The coronavirus outbreak is wreaking havoc worldwide with health, business and travel.
The health part is head-spinning, as more people are being diagnosed with the virus and the reported death toll is rising.
If you’re not sick and need to travel somewhere for work, to be with family or for a long-planned vacation, you may out of luck.
Airlines worldwide are announcing what they say are temporary reductions in flight schedules.
And for those who decide they don’t want to fly, airlines are offering refunds and offering to waive the fees on changes and cancelations.
With conditions. Of course.
Here are links to the some of the current policies of major U.S. airlines.
We gathered this information on March 10 and the applicable dates and offers are likely to shift over the next days and weeks.
Be sure to read the details on the airline website closely and check back if your flight situation isn’t yet covered.
Alaska Airlines – The Seattle-based airline is offering no change or cancellation fees on travel through March 31, 2010, regardless of the date the ticket was purchased. And no change or cancellation fees on new tickets purchased between February 27, 2020 and March 31, 2020.
American Airlines – The airline is offering to waive change fees for tickets purchased before March 1 for travel through April 30.
Delta Air Lines – Delta is waiving change fees for travelers with tickets to both international and domestic destinations through April 30 if the ticket was issued on or before March 9, as well as for tickets purchased from March 1- March 30.
Frontier – No change/cancel fees will be charged for changes to tickets issued before March 10, 2020 for travel between March 10 and April 30, 2020 or for tickets purchased March 10 through March 31, 2020. Contact Frontier at 801-401-9000.
JetBlue – JetBlue is waiving change and cancel fees for customers traveling March 10, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Change and cancel fees are also suspended for new flight bookings made through March 31, 2020 for travel through September 8, 2020.
Southwest Airlines – The airline does not charge change or cancelation fees. If you cancel at least 10 minutes before your scheduled departure, you can apply the full amount of your ticket to future travel.
Spirit Airlines – The airline is allowing travelers to make a free one-time change to their ticket (fare difference will apply) and if offering refund credit to be used for a booking made within six months.
United Airlines – The airline is waiving change fees for all domestic or international tickets purchased on or before March 2 for travel dates through April 30. New tickets purchased through March 31, 2020 can be changed for free during the next 12 months.