Are you disappointed because your travel plans have been interrupted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak? We understand, and AAA travel advisors are standing by to help. As a AAA member, your benefits include access to a team of travel professionals, so even if you booked travel elsewhere we will do our best to provide guidance on your trip. During these difficult times, we’re here to help.
We encourage you to call your travel advisor with any questions or concerns.
Your advisor can walk you through travel alternatives. Instead of canceling, you may have options like changing your itinerary, dates or destination. If you would like to make changes your travel plans, we can research future dates and obtain cruise or tour credits for later use. Future travel credits will vary by supplier, and there will be a time frame in which they must be used. Postponing your trip may help you avoid cancellation penalties, and you’ll have more time to make plans. The best part of postponing—not canceling—is that some partners are providing perks and added value to use toward your new date.
Because of the COVID-19 situation, many cruise lines, tour companies and airlines are changing their cancellation policies. AAA travel advisors are in constant contact with our partners, keeping abreast of changes so we can communicate them to you. For example, one cruise line has changed its cancellation policy from 90 days prior to departure to 30 days; another changed its policy to 7 days prior to departure. The situation is evolving, so rushing to cancel a trip that is scheduled for later this year or next year may not be your best option. Talk with your advisor about your cancellation option(s) if that is your choice.
If you purchased travel insurance offered through AAA or are considering purchasing a policy offered through AAA for future travel, your advisor can assist with some basic questions. For detailed policy questions and COVID-19 coverage inquiries, your advisor will direct you to Allianz or your other insurance provider for the most up-to-date information. If you have a policy through Allianz, you can find more information on their website.
Many travel companies are planning specials and offers to entice people to travel again. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, your travel advisor can keep you informed, especially if you are canceling a trip now and will be using future travel credits.
Your travel advisor can make it all happen. Together, we’ll sort out a resolution for your travel plans and situation. Once you get answers regarding your alternatives, travel changes, and cancellation or rescheduling options, your advisor will make the adjustments and confirm your new plans. It’s that easy.
A recent AAA survey found that Americans still see advantages in working with a traditional travel advisor, despite the rise of online booking sites that allow travelers to plan and book vacations on their own.
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