Today, planning for vacations and travelling to other countries for adventures is the last thing on an individual's mind. As the COVID-19 has already claimed more than 274,000 lives around the world, nations are afraid to allow foreigners into their land. There are strict travel bans both inside and outside the state to prevent further outbreak. Citizens who are away from home are advised to stay abroad and return only if the flights are available. Moreover, doctors and medical experts are continuously advising to stay indoors and practise coronavirus preventive measures.
Roughly, around 10 million people have cancelled or are in a state of cancelling their travel bookings due to the rising pandemic. On the other hand, airlines and hotels do understand their concerns and are ready to cater to their requests.
COVID-19 and Air Travel
One of the worst hits by the recent worldwide outbreak is the travel and tourism industry. There was a drop in airline bookings when a hundred cases evolved to thousands in just a few weeks.
Below are some of the world’s top airlines and their revised cancellation policies for COVID-19.
British Airways is offering free change vouchers for those who had bookings through May 31, 2020, with a departure date before the end of the year. Applicants can submit their requests and receive an email within 7 days with a digital voucher valid till April 30, 2022.
Travellers can either request for a refund or receive a voucher in case there is a change in plan. The voucher is valid until a year from the date of issuance with an addition of 10% charges exclusive of taxes. Otherwise, there is an option to change the booking dates, free of cost. All this is applicable only if the booked tickets are valid for travel up to September 30, 2020.
Tickets can be cancelled without any charges if it were refundable. In case of a non-refundable ticket, only taxes will be credited back to the debit/credit card that was used for purchase. In some cases, cancellation fees may also apply.
Cathay Pacific has waived the cancellation fees in light of COVID-19. Flights that were booked before/on March 23, 2020, with the travel period between March 17, 2020, to June 30, 2020, are eligible to ask for a refund/change. However, it may take 45 days for the refund to get processed.
For bookings made March 1, 2020, to May 31, 2020, American Airlines waived off the change fees for all future travels. But the wager is the traveller has to begin the journey within one year of the original ticket. Moreover, this is only applicable on non-refundable tickets.
COVID-19 and Hotels
Just like airlines are waiving cancellation and change fees, hotels around the world are also trying their best to accommodate their customers.
Here are the world’s best hotels with their revised policies.
·Alila Fort Bishangarh
Reservations that are made on/before April 1, 2020, with the arrival date any time before/on June 30, 2020, can be cancelled/changed. This is only applicable if the request is placed prior to the arriving date.
All existing reservation holders can request for change/cancellation of their bookings through June 30, 2020. They do not need to pay the change/cancellation fee as well.
·Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
If the cancellation/change of a reservation is informed 24 hours before the arrival date, no fee will be charged. This is only applicable for bookings made between March 13, 2020, to September 30, 2020. However, for reservations made before March 13, 2020, can rebook without a fee up to 12 months from the original booking.
·Aranwa Cusco Boutique
The hotel allows full changes and cancellation of reservations if the arrival is before/on June 30, 2020. To be eligible for the free of cost cancellation/change, one needs to inform 24 hours prior to their arriving date.
If you still wish to travel around or already have a booking that needs cancellation or change, heads towards your company for better insights. We wish you good health during this pandemic and a save to travel to/from your destination.