You’re likely one of the many travelers whose travel plans were canceled or otherwise impacted by COVID-19. With most locales around the world enforcing stay-at-home orders and travel bans, not to mention the threat of the virus itself, going somewhere for business or pleasure is likely out of the question for the foreseeable future.
So how can you go about getting a travel refund during the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are a few tips.
1. Push Your Trip Back (Even If You Don’t Know When)
For some, you may be considering getting a travel refund but not canceling your trip altogether. If you know you’ll be flying or traveling to a destination at a later date, even if you don’t know when that date might be, consider delaying your trip, but not canceling it altogether.
2. Look At Companies Impacting Your Travel
You may be able to get a refund from some, but not all. This would be the case if you booked your travel through a third party, such as Hotwire, Expedia and other online travel agencies.
For example, while your hotel might not offer you a full refund for canceled travel, Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz are offering full refunds for those who booked hotels in select countries. The countries include China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Israel, Marshall Islands, El Salvador, Denmark, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Oman, India, Poland, Cyprus, Ukraine and Italy. More countries are being added to the list regularly.