Berkshire news Berkshire B&Bs hit by double-booking trend as lockdown eases PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Though bookings are up, cancellations are too across much of the county

Berkshire news Berkshire B&Bs hit by double-booking trend as lockdown eases PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Though bookings are up, cancellations are too across much of the county

Berkshire news  Berkshire B&Bs hit by double-booking trend as lockdown eases PremierLeague-News.Com
13 May 2021 - 04:18

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Travel uncertainty and generous refund policies are prompting desperate holidaymakers to book multiple trips before bailing on all but their top choice – including in Berkshire. A double booking trend has left UK hoteliers and B&B operators out of pocket, industry website GlobeTrender reports, particularly since the government announced a lift of the holiday ban from The Times Research by hotel website Hoo found that the rate of UK cancellations between January and March this year jumped to 39 per cent, compared with just 20 per cent last year, in part due to holidaymakers hedging their bets to ensure a break somewhere. Hoteliers told campsites that double bookers were “abusing” policies designed to offer peace of mind, with the potential to cause havoc for domestic tourism. Fears abounded that this would worsen, with confirmation on Friday (May 7) that summer holidays were a go. Local accommodation providers report mixed fortunes, with both bookings and cancellations on the rise. We called local accommodation providers – from campsites to luxury hotels – asking whether they had experienced “spread betting” or “multi booking”, finding that some suspect dishonesty by cautious tourists. Eileen Fahri, owner of the Rutlands B&B in Windsor, said most of her recent customers have been domestic. She said: “From the end of June my bookings have increased, absolutely. “I’ve seen a huge increase in people having a weekend away at home, people who have been missing out on a break.” Though bookings are up, cancellations are too. It’s hard to know why, but some cases do make Eileen suspicious. “What hasn’t happened is people saying they’ve found a holiday in the sun,” she said. “They say someone has died or something. And sometimes that will be the case. But I’ve been in the trade a long time and I know people. I just have to bite my tongue, calm them down and return their deposit. I’m not up for rows.” (Image: Google Maps) Hurley House Hotel, in Berkshire has seen bookings increase since Friday’s travel announcement, while experiencing no issues with double bookers. A spokesman said: “It does seem as though people feel better about staying away from home, as the lockdown is eased. “The only cancellations we have seen have been due to the weather. Otherwise, things have been picking up and we’re ready to receive guests as soon as we’re allowed.” While a spokesman for a Covid caravan park and campsite – who spoke on the condition that his employer’s name was withheld – said business there was also good. He added that bookings were up on 2020, although not particularly since last week’s announcement. “Bookings have just been crazy all year,” he said. Adding: “I think people are still a bit sceptical about going abroad. So I can’t say that we’ve had any problem with last-minute cancellations because of the latest announcements.” Manor Farm Courtyard is a self-catered luxury cottage in the historic village of Hampstead Norreys, guests include a mixture of families on holiday and professionals on business trips. Cottage manager Jessica has direct contact with everyone who books – something which may have discouraged holidaymakers hedging their bets. “There’s been no change since the latest government announcement, though there may be in time," she said. "We haven’t heard about [double booking].

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. But our cancellation policy wouldn’t really allow it anyway.” But B&B owner Caroline Youds, who runs Park Farm in Windsor, said she has definitely seen a “multi-booking” trend – though she does not blame Covid uncertainty. “I don’t think it’s a phenomenon of the pandemic,” said Caroline. "I think it’s something all the booking websites are more than aware of. People would multi-book even before the pandemic. They book three or four B&Bs and, nearer the time, they look for special offers.” Best travel insurance deals for 2021 It's crucial when booking a holiday to take out travel insurance. If you're booking a holiday for 2021 there are steps you can follow to make sure your trip is protected. Ensuring your holiday is Atol-protected is the most important step - which often means you will be fully refunded if cancellation or other problems arise. Some travel insurance companies are only offering quotes to international destinations for trips that start after May, 17, 2021. Confused.com has said if you travel against government advice, you won't be covered by any travel insurance policy you buy. However the insurance operator is offering deals for travellers after May 17 - with the cheapest Europe policy priced at £2.59. Money Supermarket compare deals from multiple providers and travellers can get a single trip cover from £4.71. Meanwhile, Travel Supermarket compare more than 400 policies from over 30 leading travel insurance companies with cover starting from £4.70. Tui will allow you to change your holiday up to 28 days before the holiday. EasyJet will refund you fully if you simply change your mind about going on holiday, as long as you tell them up to 28 days before departure. This article contains affiliate links, we may receive a commission on any sales we generate from it. Learn more With deposits not forfeited until two days before the booking, some customers will cancel and rebook the same accommodation at a discounted rate, if offered. “Sometimes they do have illness or bereavement, so I always allow 48-hour refunds and people are aware of that,” she said. “But customers are savvy and they’re out for the best deals.” “It can be June and suddenly you’ve got a few empty rooms so you reduce the price,” said Caroline. She added: “With the option to cancel up to 48 hours beforehand, they do. You can say no refunds, but there’s a lot of bedrooms in Windsor so if you say that, they’re reluctant to book. Consumers want it both ways. We’ve become a demanding society – people want more and to pay less, me included."

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