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LA Times, March 10 2020 – What will it cost to change your travel plans amid coronavirus fears?

LA Times, March 10 2020 – What will it cost to change your travel plans amid coronavirus fears?

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What if I bought travel insurance? Am I covered?

“Unfortunately, there is limited cancellation coverage [for coronavirus] under most standard travel insurance policies,” Kasara Barto of Squaremouth.com, a travel insurance comparison site, told The Times in an email. “Virus outbreaks do not fall under the standard cancellation reasons on most travel insurance.”

Travel editor Catharine Hamm took a deep dive in this Q&A about what coverage does and doesn’t mean. Insurers may have set a deadline by which you would have had to have purchased a policy that covers coronavirus. And even cancel-for-any-reason insurance doesn’t mean you’ll be fully reimbursed for nonrefundable travel costs; many such policies cover about 75% of what you paid.

Will I lose money if I cancel my Amtrak ticket?

No. Amtrak is allowing customers with existing or new reservations made before April 30 to change the date of their travel without paying change fees. Online users may log into their Amtrak.com account and select “modify trip” or call (800) 872-7245 to make the change. A fare difference may apply to your new itinerary.

Note too Amtrak is suspending three high-speed Acela routes between Washington, D.C., and New York City due to a fall-off in ridership blamed on coronavirus fears, according to media reports.

Read the full LA Times article online here: https://www.latimes.com/travel/story/2020-03-10/when-to-cancel-your-travel-plans-amid-coronavirus-fears