1/2020 booking for US -Ireland for May 2020 PHL-DUB and SNN -PHL (connect in BOS)
Comfort seatingg outbound Main aCabin inbound
Cost 155k Delta Amex Skymiles
Cancelled because of Covid - miles reinstatement fee waived.
12/1/2020 booking US-Ireland for Aug 2021 PHL-DUB DUB-PHL (connect BOS) no SNN service available
Comfort seating R/T
Cost 140k Delta Amex Skymiles
Free Cancellation for any reason (no fee reinstatement Skymiles, and no change fees, except if new date more expensive you pay)
My point here is that right NOW is when you should book any 2021 overseas travel, NOT (POST-VACCINE) WHEN THE PENT UP DEMAND HITS THE MARKET AND LIMITED AVAILIBILITY AND DIZZYING CASH AND SKYMILES COSTS HIT
Plenty of Hotels and B and Bs avilability for 2021 if you book now EVEN IN DUBLIN.
Travel Insurance note especially for Seniors and/or disabled: In order to get a pre-existing condition waiver exclusion most ALL insurance companies REQUIRE that you purchase a policy WITHIN 14 DAYS OF YOUR INITIAL DEPOSIT FOR YOUR TRIP AND INSURE FOR THE FULL COST. Some companies have some other requirements. MY suggestion: use the Travel Insurance aggregator website "Squaremouth" for the best coverage/deals. Excellent telephone support ! I've purchases policies through Squaremouth several times. Right now many travel insurance policies include Covid protections/coverage. Some policies offer an optional Rental car CDW coverage. Mine AXA Platinium costs an extra $39 for $50k CDW coverage. IMPORTANT: Travel Insurance compaines and Credit Cards with CDW coverage have excluded countries, OFTEN IRELAND [and or "Northern Ireland (6 Counties)"], and/or Italy, places you wouldn't think of being excluded. You must read the Travel Insurance fine print, eg the $56 travel insurance on Delta Flight booking page, sometimes insures your flight to a maximum of $200 ! Would you pay $56 for $200 insurance ? They can do this because most people don't read the policies or even the summary page. And there is NO pre-existing condition waiver too.
My wife and I are 72 yrs old with health issues. If we are confidant enough to do this now, then you young healthy folks should be too. If got more expensive cancel for ANY reason travel Insurance. So, our only loss if we cancel is the $1026 Travel Insurance premium.