Will I get refund for my flight cancellation during coronavirus outbreak? You might have this question if you had booked your flight before the pandemic struck the globe.
Here we answer the most frequently asked questions on flight cancellation and refunds caused by Coronavirus outbreak and panic.
Fears of coronavirus spread are leading to many flight cancellations by the airlines and many people are cancelling the flights on their own.
4 FAQ’s on Flight cancellations during Coronavirus Outbreak
Many of us are cancelling our flights and travel plans, but are worried about the refunds. We try to give you the latest information on the status of flight cancellation refunds in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Here are the questions, we try to answer:
|What if the airlines cancel the flights?|
|What if you cancel the flight?|
|Will travel insurance cover flight cancellation costs?|
|How to get your cancellation refund/ Reschedule?|
1. Will I get refund for my flight cancellation during coronavirus outbreak if the airlines cancel the flights?
The United States and European Union have a regulation in place for cancellations by airlines. If your flight is departing from, arriving into or transiting the United States or European Union, you are eligible for a REFUND!
In India, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has urged airlines to waive off domestic flight cancellation and rescheduling fees for travellers,
In most other cases, airlines are offering refunds as e-credits and no-charge rescheduling. The airlines are allowing you to reschedule your flights to different destinations on different days in a specified period of time.
So, if you have booked your flight in or before March, you might be eligible for a refund for a flight cancelled by the airlines. This holds true for both International and domestic flights.
2. Will I get refund for my flight cancellation during coronavirus outbreak if you cancel the flight?
A lot of us are rethinking their plans for travel and ae wanting to cancel their fights. Most airlines are waiving change fees for travel impacted by Coronavirus.
However, only a few are offering refunds, that too as E-Credit! E-Credit can be used to book flights to different destinations on different days
So, if you have booked your flight in or before March, you might be eligible for a refund or at least a no fee rescheduling for your flight – International and domestic.
3. Will travel insurance cover flight cancellation costs due to Coronavirus?
There is a lot of confusion over this aspect. As per all the major travel insurance providers, travellers who had taken travel insurance policy before the massive outbreak are covered for cancellations by most insurers (unless specified otherwise).
If you book a flight now or after this, travel insurance will not cover the cancellation charges.
4. How to get your flight cancellation refund/ Reschedule?
To know whether or not you are eligible for flight cancellation refund and no fee rescheduling you need to do the following things:
- Visit the airlines’ website for official policy on cancellation. The airlines are updating their websites very frequently.
- Make changes to the booking made prior to or in March at least 3 days prior to your travel date. If you do not make the changes well in time, you might lose out on the chance of your refund/rescheduling claim.
- Call the customer care of your airlines around 3 days before the scheduled flight. If you can’t get through via phone, try their social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.
We encourage people to stay indoors and postpone all their non-essential travel plans for their safety and the safety of the others.
Stay Safe everyone 😊