Budget airline easyJet has released its Easter 2021 flight sale – five months ahead of schedule.
On sale from today, flights for Easter next year start from £14.99 one-way and include the two-week Easter period from March 28 to April 18, 2021.
The discounted prices are on sale until this Friday, April 24 and include the option of adding an additional hold bag and sports equipment for just 99p.
EasyJet says customers with Spring 2020 bookings can also move these bookings to next Spring without incurring a change fee.
The airline has also confirmed its plans to put the remainder of its Summer 2021 flights on sale early, so keen customers will need to keep an eye out for this.
Robert Carey, easyJet Chief Commercial and Planning Officer sys: “We know many people’s Easter holiday plans have been disrupted this year and so we’ve taken the decision to put our Easter flights for 2021 on sale early so our customers can either book a new break or, if they are rearranging their travel plans, have even more dates and destinations to choose from.
“We are really pleased to have added to our domestic flight network so that the regions in the UK will have a connectivity boost following the pandemic.”
This comes after the airline reinstated its online refund form over the weekend after reported customer complaints that it was removed. The form was initially removed from the site after most flights were grounded due to coronavirus on March 30, and customers looking for a refund were told to call the customer helpline – where some found they had to wait for ‘hours’ at a time. Thisismoney.co.uk claims easyJet was hoping passengers would take a voucher for a future flight or reschedule to a later date instead of asking for a cash refund – which they are legally entitled to if they booked directly with the airline.
Consumer group Which? has today found that 20 of the UK’s largest flight operators are illegally holding funds that should be paid to customers within 14 days of the requested refund. The report says most customers have been unable to apply for a refund online or get through to customer service teams, instead they have been offered vouchers or credit notes.
Which? is urging the government to step in to make sure Brits are not short of much-needed cash during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The travel industry now estimates up to £7bn could be owed to passengers for cancelled trips.
Last week easyJet estimated a loss of £185m to £205m for the first half of the financial year, and expected to use £1.2bn if it’s grounded for three months, £2.2bn for a six-month grounding and £3bn for a nine-month grounding.