The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cripple the travel industry. Thriftytraveler.com Editor-in-Chief Kyle Potter says air travel is down over 95 percent compared to the same time last year, with planes flying at just 10-percent full. He says airports are ghost towns. So what does that mean for those of us who would like to book a future vacation? Potter says flights are cheap right now and airlines are desperate to book passengers:

“In general flight prices are fairly cheap and we’re not just talking getting on a plane next week but you know for flights as far out into March of 2021.”

If you want to take a chance and book a flight for later this year or early next year, Potter has some advice for you. First, book with an airline that offers free change and cancellation. Most major airlines in the U.S. are doing this right now if you buy a ticket before the end of May. Second, pay with a credit card instead of your debit card. It will be a much easier path to getting your money back if the airline ends up canceling your flight. And third, hold off on other non-refundable purchases on things like hotel accommodations or tours until you’re sure your trip is actually going to happen at the time you want.