With most of the world stuck at home for the past 3 months, we are seeing an increase in demand for small, adventure travel groups in the (hopefully imminent) post-COVID-19 landscape. Travel analysts predict a large swing away from overcrowded cruise ships and resorts to smaller groups in remote locations.
We’ve put together a list of things to know before you book your next getaway, including a list of updated airline policies and once-in-a-lifetime travel deals.
Airline Cancellation and Change Fees
- Alaska Airlines – If you book your flight before June 30, 2020, there’s no change or cancellation fee (but you will have to pay the difference in the flight cost).
- Delta – June 30th is right around the corner. Make sure to book before then if you want to be able to change your booking at no cost for up to a year after purchase.
- Jet Blue – For both existing and new bookings made before June 30 for flights before January 4, 2021, change and cancellation fees are waived.
- Spirit – Book now and score a one-time free flight cancellation or change.
- United – Need to change your flight? No problem. No change fees for flights booked before June 30, 2020.
- American Airlines – Any ticket (both domestic and international) purchased between March 1 and May 31, 2020, including restrictive Basic Economy tickets, will be granted a one-time change without incurring the standard $200 change fee.
- Air Europa – Customers with tickets to or from the U.S. dated between March 1 and June 30, 2020, may rebook until 3/31/21 and only pay the difference in fare. You could also receive a voucher good for travel until 3/31/21!
- Southwest – Customers who want to change their flight itineraries are only responsible for any fare difference. If you opt to cancel your reservation altogether, Southwest will issue a credit to your “travel fund” for use on a future flight. It gets even better. Customers with funds that are set to expire or funds that have been created between March 1, 2020, and September 7, 2020, will have an expiration date of September 7, 2022.
- Hawaiian – Hawaiian Airlines policy allows for waived change fees for new flights purchased between March 1 and May 31, 2020. Itineraries purchased during the window are entitled to a one-time date change to a future flight beginning before December 31, 2020. A fare difference will be collected for the price of the new trip, and customers must contact Hawaiian at least 24-hours before departure for waived fees.
- LATAM – You can change the flight date once without penalty or fare difference within one year from the date of the flight (subject to cabin availability). You may also change your destination, paying only the fare difference. This applies to tickets purchased before July 31, 2020. Tickets purchased before May 20 are subject to fare difference (except for Brazil). Change the date without penalty fee or fare difference. Subject to cabin availability and the ticket’s validity (one year from the date of the first flight). This applies to tickets that are canceled/rescheduled between March 14 and August 31.
Score Deals at These Destinations
- Italy – The southern region of Sicily, an extremely popular tourist destination, has prepared a $50 million fund that will go towards paying for half of tourists’ flight costs and a third of their hotel bill.
- Japan – Similarly, the Japan Tourism Agency will be attracting foreign travelers by offering to subsidize half of their travel expenses. Few details about the program have been released, although they say it could start as soon as July of this year.
- Central America – Cayuga Collections, a group of sustainable hotels in Central America, is offering a “green bond program,” that allows customers to invest in future stays now that double in value when ready to book.
- Spain – Spain will fly 6,000 German tourists to the beautiful beaches of Majorca, Menorca, and Ibiza as a part of the country’s pilot program to help guide plans for reopening.
- Bali – With expectations to open to international travel come July, be on the lookout for cheap hotels.
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