Getting suitable cover
Considering how long it’s taking in the current climate to get a refund, it’s no surprise that people would rather hold onto their hard-earned cash than book another trip. Bouncing between travel companies, airlines, your credit card provider and insurance companies, it’s difficult to know who to approach first and who will cover you.
Back in 2010, Iceland’s volcanic ash cloud back cost insurers around £62 million, leading to insurers offering a bolt-on to cover volcanic ash delays and cancellations. Reading, and understanding, the terms and conditions of travel insurance in 2020 is going to be more important than ever.
An unplanned extension
It’s all well and good having the most compliant travel insurance when the airspace is closed. Even if you are covered by repatriation, many travellers may well be hesitant not to get caught out because there aren’t any flights. Would you feel comfortable sticking it out where you’ve decided to go on holiday?
Even though this is an extremely unfortunate situation, it’s definitely worth having a back-up plan. If you’re travelling to mainland Europe, you could drive back to the UK. Having friends, family or a contact where you’re going could help make things easier if you need help speaking the local language or making plans.