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What To Know When Cancelling Travel Plans Amid California's New Stay At Home Order
The state of California is playing no games when it comes to strict COVID-19 rules. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news conference last week, “It’s time to cancel everything.”
Officials are urging residents to put all nonessential travel to a halt, including nipping all holiday travel plans in the bud. The new requirements went into effect on Sunday in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Southern California and San Joaquin Valley regions.
If you had plans to travel this holiday season, here’s how you can effectively cancel:
If you had a flight booked with Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest and United, you’ll be able to rebook your flight or get a voucher for future travel.
You can also ask for a refund, but these requests can take a few months to process.
Every hotel is different, so you should check with the hotel you booked with on their specific cancellation policies.
Most hotels will allow you to cancel your reservation up to 24 hours prior to check in without being penalised.
If you booked holiday travel via a bus service like Greyhound, you’ll be allowed to postpone your trip until January 31st. Travelers will receive a credit voucher and it must be made at least 24 hours before your bus is scheduled to leave.
If you’re traveling via Amtrak, your change fees will be waived. You may be able to receive a refund or credit voucher based on the type of ticket purchased.
According to Airbnb’s website, their cancellation policies “are set by hosts and can vary.”
If the host or the traveler is sick with COVID-19, there will be a refund. However, if you’re healthy and want to cancel or reschedule because of new restrictions, the company is not likely to help with a refund.