Everybody has their own preference but mine is and will always be book with free cancellation .If it's usually more expensive it's not really free cancellation. You've paid for the option to cancel.
It wouldn't be a viable business if the income from seat sales wasn't greater than the operating cost of the flights. Flight doesn't operate, most of the overheads still have to be paid.I heard someone say this evening that Airlines won't cancel flights now as it is cheaper for them to fly with an empty plane than it is to refund everyone... I can't remember who said it though but it was on radio or tv .
Thank you Leo. Successful outcome. Holiday accommodation closed and because they couldn't offer me an apartment legally therefore no charge.Some of the credit card companies will be more wary of Covid related charge-backs after they were found to have incorrectly refunded people for flights that did operate even though the restrictions meant they couldn't travel.
I don't know the details of the Austria lock-down, but if the apartment is available for use, then you are still obliged to pay for it I'm afraid. I'd recommend looking into the details of the Austria lock down in the hope that this business will not be allowed to operate, and so will be unable to charge you for a service they are not permitted to provide. Perhaps contact them and ask them what the story is?