Here’s How To Cancel Travel Due To Coronavirus
How do you cancel travel and get your money back because of coronavirus?
Here’s what you need to know.
How To Get A Travel Refund
You scheduled travel for your dream vacation, important business trip or that big conference. Then, the coronavirus hit. With the stock market tanking and uncertainty rising, the last thing you need is to lose your money and miss your trip. So, can you get your money back due to coronavirus?
Here’s what to do about it.
Getting a refund on airfare due to coronavirus may depend on when you booked your ticket, where you are traveling and whether your airline ticket is non-refundable. Which refund policies may change, here’s an overview of the latest policies from some major airlines:
American Airlines: If your flight is cancelled, you can get a refund for your ticket. American has cancelled flights to and from mainland China, Seoul, Korea and Milan, Italy. Changes fees on all new travel booked between March 1 and March 31 also will be waived. You can also find the latest updates on coronavirus.
United Airlines: United posted its change fee policies. For tickets issued March 3, 2020 through March 31, 2020, you can change your flight for free to a new flight of equal or lesser value up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date. Alternatively, you can cancel your flight and get flight credit for up to 12 months.
Delta Airlines: If your flight to certain cities in China, South Korea or Italy is cancelled, you can request a full refund. For domestic flights booked between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020, change fees will be waived. You can also change international flights in March for no fee. Delta has a dedicated page for coronavirus updates and travel policies.
Southwest Airlines: Southwest Airlines never charges a fee to change or cancel their flight. If your plans change, or you decide you no longer want to travel, you can cancel your flight and apply your funds to future travel so long as your cancel the flight more than 10 minutes prior to travel. Southwest has a page for coronavirus updates.
JetBlue: JetBlue has suspended all change and cancellation fees if you booked a flight between February 27, 2020 and March 5, 2020 for travel completed by June 1, 2020 and new bookings made between March 6, 2020 and March 31, 2020 for travel by September 8, 2020. JetBlue has a page for coronavirus updates.
Alaska Air: If you purchased a Saver Fare between February 27, 2020 and March 31, 2020, you can cancel the flight and get flight credit for a future booking. If you purchased a non-refundable ticket between February 27, 2020 and March 31, 2020 for travel through February 28, 2021, you can cancel your flight and get flight credit, or you can make a one-time change to a new flight with no fee.
You can also call the airlines directly, explain your situation and see if your airline can help you get flight credit or a full or partial refund.
If you booked a refundable rate directly with the hotel, you can get a refund. If you booked with a third party, call the third party directly to get a refund (although this can be more challenging).
Car rentals are the easiest to cancel and get a refund. With most car rental companies, you can cancel your reservation before travel. If you booked with a third party, call the third party directly to get a refund (although this can be more challenging).
If you want to know how to cancel a cruise, cancellation policies can vary. Most of the major cruise lines are not refunding money in full. However, if you cancel your cruise at least 24 to 48 hours in advance, you can receive credit for a future cruise.