MoneySavingExpert Martin Lewis reveals holiday booking mistake that could cost you thousands

When the Covid-19 outbreak first happened earlier this year, 2020 looked like it was going to be a really dire year. However, things are slowly starting to look better and we move forward in our new normal way of living. The public can now start booking summer holidays again and flying off to one of the many counties around the world that the UK has an air bridge with.

There are many things you must remember to do when booking a holiday, but also one important thing that you should never do. Booking a holiday can cost you a lot of money, but Martin Lewis is now warning people of a mistake that could cost you thousands. The MoneySavingExpert feels strongly about this and explained how to avoid it when speaking on the Emma Barnett Show on BBC Radio 5 Live.

While on the show, Martin explained how he had been contacted by a man who had planned to visit Greece. The man was uncertain about whether the country would open its borders up to the UK in time for his trip. To Martin's dismay, the man then revealed that he hadn't purchased any travel insurance.

"Folks, never book a holiday if you haven't got travel insurance," urged Martin. "If you get travel insurance now, it isn't going to cover you for corona-based cancellations. "ASAB.

I've been saying it for years. You can get your travel insurance as soon as you book."

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This means that regardless of whether the Greek authorities would or wouldn't let Brits enter, since the flights and hotel were still available, neither company would be responsible for providing a refund. Martin continued: "The problem is if the flights and hotel are available and you can't go, then arguably there's no fault so you're not going to get a refund from anyone.

"If Greece doesn't let you in but the flight is still on and the hotel is still available, then that's something that if you had got travel insurance in advance it may just have covered you for, but the airline and hotel are unlikely to refund you.

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"If you had booked this as a package holiday, you may well have had cover there, but because you booked flight and hotel independently, I'm presuming it isn't covered under the package regulations depending how you bought it, and you haven't got travel insurance." Martin's 'as soon as you buy' phrase is incredibly important as not only does it provide coverage when you're at your destination, it also provides coverage for any incidents which may arise in the future. Martin previously said: "I do it every year - I talk about booking travel insurance ASAB - as soon as you book.

"Because if you don't and something happens in the meantime before you get travel insurance, you're not covered."

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