Refunds for canceled trips. Holidays for half price. Pay below $ 50.
These are some of the deals that travel companies offer to lure Canadians to book for future travel – as soon as travel is deemed safe.
But some travel experts recommend Canadians avoid booking because the COVID-19 epidemic is at full strength and could wreak further havoc on upcoming holiday plans.
Walter Rodriguez told Bestway Travel Agency in Winnipeg: “My advice is to stay put for a while. He points to Alberta’s latest. Increase in COVID-19 infections As a sign the epidemic is far away.
“Look at what’s going on in Alberta. It’s getting worse and worse.”
Nevertheless, many travel providers encourage Canadians to seal the deal with the added security of flexible change and cancellation policies.
Persons who make a registration Sunwing Or Air transport This month’s holiday package for travel over a specific period of time will be called Air Transat “Early Bird Offers”. They include a $ 100 deposit (below $ 250), free travel transfers and a cashback if you cancel 25 days before departure.
Air Canada offers vacations Similar deals, Including Travel Deposit Just $ 50 and up Full cash back If the flight is canceled due to COVID-19. In addition, customers can receive Discount up to 50 percent Choose locations in Mexico, the Caribbean and the United States this summer – if booked by May 24.
“Tomorrow will be done by the holidays!” Air Canada announces the holidays on its website.
‘We need people to travel’
Tour companies are also trying to ship Canadians. G Adventures, a small group tour operator based in Toronto, is offering a 15 percent discount on select tours with booking dates this summer.
“We want people to travel again, so we’re going to inspire people with their pocket books,” said Bruce Boone Dip, owner of G-Adventures. He said his tours would include a flexible transition policy if clients had to rearrange their plans.
“Travel is finally coming back, but it’s a very fluid situation.”
Currently, the federal government Suggests against Unnecessary travel abroad due to infection. On top of that, Ottawa has given no indication as to when it will end its requirement for travelers entering Canada to take multiple COVID-19 tests. Isolation For 14 days – spend a portion of it on a Designated hotel If you are an airline passenger.
However, there are signs of hope on the travel horizon. After attending a virtual meeting of G7 transport ministers on Wednesday, Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alcabra said he and his colleagues were committed to working together to restart the journey with tools such as a vaccine passport.
“At the center of this effort should be an integrated approach to testing and a common platform for recognizing the vaccine status of travelers.” Said In a statement by Alcabra.
‘My name is on that date’
Rebecca Priestley of Hobarts, NS, is set to embark on an international tour by January. Because that month he had already booked a 28-day tour of South Africa through G Adventures.
Priestley was scheduled to go on tour with the company last year, but it was canceled due to an epidemic. Although the epidemic did not end, the travel enthusiast took a chance and decided to re-book his trip.
“If people want to travel again, at least my name is on that date,” he said. “I have something planned – even if the plans fall back.”
But many Canadians are not ready to take the plunge. CBC News spoke with several travel agents, during which time some customers have booked vacations for the coming months.
Rodriguez, a travel consultant, said he had no reservations, only inquiries and advised customers to stop until the infection subsided.
“You want to get to your destination and come home. I can’t guarantee that.”
Rodriguez said flexible change and cancellation policies would not protect passengers if they had already reached their destination, and that the sudden re-emergence of COVID-19 cases could trigger locks and canceled flights.
“You have [a] It’s hard to come back, ”Rodriguez said. “Like everything, beware of the buyer.”
What about travel insurance?
There is also the question of travel insurance. Many travel insurance providers have re-established medical coverage for COVID-19-related illnesses. But travel insurance broker Martin Firestone said it is currently not possible to get full cancellation coverage related to COVID-19 because COVID-19 is a now known problem.
If passengers choose to cancel “a [no-travel] Consultation comes into effect, or a country visits because it explodes, and nothing can be hidden at this point, “Firestone told TravelSecure in Toronto.
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Firestone acknowledges that some airlines offer flexible cancellation policies, but said the agreement does not apply to booking a passenger, such as accommodation or tours.
“It’s not going to recoup 000 6,000 of a condo’s monthly rental costs, and it’s not recouping $ 20,000 for a bike ride. [in] Italy. “
According to Priestley, come January and she is confident she can finally make her journey.
“It’s better if it goes ahead. If it’s not, it’s canceled again and I’ll go somewhere as far as I can.”