The recent outbreak of the coronavirus has caused the CDC to place travel notices on numerous destinations throughout the world. It's become a very unpredictable time to travel, especially since we don't know how long the COVID-19 will continue to spread, and when actually feel safe again to venture off to new lands. Airbnb has already put a coronavirus cancellation policy into place, and tourist destinations from Disney parks to the Louvre have shut down.
Now, if you’re looking to start booking spring or summer vacations, don’t fret. Some airlines will try to meet you halfway by offering you flexibility with your booking, and allow you to change your flight within a certain amount of time at no additional cost. That's right, they'll waive those burdensome change fees! Check out these policies created in wake of the coronavirus from top airlines.
Emirates announced that any flights booked on or before March 31, 2020, can be changed for no extra charge. This means that you won't be charged for changing your flight, but if you're changing it to a date with a higher fare, you will have to pay the difference, according to its website.
No change fees! Our waiver policy now applies to any bookings made before 31 March 2020. Our customers worldwide can enjoy more flexibility, choice and value; with the ability to change travel dates without change and reissuance fees. #FlyEmiratesFlyBetter https://t.co/k5voVwXg9C pic.twitter.com/IfDpb3IleB— Emirates Airline (@emirates) March 9, 2020
If you buy any type of ticket between March 3, 2020, and March 31, 2020, United Airlines will allow you to change to a flight of equal or lesser value up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date, according to its website. If you choose to cancel a flight booked between those dates, you can retain the value of the ticket to be applied to a new ticket without fee for travel up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date.
Book with flexibility: we’re waiving change fees for any bookings - domestic & international - made between March 3 and March 31, 2020. This applies to all tickets, fare types, destinations, points-of-sale and travel dates available for sale. Learn more: https://t.co/gyFw2YvrNs pic.twitter.com/50uC1aPsMt— United Airlines (@united) March 3, 2020
If you booked a flight on Qatar Airways that takes off on or before June 30, you can change your travel plans free of charge; however, fare differences may apply, according to the website. If you're unsure of when you want to reschedule your flight, you can opt for a travel voucher up to three days before your scheduled flight. The travel voucher is valid for one year from issue date.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand will let customers who purchase an international ticket between March 5, 2020 and March 31, 2020, change their booking for no additional fee, as written on its website. Any service fee and fare difference will be payable should the same booking class not be available at the time of rebooking. Non-refundable fares will remain non-refundable.
LATAM will waive change fees for bookings made between March 6, 2020 and March 22, 2o2o for any travel up until to the end of the year. Passengers will be able to change their flights up to 14 days before their outbound flight, according to a tweet. LATAM is also offering an assortment of alternatives for those planning to travel to China before March 31, 2020. You can view those here.
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