Will this affect my holiday plans?
Depending on the airline you’re flying, it could. If the 737 Max is not certified by October, United and American will likely follow Air Canada and Southwest’s suit by pushing cancellations further into the holiday travel season—or into 2020.
The other way it could affect your holiday travel is in the fare price. According to CBS News, there will likely be fewer deals around Thanksgiving and Christmas because of the grounding. Because airlines that were counting on the 737 Max are flying less often with fuller planes to compensate, there will likely be fewer seats at a low price, experts told CBS News. (Heads up: Thanksgiving flights are cheapest in late September and Christmas flight are best bought at least 94 days in advance.)
If you want to buy travel insurance to protect against cancellations—or even to give you the flexibility to cancel should the 737 Max come back into service before the holidays and you would rather fly on another plane—be sure to pick the right one. As we’ve previously reported, unless you’ve booked an option that lets you cancel for any reason, your travel insurance won’t cover it. You can usually get most, but not all, of your payment back in those cases, but you have to have purchased the coverall insurance at least twenty days in advance of your trip under most policies. (Squaremouth offers one Cancel For Any Reason option, but it adds a 40 percent premium to your travel insurance.)
Read the full Conde Nast Traveler article online here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/every-question-you-still-have-about-the-boeing-737-max-answered