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Skyscanner expert explains how to use flexible travel to book with confidence for 2021

LONDON, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Skyscanner’s US travel expert Mark Crossey today shared expert advice on how keen vacationers can use flexible travel to book future trips with confidence.

“As news of vaccines nearing readiness has broken, we’ve seen travelers turn their attention to next year. American travelers have been very engaged with the changing restrictions on travel in 2020 and are keen to get away safely within official guidance.

“Many airlines have scrapped domestic fare change fees indefinitely and extended the removal of international change fees until 2021. The emergence of truly flexible travel fares has not gone unnoticed and US travelers are taking advantage. Skyscanner has responded to these trends with a series of safer, smarter travel features to help US travelers book with confidence that they’re getting the right price, with the right added extras.

What is a flexible flight ticket?
“Generally speaking, a flexible flight ticket is one that allows for changes or cancellations without a fee, with a smaller-than-usual fee, or another condition that makes it easier for the traveler to change their plans. Many airlines have agreed to eliminate change fees altogether in response to the uncertainty the pandemic has created.

“When searching with Skyscanner’s “Flexible Ticket” option, this feature shows which airlines have changed their booking terms. The filter will only display airlines that offer flexible tickets, or hotels and car hire with free cancellation. And if you like to dot your i’s and cross your t’s, we also link directly to the airline’s booking policy so you can review all of the fine print.

“While Skyscanner will always do its best to show you the most up-to-date prices and policies, it’s important to check the terms and conditions of your specific ticket at the time of booking to ensure you’re fully briefed on the details of its change policy.”

Can I buy a plane ticket without a set date?
“You need to set a date when you book most flights. However, if you buy a flexible ticket, you can move the flight date and time until the ticket’s validity period (which is usually, but not always, one year from the date of purchase) ends.”

Which airlines are offering flexible flight tickets?
“There are several airlines offering flexible flights through the end of this year and beyond, some have even expanded their change fees and cancellation policies.

“During 2020 we have made some changes to our site and app to make it extra easy to find flexible airline tickets. Simply select the ‘Flexible tickets only’ box or toggle to show only those covered by flexible policies.”

American Airlines: “As of October 2020, American currently offers free changes and cancellation on all tickets, including Basic Economy fares booked through December 31, 2020.”

Delta Airlines: “Like American, Delta allows its customers to change, and, if necessary, refund all trips booked through the end of 2020. Additionally, Delta has extended the validity of all tickets until the end of 2022.”

United Airlines: “On their website,

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Swoop announces new way for Canadians to vacation with confidence this winter

Pre-departure COVID-19 testing for peak holiday travel now available

TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2020 /CNW/ – Swoop, the ultra-not-expensive airline, today announced Trusted Travel Getaways: packaged vacations designed to enable Canadians to enjoy a warm-weather vacation with confidence this winter. This limited offering of vacation packages aims to provide travellers with enhanced peace of mind throughout their travel journey. Trusted Travel Getaways will operate to Montego Bay, Jamaica, departing from Toronto beginning December 19.

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Launched in partnership with IHG® Hotels & Resorts, travellers will be provided with  accommodation at the Holiday Inn Resort® Montego Bay All-Inclusive. As an added measure of comfort, travellers will receive complimentary access to mandatory pre-travel COVID-19 testing to ensure that all passengers on-board a departing Trusted Travel Getaway flight have proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

“We’ve heard from many Canadians who are eager to get away this winter but want to do so responsibly,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial, Swoop. “Swoop and IHG Hotels & Resorts have a shared focus on thorough health and hygiene protocols. We believe that the inclusion of free COVID-19 insurance along with the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding will ensure that sun-seeking Ontarians can travel confidently from Toronto Pearson.” 

To reassure those on board a Trusted Travel Getaway flight, all travellers will be required to undergo a pre-departure COVID-19 test. Swoop has arranged for a leading Canadian laboratory service provider to administer the required testing at no additional cost to the traveller.

 “While testing is currently not a requirement for Canadians to enter Jamaica, we look forward to offering this additional screening measure to provide enhanced peace of mind for our travellers,” continued van der Stege.

With service from Toronto to Montego Bay, Jamaica on December 19, December 26, and January 2, travellers departing from Toronto Pearson International Airport will find Trusted Travel Getaway packages starting at $1450 per traveller, including round-trip flights, 7-nights all-inclusive accommodation at the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive, hotel ground transfers, and Swoop’s complimentary TuGo® Travel Insurance COVID-19 coverage. 

The Holiday Inn Resort property in Montego Bay offers travellers beachfront access, all-inclusive meal plans and enhanced cleanliness measures to support a worry-free vacation. Through its IHG® Clean Promise, the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive has expanded its commitment to cleanliness by increasing COVID-19 precautions, including proactive cleaning, regular temperature checks of employees and mask requirements for both employees and guests.

“In response to COVID-19, we have redefined our already rigorous commitment to cleanliness,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, Director of Marketing & Sales, Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive. “Through our IHG Clean Promise, Canadians staying at the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive can expect their well-being to be our top priority throughout their stay.”

The Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive is located in one of Jamaica’sResilient Corridors, which were created to manage movement and require all operating hotels to conform to

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