Deal or No Deal?
Whether you have already booked or you’re planning to book your next Holiday the question mark around Brexit is probably lingering heavy on your mind. The answer to the question “deal or no-deal?” has never been this confusing so we wanted to take this moment to answers questions that we are commonly getting asked along with 4 few practical tips that may come in handy if you are planning to book a Holiday.
Will flights still operate post Brexit?
If we get a deal there will be a transition period, meaning everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. In a no-deal scenario the European Commission has said that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU under contingency legislation. The UK Government has offered similar assurances for EU airlines.
Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?
The European Parliament has confirmed that UK travellers won’t need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit for short-term business or leisure trips, even if the UK leaves without a deal. UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa.
It is true you might need some new documentation : The new European Travel Information and Authorisation Scheme (ETIAS) just under £7 but the ETIAS wont be launched until 2021, so don’t worry we have loads of time to get you sorted.
Remember it is in everyone’s best interest to ensure that the impact of British travellers in Europe is not lost so precautions will be in place whether we leave with a deal or no deal.
Are other people booking holidays in the post Brexit period next year?
Well in short, YES!!! Here at Perfect Getaways we have seen a huge increase in Holidays booked in 2019 for 2020 compared to those booked last year. In fact the Association of British Travel Agents, the leading industry body, confirmed that total holiday bookings for the post-Brexit period are up 12% on last year. Holidays are still flying off the shelves and we are still seeing amazing deals on both European and international travel.
How could Brexit affect prices?
Anyone who says they know the exact answer to this one is acting in a crafty manor and could possibly be mistaken for ‘a politician in Westminster’. The truth is it is hard to say exactly how Brexit will effect holiday prices but the important thing is to think about the different costs : The pound is weaker today then it has been in years gone by, today £1 in sterlin would get you around €1.13 however there isn’t much certainty as to where it will go next – In our eyes this gives you an even bigger reason to look at all-inclusive options where you don’t have to worry about spending in your hotel on the day to day things like food, water, entertainment etc. Flight prices are likely go up as major airlines look to recoup the cost of fuel so one thing that is certain is booking flights early could be the most sensible option.
Should I wait for a “deal or no-deal” with the EU to get a good deal today?
No, no no!!! Everyone needs to take a moment to calm down and remember we are not going anywhere until the 31st and half term for most schools in England falls before this date so you can still book your next break before Brexit has even happened.
Our Top Tips
Here is a round up of top tips from our experts if your thinking of booking a Holiday for 2020:
- Book All Inclusive :
There are amazing offers on all-inclusive package holidays for 2020. The uncertainty of Brexit means these have never made more sense. Booking all inclusive will keep the cost of your holiday set, meaning you can plan without stress and know that you will have an amazing time no matter whether its deal or no deal.
Visit our facebook page or checkout the deals in the ‘Latest Offers’ section of our site today if you don’t believe us.
- Book with an ATOL /ABTA protected agent :
Booking with through an online agent who is unprotected or booking yourself is certainly risky. Remember if you book through a registered travel agent always check to ensure that you are covered by ABTA and ATOL holiday protection. ATOL protected holidays are for package holidays that include flights. For example, Monarch Holidays customers were protected when the airline went bust in 2017 because they had booked flights and a holiday together through a provider with ATOL certification. Most of the customers affected by the Thomas Cook collapse will be covered. ABTA protection only covers holidays that involve rail, cruise or self-drive but not package breaks where flights are included. Recent events have shown just how important this service is.
- Stay away from online and book with a travel expert you trust:
There has never been more of a reason to make sure you speak to someone who has been there and bought the tee-shirt especially if your thinking of booking an all-inclusive deal! We have all heard the horror stories about people who got to their hotel and it was a million miles from what it looked like on the pictures (and usually the beach).
As an independent operator we are not affiliated to any major brands meaning we have no problems being honest with our customers when talking hotels and destinations. Our team is made up of experts who can give you open and honest advice usually because they have been. The PG travel squad are also pros when it comes together putting #PerfectPackages together meaning they can lock in amazing trade prices on trips that have been tailored, tweaked and tested just for you If you don’t believe me get on the phone and speak to one today – Call 0333 555 2223
- Book now to lock in a good price…
What many people are unaware of is that the costs of any hotels for 2020 have been agreed between hotel suppliers and the hotelier before Brexit. Following Brexit there is a possibility we could face an increase in costs due to the potential for a change in exchange rates along with other factors, so booking before brexit makes sense as prices are fixed now, you will know exactly how much the Holiday will cost and you wont run the risk of having to pay more next year or loosing out all together.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Throughout October we are committed to helping as many people as possible find amazing late deals or plan their 2020 Holiday. We have changed our opening hours and will have experts available till 9pm every week night to offer support – the idea is that when you clock off we clock on.