Why it is best to e-book journeys now for after the pandemic

by: Michelle Robertson, Nexstar Media Wire

Posted on Jan 31, 2021 / 02:06 PM CST
Updated January 31, 2021 / 2:06 p.m. CST

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 12: A pilot walks by United Airlines planes while seated by gates at San Francisco International Airport on April 12, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – If you are thinking of traveling into the future after COVID, now may be a good time to book as airlines and carriers have plenty of deals on offer.

But you have to think about it, says Kansas City-based travel agent Kathy Sudeikis, who has been in the business for over forty years. Things change and are often faster than average.

“It’s a good time to book but you have to be realistic about what could happen,” said Sudeikis.

She believes that “the deals will continue after the pandemic” because “business is so bad that there will be deals once people are in the air and back on cruise ships.”

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Travel insurance is a must for Sudeikis, especially if you are booking a trip far into the future. You can get insurance when you book a flight, hotel or vehicle, or you can contact a travel agent who can help you streamline the process.

These days travel agencies are more important than ever, said Sudeikis. They’ll help you flick through the fine print and manage cancellations and reservations. You may even receive offers like free upgrades and breakfast.

“You would never want to try to do this alone,” said Sudeikis. “You need someone to read the lines and help you wade through the trash. You need a lawyer who doesn’t queue you up like an airline. ”

When you should plan your trip, Sudeikis recommends for the summer, autumn and next winter.

If you are planning something and it doesn’t work, don’t fret, she says. Most providers, including airlines and hotels, offer unprecedented refunds, either in the form of a voucher or a full cash refund.

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