to book more than one trip, we would suggest selecting a trip that includes free cancellation within their policy, and no upfront payments. Make sure to always check the terms and conditions.
“It is important to note that if your holiday company cancels a package holiday for any reason, it has to give you a full refund by law within 14 days.”
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