Airlines could start charging for rearranging or cancelling flights from 2022

The coronavirus pandemic has really hit the travel industry in the past few months.

Many airlines have had to adapt during the crisis, with cancellation fees waived and policies to allow travellers to swap flights.

It's been very helpful for customers who have been able to book holidays comfortably without the added stress.

But now airlines are rethinking their policies, meaning unexpected disruption due to coronavirus could become expensive.

Brits may have planned trips for next year without realising the added flexibility no longer covers their trip.

And with cases rising yet again, it's likely there will be flight disruptions into next year.

If the airline has had to cancel due to coronavirus, they will still give you a free refund.

But if you want to rearrange, because you caught the bug and have to isolate, then you will probably be charged.

Low budget airline easyJet's travel restriction protection only applies to flights up until December 31.

Any flights booked after that are not subject to the guarantee, meaning easyJet can charge you if you need to move them.

Ryanair also lets you move your trip without paying a fee, but the policy only counts for flights before December 31.

Also you would have had to make the booking before September 30, if you want free flexibility.

As for British Airways, the Covid-19 flexible policy lasts until August 31, 2022.

Customers can change their flights fee-free under the policy, although you might be required to pay a difference in fare.

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Meanwhile Jet2 and WhizzAir are already charging for rearranged flights, even if the pandemic causes problems.

If you're booking a holiday, make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully.

Also don't forget to check GOV.UK for travel advice as it's constantly changing.

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