Booking.com offers UK travellers 10% back in travel credit, as the world gets back to travel in 2021
- Booking.com incentive gives travellers 10% back in post-stay travel credit, when booking a stay through Booking.com’s app
- New initiative from Booking.com will help support the UK’s invigorated appetite to travel again, as it becomes safe to do so
Latest research from Booking.com reveals that after months of restrictions, our appetite to explore the world remains undiminished, with more than two-thirds (68%*) of Brits saying that COVID-19 vaccines make them feel more hopeful and optimistic about travelling in 2021. With Brits reigniting their travel ambitions for a new era of travel, 64%* say they have re-evaluated the importance of travel in their life as being more important now than before the pandemic started.
To help Brits on their journey back to travel, when it is safe to do so, Booking.com app users in the UK can activate Booking.com’s travel credit in the app by May 31st, then book a stay by June 30th for check-in by December 31st 2021 to receive 10% back in post-stay travel credit, up to £200.
“This pandemic has taken a toll on so many aspects of our lives and society, including the travel industry and the myriad of businesses it comprises, and it’s been truly uplifting to see Britons’ determination to move toward a better, brighter future for all,” said Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking.com. “We know recovery will take time, and we know it will take the entire industry working together to get travel back on its feet, so we hope this 10% back in travel credits can be one small piece of support. With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, we’re introducing this initiative to help travellers to rediscover the places, people, cultures and experiences they have been missing, when the time is right. We encourage all those across the travel industry, from governments to businesses, to come together and implement solutions to support and revive the industry.”
With travellers eagerly awaiting to explore the world again and as restrictions start to ease in the UK, travellers can finally begin to plan their return to travel. Insights from Booking.com show that 64%* of Brits would still prefer to travel closer to home for the foreseeable future and 51%* said they would opt for lots of shorter trips over longer breaks (49%*). In fact, eight out of the top ten most searched for destinations by Brits for this summer are now based in the UK, which is twice as many as 2020.
Research also indicates that travel optimism and thoughts of reaching that dream destination again goes hand in hand with health and safety considerations, with 71%* travellers willing to provide a negative COVID-19 test before travelling, and 59%* to download an app for COVID-19 contact tracing. In turn, accommodation providers continue to do their part to ensure travellers feel safe, with almost 70% globally** having increased health & safety measures and improved cleaning processes.
Notes to Editor
To book a stay and activate the 10% back in travel credit for a future trip, open or download the Booking.com app and click the “activate promotion” button. The 10% back in travel credit will be automatically deposited into a customer’s Booking.com account after check-out and will be redeemable against future trips at select properties, whether close to home or further abroad, for up to 12 months. More details can also be found on Booking.com/BackToTravel
At Booking.com, it's our goal to make sure travellers stay safe. We advise travellers to follow any travel advice updates from local governments and health organisations, including local travel regulations with any quarantine measures in place, as well as adhering to appropriate safety measures.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of adults who are planning to travel in the next 12 months. In total 28,042 respondents across 28 countries and territories were polled (including 1003 from Argentina, 1002 from Australia, 1000 from Brazil, 1001 from Canada, 1000 from China, 1002 from Colombia, 1001 from Croatia, 1003 from Denmark, 1002 from France, 1005 from Germany, 1004 from Hong Kong, 1000 from India, 1002 from Israel, 1000 from Italy, 1000 from Japan, 1002 from Mexico, 1000 from Netherlands, 1000 from New Zealand, 1003 from Russia, 1000 from Singapore, 1003 from South Korea, 1005 from Spain, 1001 from Sweden, 1000 from Taiwan, 1003 from Thailand, 1000 from UK, 1000 from USA and 1000 from Vietnam). Respondents completed an online survey in January 2021.
****Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of Booking.com accommodation partners. In total 3,491 respondents across 20 countries and territories were polled (including 86 in Australia, 85 in Austria, 177 in Brazil, 12 in China, 212 in Croatia, 395 in France, 296 in Germany, 136 in Greece, 109 in India, 69 in Indonesia, 492 in Italy, 79 in Japan, 55 in Mexico, 120 in Poland, 96 in Portugal, 197 in Russia, 353 in Spain, 65 in Thailand, 218 in UK and 241 in US). Respondents completed an online survey in February 2021.