Travel warning as Brits pay up to £ 650 more for same UK vacation
BRITS could pay hundreds of pounds more for their summer vacation, with less reimbursement protection, depending on the website they use.
A report from Who? revealed that the same UK bookings are much more expensive and less secure if booked through certain platforms.
Even with the same location and dates, some offers are almost £ 650 more expensive.
The report analyzed six different lodgings on major booking platforms, including Airbnb, Booking.com and Sykes
A three bedroom cottage in Suffolk turned out to be £ 650 more on Airbnb, due to cleaning and service charges, than vacation rental site Kid & Coe.
However, cancellation rates also vary – Airbnb offers free 24-hour cancellations while Kid & Coe charges £ 375 if canceled up to six weeks prior.
Another UK holiday cottage was cheaper on Love Cottages than Expedia and Vrbo by £ 150 – but also charges £ 50 to change the date.
The price for a cottage in Wales ranged between £ 568 and £ 639, even when booking on the same dates.
With the risk of last minute cancellations due to Covid, who? warn families opting to travel to the UK to check cancellation rights and fees before booking, regarding additional fees and flexibility of refunds.
Rory Boland, editor-in-chief of Laquelle? Travel, advised Britons to look around before they book a UK vacation this year, both for price and refund protection.
He said: “A lot of people would assume that a UK holiday would be risk-free compared to a trip abroad this year. But while the risks may be lower, that doesn’t mean they’re nonexistent – and not all vendors will protect you.
“The best way to make sure your money is protected when booking is to make sure you choose a provider that has a solid refund policy. Some companies that claim you can book with confidence actually offer very little flexibility, so always check conditions. “
He also said it is advisable to book with a credit card, as some travel insurance policies may not offer full protection.
Many Britons are opting for national holidays this year due to the uncertainty of overseas travel, with the boom in glamping and caravan bookings.
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Thousands of Britons feared their holidays in Portugal would be canceled at the last minute if they were turned back at the border next week.
However, Portugal has confirmed that it will welcome the British from May 17 with a negative Covid test.
From May 17, not only can holidays abroad continue, but UK hotels can reopen and Brits can go on group travel again.
Here’s everything you need to know about your vacation reimbursement rights.