STA Travel introduces the newest most flexible way to travel

Andrew Munro 15 November 2017

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A new way to go with the flow.

STA Travel has brought in the flexiest way to hit the road, with a set of new booking styles that let you lock in great prices, cancel without fees, and travel with more freedom.

Introducing, FLEXIfly, FLEXIstay and FLEXItour, or the whole FLEXIpackage if that's more your kind of flexithing.

  • FLEXIfly: Put down a $99 deposit to secure the price as it is, with options to change your booking later, before or after departure, at set costs. If you find yourself falling in love with a destination, or someone who lives there, just push back your return date.
  • FLEXIstay: For a $50 deposit you can lock in your current prices, and just choose from a 7, 10, 15 or 21 night pass for Base, Nomads or YHA accommodation around Australia and New Zealand. Just get the pass and you can book your stays and make new plans while travelling.
  • FLEXItour: For the lay-by deposit you can choose your tour and secure the price as-is, and then lock in the dates later when you're ready.
  • FLEXIpackage: There are extra discounts for going all flexiout, and booking at least one flight with either of the other two FLEXI options. This lets you lay-by all your travel plans on one discounted deposit, and have the remaining balance due just ten weeks out to departure. Essentially, you can book one super flexible holiday, pay one smaller deposit and then the remainder more slowly.

It sounds a bit fiddly, but it's worth noting that this is a pretty solid offer. You might think of it as a way to lock in great prices without necessarily needing to commit to the exact dates, plus actually being able to change your plans as you travel.

If you like the sound of that, then these options might be the best way to get it. You can read more on the STA website here.


T&Cs

You can cancel any of it without incurring any cancellation fees, but you won't get your deposit back. This lasts only until ten weeks before departure, after which you will lose the deposit and incur cancellation fees for calling off the trip.

For a bit more security around your nonrefundables, it's might be worth looking into trip cancellation travel insurance around that ten week mark. With that, if you break your leg or something you can still get covered for the cancellation fees as well as the deposits.

If you're the go-with-the-flow type of traveller, it might be worth seeing what you can flexi up on your next trip.


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