The high street heavyweights, both part of TUI, are keen to raise the number holidaymakers who book early.Customers would need to prove that they had been in work for at least two years and that they had been made redundant. They would then be entitled to a refund of their deposit and of the final balance up to one month before departure.
A TUI spokesman said: “The economic circumstances have made some people nervous about committing to expenditure. But we are offering some great deals and this will give people the confidence to book because they know that if they do lose their job and can no longer afford the holiday, their money will be refunded.”
The refund offer is valid on all bookings for Thomson- and First Choice-branded summer 2009 package holidays or flights, made before the end of January. It excludes Thomson Worldwide holidays on scheduled flights and Thomson Lakes and Mountains packages.
Regional carrier flybe was the first UK-based company to initiate redundancy cover, by offering free insurance to its customers, allowing them to recoup travel costs - including flights, hotels and car hire - if they lose their job.
The insurance is being offered to passengers who book flights, hotels and car hire in January, and are due to travel before 24 October. As with TUI’s offer, it is available to anyone who has been in continuous work with the same employer for at least two years.