WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
WILL I MAKE IT TO MY DESTINATION?
Flights within the EU are currently covered by ‘Open Skies’ agreements that position the UK as a central hub of international travel, but the arrangement may not stand after Brexit. The Metro recently reported via an industry expert that “In the event of a Brexit ‘no deal’, planes would be grounded until a ‘plan B’ agreement could be drawn up between the EU and UK” with current negotiations at a standstill, it is looking more and more likely that the UK will leave the EU without a deal this March.
The UK government and the Civil Aviation Authority have only the month of April to negotiate, before the height of summer begins to take shape. Ryanair have promised “Customers will be refunded if the flights are cancelled”, but a refund isn’t much reassurance when the cancellation of a dream trip to our desired destination hangs in the balance. So what do we think, deal or no deal?
CAN I BELIEVE ANYTHING POLITICIANS TELL ME?
In our opinion it’s best not to. Politicians have a political agenda to push and your summer holiday certainly isn’t at the top of their priority list. We’d advise that you should trust logic over political statement when making 2019 plans. Logic shows that the UK has global leverage to ensure it’s public get the best terms, so we expect that by summer 2019 everyone will be sitting pretty. It is also important to remember that aviation and travel are essential to the global economy and UK airports are a central hub of international travel, so it is in the best interest of all parties to come to an agreement that keeps planes flying throughout 2019.
After Brexit, the UK will still remain as part of Europe and the Schengen area, so would sit in a similar jurisdiction to Norway. Norwegians are funnily enough 2018’s 2nd happiest country in “The World Happiness Report” (The UK are in 19th above France who might be the most likely to cause us problems in April )- just a little sunshine snippet for you all.
HOW LIKELY IS IT THAT MY TRAVEL WILL BE CANCELLED?
We predict no more than a 10% chance of holiday cancellation, with any possibility based on the EU (Brussels) taking action to teach the UK a lesson, which in turn could affect EU economies and damage the confidence in EU leaders, not something the likes of Macron or Merkel need.
As the price of most flights, hotels and experiences skyrocket in price after the second week in February, the best option is to book your travel in the next 6 weeks, locking in
your summer plans. In a worst case scenario, currency could move to a value of £1 = €1. That will result in a 23% increase to the cost of travel in Europe since 2015 but with many amazing deals out there to be had, we shouldn’t see a dramatic effect of this increase.
WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?
With the mercury soaring over summer 2018, many will likely consider a staycation, however at Tribe we have a global outlook and we believe the minds of our members are most enriched by seeing new things and living life to the max, so cancelling our plans for European and Global travel is absolutely out of the question. We have adopted the following measures to protect our Tribe:
- BOOK DIRECT with the airlines and avoid any agents or middle men on flights for this year, before things settle down.
- STICK WITH US – Tribe guarantee ALL travel for tours booked through Tribe, meaning we will provide alternative transport from the UK to your destination OR we will cover the cost of your flights if the airline doesn’t within 30 days.
ARE YOU GOING TO BE SUN-KISSED AND STRESS FREE NEXT SUMMER?
Are we going to let crusty politicians get in our way…? Not a chance! If you have any concerns around your 2019 travel dreams, why not guarantee their successful execution, with TRIBE.
Booking through Tribe enables you to pay for your hotel, internal travel and experiences over time, splitting the cost between friends, while your trip is covered for all scenarios of risk including flight or hotel cancellation, lost luggage, health/sickness and terrorism.
Start your summer today with a £1 deposit and full protection for any of the above scenarios. Let’s get planning a 2019 to remember!