Britons who are issued refund credit notes for cancelled package holidays will get their money back even if a travel firm collapses, transport secretary Grant Shapps confirmed today.
The Government will underwrite credit notes for customers whose trips are, or have been, disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The protection will be backdated to March 10 and will extend to September 30. Travellers will be able to cash in or use their refunds up until September 30, 2021.
British holidaymakers are owed as much as £4.6 billion as a result of coronavirus cancellations, down from a peak of around £7 billion.
“This news provides much-needed clarity for consumers, who should now feel confident that their money is secure if they have chosen to accept a refund credit note for their cancelled ATOL-protected booking,” said Paul Smith, consumer director at the CAA.
By law, customers who book package holidays are entitled to receive a cash refund for any cancellations by the tour operator. To maintain cash flow during the pandemic, some travel companies offered refund credit notes in lieu of cash refunds.
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British tourists heading for Brittany warned of a spike in coronavirus cases
British holidaymakers heading to Brittany this summer were warned on Friday about a sharp coronavirus spike that could signal a second deadly wave of the virus in the hugely popular French region.
At least 110 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected since July 10, and the disease’s reproduction – or R – value rose from 0.92 to 2.62 in the four days up to July 14. An R value of less than 1 is needed to gradually contain the disease, as the French thought they were doing since slowly coming out of lockdown from May.
The mayors have also warned arriving holidaymakers, including ones from the UK, to be extremely wary, and to self-isolate if necessary.
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What happened yesterday?
Here’s a recap of Friday’s major travel news:
British Airways to retire entire fleet of Boeing 747 jumbo jets
Spain’s most popular beaches empty despite easing restrictions
UK ‘very unlikely’ to be on Ireland’s green list for quarantine-free travel
FCO confirms ban on UK cruises
Barcelona could be on the cusp of lockdown as virus returns
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