Martin Lewis issued a warning to anyone planning their next holiday.
The Money Saving Expert shared some advice during an episode of ITV’s Money Show Live.
Brits will be flocking to book their next getaway after the UK government relaxed travel restrictions earlier this month.
Martin urged anyone plotting their next vacation to ensure they get travel insurance as soon as they book.
The consumer champion said he is inundated with queries from people each summer to ask what their rights are when they have to cancel a holiday due to unforeseen circumstances.
He explained: “The answer is you don’t have any. The flight is still going ahead and there’s nothing wrong with your ticket.
“I ask if they’ve got travel insurance and they say ‘I was gonna get it before I went'”
Martin implored people to purchase insurance as soon as possible because “so many of the things you can claim for can happen before you go on holiday”.
The money expert said the cheapest travel insurance for under 65s can start from as little as £9 per week for an individual in Europe.
The policies Martin identified cover people who can’t travel after testing positive for covid – and also provides protection for anyone who contracts the virus while abroad and has to stay longer.
He added: “I call these deals no frills because they’re super cheap and they all meet my minimum claim levels.
“But I can’t vouch for the service and how they handle claims. They’re very cheap and if you have a problem with how they handle the claim, you can take this up with the ombudsman.”
The finance guru urged holidaymakers to check whether the policy is suitable before signing up.
He said: “Check the policy, check the cover levels, read through it before signing up to the check it is all suitable. That’s one of the things you can protect yourself of.”
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