If you're planning to travel any time in the near future, there's a good chance that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, is on your mind, and understandably. Governments have imposed travel restrictions, major events have been called off, and airlines are scaling back service to countries with high numbers of cases. With that in mind, major carriers are temporarily doing away with their usual penalties for changing or canceling your flights.
Popular airlines -- from domestic favorites like Delta to international ones like British Airways -- have issued new policies in response to the virus' spread across the globe. The idea is that if you're concerned about traveling due to coronavirus and don't want to take any chances, you can change your plans without having to deal with any additional fees. For many of these airlines, the waiver applies to both domestic and international trips -- and not just flights to countries with travel restrictions or warning, such as China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. For example, if you're flying from New York to San Francisco on JetBlue, you can cancel or change your flight for free if it's before June 1 and if you booked it before March 11.
Keep in mind that the coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation. Additional changes to the way we move about the country and the world can happen at any time. Your best bet is to read up on the latest travel information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The World Health Organization (WHO) is also issuing travel advice updates as the world's response to the outbreak continues to develop. Of course, there's a chance that airlines will update or revise their policies again based on the latest information, but for now, here's what you should know: