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Will air travel become more expensive when COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted?

When it makes sense for all of us to start traveling again, there will probably be a major boom in activity. But will it be more expensive to fly out into the world when travel restrictions are lifted? Yes that is a good question.

 

There is no definitive answer to this question. It will depend on where you fly from, where you fly to, when you choose to fly, what kind of destination you are flying to, the extent to which that country is “open” to travelers and any national restrictions on your final destination .

Still, there are things you should consider and can do when planning a flight this year.

 

Should I book my flight with a low cost airline for a summer vacation?

As a general rule, if you are looking for a few relaxing weeks in the sun somewhere, you need to know the peak period of air travel. There are times when we Danes travel to a greater extent, which reflects the prices.

Bookings are made with low-cost airlines already months before the departure. It is, of course, different this year where COVID-19 has paralyzed the world. You should therefore expect a price increase for air travel as the travel restrictions are lifted.

In terms of timing, there is always a price increase around the school holidays, and this is likely to be the case this year as well.

Also, think about how open your destination is to leisure travelers as well. As a rule, travel within the country or within neighboring countries is likely to open first, while others travel later. It will also create an increase as people who have been banned from visiting friends and family, take a much needed visit.

 

Find cheap flights for the summer of 2021

If you are eager to travel, as many of us are, make sure that it is fair and safe for you to travel, and that you follow the instructions from the health authorities abroad so as not to put yourself or someone at your destination or at home at risk of infection.

Also, keep in mind that it is not just the cost of flying that you need to think about. It is potentially the cost of having your money tied up for several months with the airline or refunded in the airline’s coupons if your departure is canceled. This can ultimately prevent you from booking an alternative trip.

Once you have made a decision, look at some of the sites that show you where to travel from. Among other things, it could be Google Flights, where you can easily and simply see which routes are available on the days or even months you want to travel. Do the prices look reasonable for your budget?

Find out if you have the opportunity to travel out of season. If you are limited by dates and times, as many people with school-age children are, then you may need to be willing to find alternative travel destinations. It might even be beneficial for your family to take a train ride instead of flying.

If you can travel before or after the school holidays or even in the middle of the week, then it is probably a much better price you can travel for. Similarly, you can save a lot of money by not booking your flight right after the travel restrictions are lifted.

Claim for compensation in the event of flight cancellation or flight delay

The possibility of claiming compensation under EU 261, in addition to a refund for your flight ticket and other expenses while you were waiting at the airport, depends on the reason for your delay or cancellation of the flight. If the interruption was due to circumstances under the control of the airline, then you may be entitled to compensation. It is always smart to investigate the reason for the cancellation or delay. Do not assume that it is due to coronavirus.

Also keep in mind that you may be able to claim compensation for a flight cancellation or flight delay for up to 6 years after, depending on which country you live in. While the statute of limitation varies depending on the country in which you file the claim, most EU countries are on average around 6 years old. Contact us to see how we can help you get the money you are entitled to.