95.3 / 88.5 FM Grand Rapids and 95.3 FM Muskegon
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Canceling Your Trip Due To COVID? Don't Expect A Refund On Flights

Picture of United plane
Wikimedia Commons

With one week to go until Thanksgiving many would-be travelers may be changing their tune about traveling.  This, amidst an uptick in coronavirus cases around the nation and pleas from health officials to stay home.

There’s good news and bad news if you decide to cancel your flight.
No doubt the pandemic has many people rethinking their holiday travel plans.  If that’s you, we’ll start with the good news if you decide to stay put and cancel your flight.  Here’s Gagnon Travels, JoAnne Verboom.
“All of the airlines have agreed to allow passengers who have purchased tickets to change their travel plans with no change fee.   Airlines have eliminated the $200 change fee.”
But, Verboom says, a change fee, which generally cost 200-dollars,  is different than a cancellation fee, so if you were looking to get your money back, you’re likely out of luck.  The airlines are losing billions of dollars and are issuing vouchers for future travel instead.
“If you decide that you don’t want to travel for any reason, for your health or not wanting to put anyone at your destination in harm’s way by traveling somewhere, you won’t be able to get a refund of your airline ticket under most circumstances.””
“and most of the airlines have extended the validity of those vouchers to be used by the end of 2022; ;so you’ve got lots of time to use most of the vouchers.”
If however,  you’re the adventurous type and still want to get away… Verboom says the deals right now are incredible.
“For those people who feel comfortable traveling right now—there are prices  that are available that I’ve not seen in over 30 years.”
But, keep in mind,  health experts and officials across the nation are now cautioning people to forego or revise gatherings and holiday travel plans for Thanksgiving.