Simon Calder joined Philip Scofield and Holly Willoughby on ITV’s This Morning to answer some important travel questions for viewers. Some of the questions included how people can get refunds and how they can move their holidays to further down the line when travel restrictions and bans may have been lifted. Calder, who is currently senior travel editor at The Independent, revealed one way in which people could avoid losing money over their package holidays that they have not been told about. Philip asked Calder: “Will people definitely get their money back?
“What happens if you need the money now because of lack of wages meaning that you need the money you would have paid towards the holiday?”
Calder replied: “It’s just an awful situation, my heart goes out to the many thousands of people who are thinking exactly that.
“That their circumstances have changed completely since they booked that holiday.
“They did quite the right thing – booking a peak season, July/August holiday well in advance and now they’re just finding that the whole thing is just beyond them financially.
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“Now you keep paying if you possibly can because that way yes, you will either – if it’s cancelled – get a full refund even if the holiday company were to sadly collapse you would get that from the ATOL scheme and hopefully you will get a holiday.
“If you booked a proper package holiday to a mediterranean destination then there is a good chance you can transfer the trip to someone else.
“That is worth considering as well.
“And I’m sorry to say that a lot of people who have been in contact with me haven’t been advised that that is a possibility.
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“But for a lot of people that would be a good solution.”
Holly asked Calder whether Britons could instead go on staycations in the future.
“You can think about it indeed and if you wanted to book for Center Parcs – they are taking reservations for their sites in England from June 12.
“At the moment you cannot go and stay anywhere – even in a tent or a caravan.
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“You have to stay overnight at your main dwelling.
“Nobody is going anywhere for anything that could possibly be described as a holiday.”
Calder even explained that people in the travel industry are predicting that holidays in the UK may not be allowed until June.
He added: “Talking to people in the travel industry, they’re expecting that to be lifted at least in England perhaps around early June.
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“Lots of caravan sites are saying they’re planning to open in July.
“So you can start dreaming about it, you can even start booking but be warned that quite a lot of accommodation providers are entirely reasonably going to say ‘if you can’t get here because of Government restrictions then we’re not going to give you a refund in cash, we will allow you to postpone your booking until later in the year or maybe 2021’.
“You can’t be absolutely certain that you’ll get your cash back just because you can’t get there.”