Travelers, wary of their trips getting canceled, are booking two trips around the same dates. One, a riskier option (like a cruise or an international holiday), and second, a more reliable option such as a road trip to a national park. Since things can change overnight, travelers aren’t willing to allow border closures, new infection rates, and difficult requirements stop them from going on a trip completely.
Refundable bookings and flexible dates are the way to go here. It does cost a little more to book fully refundable holidays–airlines and hotels may also charge non-refundable booking fees, but it’s a better option than losing all your money if you need to postpone.
“Trip Stacking” is the new term (new to me!) for experienced, savvy travelers booking two trips at the same time – so in case one destinations is canceled due to Covid restrictions – they can still go on a trip somewhere, typically to a fall back domestic destination.
Pulling this off adds a new level of complexity. Airlines will not permit you to book multiple flights that occur at the same time – you’ll need to do that on separate airlines. “Refundable” air fares are often refunded in miles, points or credits good for future air travel – in other words, not cash, so you will be tying up funds for some time.
“Double booking” also means more air seats and hotels are pre-booked – and that leads to rising prices for everyone else.