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The US State Department raised the worldwide travel advisory to Level 4 — meaning US citizens should avoid all international travel. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for an immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

Nations across the world have imposed travel restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Here is a current list of countries limiting entry, quarantine measures, border closures, and health screenings in place due to the outbreak. If travelers have recently been on another trip abroad to affected countries, entry to other destinations could be denied or travelers quarantined.

This list (from Airfarewatchdog.com) is updated daily with flight cancelations for every airline around the globe. This list (The Guardian) details travel restrictions within countries and nations.

The CDC offers a handy guide of things to consider before you travel within the United States. The government organization also offers a comprehensive Q & A travel section with common issues such as “Should I cancel my trip?” and “Should I go on a cruise?”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has suspended all public access enrollment centers nationwide. The move effectively suspends all new enrollments or renewals in trusted traveler programs, including Global Entry as well as other trusted traveler programs like SENTRI, NEXUS, and FAST. The closures are effective to at least May 1.
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NEWS! Most major airlines will allow a one-time no-fee change on ticket purchases made by April 15. New travel must be completed on or before February 28, 2021.

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North America | Europe | Central and South America | Asia | Caribbean | Australia | Africa

Today’s HOT Domestic & International Deals from Atlanta:

New York-Newark $98 round-trip, or $49 each way
Denver $116 round-trip, or $58 each way

  • EWR travel dates: July 1-Nov 17 north and south
  • DEN travel dates: July 1-Nov 14 west and east
  • Airlines: United, nonstop
  • Typical fare: $300+
  • Find cheap hotels in NYC: HotwirePriceline

Anchorage $308 round-trip, or $154 each way

  • Travel dates: June 1-July 21 Sept 16-Nov 12 west; June 1-Aug 16; Sept 22-Nov 9 east
  • Airlines: United, one connection
  • Typical fare: $900+
  • Find cheap hotels in ANC: HotwirePriceline

Hawaiian Islands! $410 round-trip, or $205 each way

  • Valid to Honolulu, Kona, Maui and Kauai
  • Travel dates: July 1-Nov 15 west and east
  • Airlines: United, one connection
  • Typical fare: $900+
  • Find cheap hotels in KOA: HotwirePriceline
  • Note: If you purchase your ticket on or before March 31 and decide (or are forced to cancel), you can retain the value of your ticket to be applied to a new ticket without fee for travel up to 12 months from the original issue date – to any destination.

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Today’s HOT Domestic & International Deals from various U.S. gateways:

Los Angeles – Miami $68, $90 to $124 round-trip, or $34, $45 or $62 each way
Los Angeles – New Orleans $92 round-trip, or $46 each way

  • MIA travel dates: June 1-Nov 17 east and west
  • MSY travel dates: Aug 18-Nov 18 east and west
  • Airline: American, nonstop
  • Typical fare: $400+
  • Find cheap hotels in MSY: HotwirePriceline

New York-JFK – Cancun $128 round-trip

  • Travel dates: June 1-Oct 30
  • Airlines: Delta, nonstop
  • Typical fare: $500+
  • Find cheap hotels in CUN: HotwirePriceline

Boston – Key West $120 round-trip

  • Delta travel dates: June 2-Oct 14; Jan 5-Feb 2
  • American travel dates: June 1-Oct 29; Jan 6-Feb 4
  • Airlines: one connection
  • Typical fare: $500+
  • Find cheap hotels in EYW: HotwirePriceline

Philadelphia – Cancun $185 round-trip

  • Travel dates: July 1-Nov 10
  • Airlines: United, one connection
  • Typical fare: $800+
  • Find cheap hotels in CUN: HotwirePriceline

Thanksgiving! New York – Paris $280 round-trip

  • Travel dates: Aug 11-Dec 14; Jan 6-Feb 8
  • Airlines: Delta, nonstop
  • Typical fare: $900+
  • Find cheap hotels in PAR: HotwirePriceline

Thanksgiving! Boston – London $316 round-trip

  • Travel dates: Aug 11-Dec 10; Dec 31-Feb 10
  • Airlines: Delta, nonstop
  • Typical fare: $900+
  • Find cheap hotels in LON: HotwirePriceline

Boston – Ponta Delgada, Azores $398 round-trip

  • Travel dates: Jan 14-Feb 11
  • Airline: TAP Portugal, nonstop
  • Typical fare: $1,200+
  • Find cheap hotels in PDL: HotwirePriceline

New York City – London $309-$323 round-trip

  • Travel dates: Sept 1-Nov 17; Jan 6-Feb 3
  • Airlines: British Airways, nonstop
  • Typical fare: $1,200+
  • Find cheap hotels in LON: HotwirePriceline

New York – Reykjavik, Iceland $344 round-trip

  • Travel dates: June 1-Dec 14; Jan 3-Feb 9
  • Airline: United, nonstop
  • Typical fare: $1,000+
  • Find cheap hotels in REK: HotwirePriceline

Boston – Reykjavik, Iceland $382-$438 round-trip

  • Travel dates: Aug 15-Dec 15; Jan 8-Feb 10
  • Airline: Icelandair, nonstop
  • Typical fare: $1,000+
  • Find cheap hotels in REK: HotwirePriceline

Los Angeles – Sydney $623-$650 round-trip

  • Travel dates: July 3-Nov 10
  • Airline: Hawaiian, one connection
  • Typical fare: $1,300+
  • Find cheap hotels in SYD: HotwirePriceline

Caribbean & Latin/Central America

Miami – Montego Bay $198 round-trip
Miami – Turks & Caicos
$205 round-trip
Miami – Grand Cayman $223 round-trip
Miami – St. Thomas USVI $224 round-trip
Miami – St. Vincent $255 round-trip
Miami – St. Kitts/Nevis $262 round-trip
Miami – Granada $270 round-trip
Miami – Barbados $279 round-trip

  • MBJ travel dates: June 1-Sept 1
  • PLS travel dates: now to Oct 21
  • GCM travel dates: now to Feb 6
  • STT travel dates: July 23-Nov 16; Jan 6-Feb 4
  • SVD travel dates: June 6-Nov 11
  • SKB travel dates: June 1- Nov 11
  • GND travel dates: June 1-Nov 11
  • BGI travel dates: June 1-Oct 16
  • Airline: American, nonstop
  • Typical fare: $800+
  • Find cheap hotels in PLS: HotwirePriceline

Mexico, Central & South America

Miami – San Jose, Costa Rica $136-$173 round-trip
Miami – Cancun $139-$180 round-trip
Miami – Cartagena $147 round-trip
Miami – Belize $269 round-trip
Miami – Liberia, Costa Rica $275 round-trip

  • SJO travel dates: June 1-Oct 30
  • CUN travel dates: June 1-Nov 10
  • CTG travel dates: Oct 16-Nov 10
  • BZE travel dates: June 1-Dec 16; Jan 1-Feb 6
  • LIR travel dates: June 1-Nov 11
  • Airline: American, nonstop
  • Typical fare: 6900+
  • Find cheap hotels in CUN: HotwirePriceline

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Can I Cancel My Flight, Cruise or Hotel?

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, most domestic and international airlines are currently offering no-fee changes with varying policies. In many cases, fare differences will apply when rebooking for future travel dates. Click on an airline link to check for updates. Additionally, cruise lines are starting to tweak cancellation policies.

Should you even travel domestically? Here’s Clark’s advice: “What I’ve been recommending to anyone with travel plans outside the United States is that you just have to keep watching this. You need to make your own decision now that rebooking policies have become more favorable from most travel suppliers,” Clark says. “And that means making your own decision in terms of your health and how you feel about traveling. Traveling is about fun and getting away from it all, but if you’re going to feel a wall of worry, don’t go right now.”

Now, here’s what the CDC has to say about domestic travel. Here’s current info from the U.S. State Department on domestic and international travel and cruising.

Current Advisory: The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.

Did you find a hot airfare? Book a new ticket (worldwide) through March 31 and most airlines will waive the rebooking fees and offer a one-time rebooking – regardless of the condition of the original booking fare purchased. You can rebook to a new travel date through December 31 without rebooking fees. Check with your airline to ensure this waiver is offered!

Airfarewatchdog.com offers a continually updated and comprehensive list of COVID-19 flight waivers and refund policies of all domestic and international airlines.

Alaska Airlines: Waivers apply on tickets purchased between February 27 and March 12 for travel dates through June 1. Tickets may be canceled or changed. Travelers who cancel will have their funds deposited into an Alaska account for use for future travel. For date changes, travel must occur before February 28, 2021.

American Airlines: Flight change fees are waived on any tickets purchased through April 15 as long as the changes are made no more than 14 days before your original travel itinerary would have begun. Travel must start by December 31 or within 1 year of date the ticket was issued, whichever is earlier.
NEWS! American will suspend service to Rome from Philadelphia effective immediately through the end of April. The suspension of service to Milan will extend through early summer. Flights to Rome from Chicago and Charlotte are suspended through early summer. Seasonal resumption of flights to Europe will extend through early summer, including New York and Dallas to Rome. Flight service to Paris and Madrid will be reduced during May and June.
AA slashes international capacity by 75% through May 6 and will suspend nearly all of its long-haul routes operated by wide-body jets to Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. The carrier will continue to operate three long-haul routes through May: Dallas to London Heathrow (LHR) and Tokyo Narita, and Miami to London Heathrow. American said its short-haul international flying to destinations in Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and certain markets in the northern part of South America will continue “as scheduled,” at least for now.

Delta Air Lines: Change fees are waived to all domestic and international travel departing in March, April or May, as well as all tickets purchased between March 1 and April 15. You can move your travel dates and even select a new destination. You can cancel and/or change travel by December 31, or your ticket expiration date. Your unused ticket will be applied toward your new flight, and in some instances, a fare difference will apply. If the new fare is lower, you will receive an eCredit for the difference. If the new fare is higher, the difference will be collected.
NEWS! Delta will waive redeposit fees if you booked travel using SkyMiles or cash and miles. This applies to award flights for travel dates in March or April 2020, or tickets purchased in March 2020. If you were traveling to Europe on an award ticket through May, you can redeposit miles and fees paid will be refunded.

Frontier:  For travel through April 30, Frontier will travelers to change or cancel flights without incurring a change fee. Visit flyfrontier.com with your confirmation number. If you are changing to a new flight a difference in fare may apply. If you already submitted a request to Frontier via their online form, you are now encouraged you to use this tool instead to complete your change(s) automatically.

JetBlue: Change/cancel fees are waived for customers traveling through May 31. You may rebook flights for travel through October 24, 2020.

Southwest: This traveler-friendly airline has always allowed unlimited changes and fee-free cancellations – even on non-refundable fares. Once canceled, the value of the ticket is banked into future flight credits or travel funds. Travel funds expiring by May 31 now have a new expiration date of June 30, 2021, and new travel funds created between March 1 and May 31 now have an updated expiration date of June 30, 2021. Be patient as these new expiration dates will take a few weeks to update within the Southwest database.

Spirit Airlines: Offers a one-time free modification by contacting Spirit Guest Care at 1-855-728-3555. Travelers also have the option to receive credit for the full value of a reservation which can be used for up to 6 months to book any flight currently available.

United Airlines: Change fees are waived for all tickets (basic economy and award travel) to all destinations booked on or before March 2. Change fees are waived when booking another flight within 12 months from the original ticket issue date.
NEWS! The Star Alliance carrier will suspend 95% of its international flights, including all service to Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and South America by March 28. The only remaining international services will be a few flights to Mexico and some routes between the islands of Guam.

Air France: If you have purchased a ticket for a flight departing before May 31, you have until September 30 to postpone your departure date without change fees. The new trip must begin no later than November 30. If you prefer to cancel a trip scheduled to depart on or before May 31, a non-refundable voucher will be issued and valid for one year on all Air France, KLM, Delta Air Lines, and Virgin Atlantic flights.

British Airways: If you planned to travel between March 14 and May 31, you may cancel and receive a voucher for the same value. Vouchers are valid for 12 months and can be used to any destination.

KLM: The airline recommends making use of the self-service options to change your flight or request a travel voucher. You can do so on or before September 30, even if your original travel date has already passed.

Lufthansa: If you hold a ticket for a canceled or an existing Lufthansa flight, you can keep the ticket without having to commit to a new flight date right away. Existing bookings will initially be canceled, but the ticket and ticket value will remain unchanged and can be extended to a new departure date up to and including December 31. You can also rebook to another destination. The new flight must be booked by August 31.

Norwegian: The airline will scrap 4,000 flights (now through mid-June) and temporarily lay off around half its employees due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The waiver of rebooking fee applies on tickets booked up to and including May 31. The original journey (including the return flight date) must be completed byNovember 30 at the latest.?

Qantas: If you are due to travel on a Qantas flight before July 31 and wish to change your plans ?before April 30, you can get a flight credit and retain the full value of your booking. The flight credit is valid for booking and travel by? December 31, 2021. This gives you 18 months to plan, rebook your flights and travel.
NEWS! All Qantas international flights from Australia will be suspended through at least May 31.
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Cruise Line Policies

The trade group Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), whose members make up about 90% of cruise capacity, said the 30-day suspension (through mid-April) applies to all of its members and all U.S. ports of call. There are exceptions: Carnival will voluntarily pause all 18 vessels which sail under the Princess Cruises brand, affecting all voyages departing through May 10.

Celebrity permits cancellations for any reason on sailings departing through July 31. Cancel as late as 48 hours before sailing and get a 100% Future Cruise Credit good on sailings through December 31, 2021.

Costa has canceled select sailings, yet provides no specific information on updated cancel policies.

Disney Cruise Line has updated it cancellations policies. Terms vary based on the region of travel.

Holland America Line offers a full cancelation for any reason on cruises departing through July 31. Many variables apply.

MSC Cruises permits a future cruise credit if you choose to cancel and reschedule your cruise The credit will be given in the amount paid for your current cruise that is valid on any MSC cruise on or before December 31, 2021. You must cancel 48 hours or more in advance to qualify for the Cruise Assurance program.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a full refund on any cruise sailing through September 30 (must be canceled up to 48 hours prior to embarkation). Guests who cancel will receive a 100% future cruise credit to be used for all sailings that embark through December 31, 2022.

Princess Cruises has announced that it’s suspending operations of the Princess Cruises line of ships for at least two months. Passengers can apply 100% of monies paid for their canceled cruise to a future cruise departing through May 1, 2022. If the future cruise credit option doesn’t work in your instance, complete an electronic form on Princess.com to request a cash refund.

Royal Caribbean permits the cancellation of any cruise that sets sail through July 31. Cancel at least 48 hours before you set sail to receive a future cruise credit. The credit can be used toward any cruise that sets sail through December 31, 2021.
NEWS! The company will not return to service until at least May 12. Due to local port restrictions, sailings out of Canada, Alaska and New England will be further suspended until July 1. The Royal Caribbean fleet includes the cruise brands of Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises.

Viking Cruises is temporarily suspending operations of river and ocean cruises sailing through April 3 with a full resumption of operations on May 1. Already booked? Change your cruise date up until 24 hours before departure without incurring a cancellation fee. Valid on reservations made by April 30.

Windstar will refund 100% of monies paid in the form of Future Cruise Credit to be used on another Windstar departure within one year of the issue date of the credit. A 15-day or more advance notice of cancellation is required.

View more about the measures and changes that are being taken with cruise line members of CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) to protect passengers in response to the COVID-19.
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Hotel & Resort Policies

A majority of hotel chains are allowing guests to cancel reservations, yet some won’t give a credit card credit but use the amount paid to apply toward a future stay within a year. However, there are still a number of hotels and lodging booking sites that have no set coronavirus cancellation policies that could indicate that normal cancellations, fees, and refunds apply. But try phoning the property directly to pursue your cancellation and refund.

As with the every changing airline policies, so too will hotel brand policies. So give the situation more time, maybe a week or two, if you are faced with a no-refund policy and try again.

Airbnb: Hosts and guests impacted by the coronavirus outbreak will be able to cancel their homes reservation or Airbnb Experience without getting charged. For reservations in the United States, Airbnb’s Extenuating Circumstances policy applies to reservations booked on or before March 13 with a check-in date of April 1 or earlier.

Click on each of these travel sites for Q & A’s regarding refunds. All of these Online Travel Agents (OTA’s) are asking that travelers not traveling within seven days to refrain from direct calls. Instead, you are asked to make any changes online or in the case of private rentals to contact the owner.
VRBO
Expedia
Travelocity
Orbitz
Hotwire
Priceline

Best Western: Each property is independently owned/operated and the brand suggests that each should “exercise flexibility and understanding when deciding cancellation requests.”

Choice Hotels: Prepaid and nonrefundable bookings made on and before March 10 for travel through April 30 can be canceled without penalty if made 48 hours before the arrival date. The refund will be in the form of Choice Privileges rewards points, which can be redeemed for a future hotel stay.

Hilton: All reservations — even those described as non-cancellable (“Advanced Purchase”) — that are scheduled for arrival on or before June 30 can be changed or canceled at no charge, up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival day.
NEWS! Hilton Worldwide announced that the company plans to temporarily suspend operations at most of its hotels that are located in major U.S. cities as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Hyatt: Guests canceling prepaid advance purchase, nonrefundable and non-changeable rates will receive 10,000 World of Hyatt rewards points (a value of about $170), which can be applied on a future hotel stay. Applicable only to reservations made by March 8 for arrivals through June 30. Guests can email [email protected]

Intercontinental Hotels/IHG: Intercontinental, the owner of brands like Holiday Inn, Kimpton, Candlewood Suites, and Crowne Plaza, is waiving cancellation fees on its hotels worldwide, for all stays scheduled for arrival between March 9 and April 30.

Marriott: Changes or cancellations without a charge are permitted as long as the change or cancellation is made by April 30.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts: Cancel and change penalties are waived if the request is received 24 or more in advance. This applies for stays through May 31. For new or existing direct bookings with arrivals after May 31, all properties are required to accommodate non-cancellable rate reservation changes if the request is received at least 48 hours prior to arrival and the same number of room nights or more are booked for a future stay.


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