Airlines are trying to adapt to the new situation created by the Coronavirus pandemic and they are introducing more flexible policies to help customers who need to postpone or cancel trips, as countries temporarily close their borders amid the COVID-19 pandemic and impose lockdowns and travel bans.
Customers of Air Canada can apply for credit of the same value that can be used towards travel before 31 December 2020 as the airline company is waiving cancellation fees flights booked before 4 March for travel scheduled to take place before 30 April 2020. One can cancel his flight two hours before the scheduled departure for free for flights that were booked after the 4th of March.
Alaska Airlines’ clients can rebook their trip without a charge fee if they purchased the tickets before 26 February for travel between 9 March and 30 April. Fare differences apply for tickets purchased between 27 February and 31 March and can also be rebooked without a travel fee for travel up to 28 February 2021.
Aer Lingus is Ireland’s main airline. It has recently changed the policy and they added a change policy to cover existing bookings, as well as new bookings. Online bookings made before 6 March and valid for travel up to 30 May, 2020 will not be subject to change fees according to this new policy. You can apply here for a full refund if your flight was cancelled.
All bookings made for travel through 31 May, can be changed free of charge up until 30 September 2020. The new travel date must begin no later than on or before 30 November 2020. If the same booking class is no longer available, the fare difference will apply. Customers whose flights have been cancelled can apply for a full refund.
Customers are invited to modify their bookings before 31 May, 2020. If you purchased a ticket on or before 3 April for travel between 23 February and 31 May, you can request by 31 May a change of date by 31 December, or a refund with a voucher for the same amount, valid for one year. Also, you can apply for a full refund if your flight has been cancelled.
Customers who purchased tickets before 1 March for travel through 30 April from American Airlines will be waived of charge fee. The offer is available on any of American’s fares and customers have until 31 December, though they must pay fare differences. These changes and refunds are available for any flights to Italy or South Korea purchased on or before 24 February 2020; on Hong Kong tickets purchased before 28 January 2020 and on China tickets purchased before 24 January 2020.
British Airways is waiving rebooking and cancellation fees for anyone due to travel before 31 May, 2020. Customers can cancel their booking and receive travel credit for the same value. Flights must be rebooked up to 12 months from the original flight date.
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