To Cancel or Not To Cancel: Will My Holiday Actually Be Affected By A No-Deal Brexit?
We live in uncertain times as a travel warning like no other before has been issued. We’re used to storm alerts and strikes causing problems with planes, but now we have to worry about the “no-deal Brexit travel warning” which is currently splashed across newspapers and news feeds across the UK. The British public are being told, “don’t go on holiday after 29 March” whilst also being advised that now is the time to book before prices go up.
Take all of this advice with a big pinch of salt.
Brexit has thrown everything into flux, travel plans included, and nothing is decided until the final deal is agreed upon. 99% of what you read will be speculation. Things will, inevitably, change, but it all depends on the deal. If there is a deal at all.
What does a no-deal Brexit mean?
This means that the EU commission and the UK government can’t come to an agreement about how important things like trade and travel should be handled after Brexit on 29 March 2019.
The UK has been a part of the EU since 1973 so the idea behind the deal is to allow some privileges and relationships to still exist which both sides are happy with. No deal means there would be no agreements over how their relationships should progress in the future and the UK would most likely be treated like any other non-EU country, like Japan, the US and Australia.
Will a no-deal Brexit affect my holiday plans?
Unfortunately, nothing is definite at the moment, even your holiday. This is for a number of reasons:
- Passport rules are changing.
- There will be huge delays in the airports.
- Some airline CEOs are threatening to move their business away from the UK and to somewhere within the EU.
- “Brexit clauses” mean that if your flight route is cancelled, then airlines won’t pay for your hotel, car hire or any other parts of your holiday, whereas they usually would have to.
If you are worried about your holiday being cancelled or not getting your money back, then you can sell your unwanted booking online. It’s quick, easy and gives you peace of mind about avoiding potential disruptions and money losses. Non-refundable bookings don’t need to leave you out of pocket. Scroll down for more information about how to sell your holiday to someone else or head to our how-to page.
Let’s delve into the no-deal Brexit changes which will affect you.
1. Passport rules post-Brexit
As you have probably seen, the burgundy passports will get a makeover (or makeunder, depending on your stance) and change to dark blue. This means the British passport isn’t an EU document anymore and won’t allow its holder the same access as before. You will be expected to have at least six months until the expiry date, although they have the right to turn you away if you are away for a long period of time and the expiry date is under a year.
On top of that, UK passport holders will be required to buy a visa for €7 (£6.29) every three years. This may not sound like a lot, but it’s a little thing which can be easily forgotten and result in you being turned away at the airport. In any 180-day period, Brits can only stay in the EU for 90 days.
2. Airport delays
Naturally, not everyone will research the changes in travel when Brexit happens, whether there’s a deal or not. In that case, there will be huge queues in the airports as people are refused entry, demand to know why and are told the same thing as everyone else - your passport’s power has changed.
3. Airlines moving elsewhere
The likes of Michael O’Leary, the CEO of Ryanair, have publicly said that they would be tempted to move their business out of the UK and to somewhere more accessible. If this happens, then it would mean some routes would be discontinued. Long term, it means you’ll have to find a different way of getting to some of your favourite destinations. Andrew Swaffield, CEO of Monarch, warned that there will be a good chance of higher airfares and fewer scheduled flights between the EU and the UK. Flight tickets will be subject to more taxes and extra costs on the basis that there will be charges for using the “open sky”. This is a policy which allows a free market in EU airspace over the Schengen zone, making it easier for airlines to fly from one country to another.
All is not lost as some travel companies like TUI have said that Brexit won’t change anything and they plan on continuing forward with all their 2019 routes and packages. It’s worth checking who you booked your holiday with and finding out what their current stance is, as many airlines are reassuringly committed, regardless of the outcome on 29 March.
Ultimately, flights will cost more and give you less flexibility, but they’ll still go ahead over the coming year. Beyond that, who knows?
4. “Brexit clauses”
Yes, these actually exist. Lots of package holiday providers and airlines have started implementing Brexit clauses in anticipation of 29 March. This means that if they choose to cancel a flight or discontinue a route as a direct result of Brexit (as they have said they will above), then you won’t get any money back on your hotel, car hire and other travel plans.
When an airline cancels a flight because of something they have done, such as being low-staffed, having scheduling issues or dealing with technical difficulties, they have to pay you for the other parts of the trip directly affected by that. These new clauses mean they’re exempt from these payouts and can cancel their flights as and when they wish, in theory.
UPDATE, 07/02/2019: Travel providers like Thomas Cook have implemented a "Brexit price guarantee" which promises that even if there is a rise in costs as a result of Brexit, there won't be a surcharge on the cost of your holiday.
I don’t want to go on my holiday after Brexit anymore
Nobody knows for sure what’s going to happen; until the deal is made, nothing is certain.
If you’ve planned or booked a holiday post-Brexit, you might be worried that you’ll find yourself queuing at their airport for hours, having to deal with delays and passport problems, or your holiday being cancelled altogether. All of these are possibilities, as they are any time of the year, but most travel providers will be going ahead with their pre-booked holidays as planned.
If this doesn’t put your mind at ease, you can sell your flight tickets, hotel bookings and other travel plans online. Did you know that 80% of travel is transferable? It means you can get some of your money back on your pre-booked holiday and not have to wait to see if it’s cancelled, meaning you lose 100% of your money on a non-refundable hotel room.
There are thousands of people, both UK-based and further afield, who are looking for great deals on hotels, flights and holidays right now on TransferTravel.com. Whether Brexit isn’t a concern for them, they’re an EU passport holder, or they’re used to the regulations for non-EU countries, your booking could be perfect for them.
All you need to do is find out the name change policy for your travel and list your travel booking in the number one global marketplace so you don’t have to worry about not getting your refund post-Brexit.
How do I sell my post-Brexit travel plans?
In four easy steps, your booking will be listed in the marketplace for thousands of buyers to see.
- Sign up for a free account. We just need an email address and password to log you in, or you can connect your social media accounts from Google, Facebook or Twitter.
- Create a listing. If you click on ‘sell’ in the top corner of the TransferTravel website and input all the details about your travel plans, such as departure date, destination and any extras that might be included. You can choose the price which you sell it for, but we always recommend giving a 30% discount to attract more potential buyers. Don’t set the price at more than face value as the marketplace is designed to help people out, not to make a profit.
- Once it is posted in the marketplace, your listing can be viewed by anyone across the world. When someone wants to buy it, we’ll connect you with them through our messaging system, so you don’t have to share any personal contact information. You will need to make a name change and upload the new booking documents within 72 hours.
- The buyer will then download and use your travel plans. As part of our money back guarantee, we hold the money in our secure payment platform until everything has been transferred to ensure that both sides are genuine. Once everything has been completed, we take a small fee of 15% but if your listing doesn’t sell, there’s no fee to pay.
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