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Tips for travellers to ensure Christmas cheer

23 January 2009 17:45

Tips for travellers to ensure Christmas cheer

With an estimated one million people from Britain expected to jet off this Christmas, the risk of delayed or cancelled flights could put a real damper on their Christmas celebrations.

But according to Essential Travel, there are steps that passengers can take to make their festive getaway go as smoothly as possible.

The first thing that yuletide holidaymakers should do is to ensure that their winter sports travel insurance or family holiday insurance cover flight cancellations and delays so that they will not be left out of pocket in the worst-case scenario.

They should also phone the airline or check online before setting off to the airport to ensure that there are no delays and fly early in the day if possible.

The travel insurance company also urged people to avoid the last flight of the day so that if their flight is cancelled, there is still a good chance that they will be able to catch a later one.

Worryingly, research from financial and leisure services firm revealed this month that 36 per cent of Brits do not consider travel insurance to be a necessary requirement, despite the risk of lost luggage and cancelled flights.