More Airlines and Amtrak Waive Fees Over Coronavirus
American Airlines and Delta Air Lines are the latest U.S. airlines to update their cancellations and waiver policies due to coronavirus. American is also canceling all service to Milan until further notice and Delta is suspending service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Milan for now.
Alaska Airlines and JetBlue have already waived these fees in the last few days as travelers are weary of booking any flights due to the virus spreading around the globe. United is offering one-time, fee-free trip changes for customers traveling to Italy, Hong Kong, South Korea and the Chinese cities of Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Wuhan. Hawaiian airlines is offering fee-free trip change if traveling to China until March 31, although flights to China haven’t been suspended.
Amtrak said it also is suspending change fees to accommodate concerned travelers, even though there are no coronavirus-related travel restrictions on the carrier.
Southwest Airlines is one of the only U.S. airlines that already doesn’t charge flight rescheduling or cancellation fees, so it is always a great option for those who might need to change or cancel flights.
Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Saturday reiterated that the risk of coronavirus in the United States remains low even as news spread over the weekend of the first deaths in the country and more cases on the West Coast.