Like other coronavirus lockdowns, France’s happened in slow motion. First, the museums closed. Then, about two weeks later, they shuttered the cafés and restaurants. And a week after that, authorities blocked access to the beach.
Today, Nice looks like it’s in a dystopian science fiction movie. The streets of this resort town on the French Riviera are virtually empty. There are police checkpoints around every corner and an 8 p.m. curfew.
Across Europe, cities like Nice have all but closed in an effort to contain the coronavirus. Their experiences offer a sobering preview of what may happen in the United States as the virus continues to spread.
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Did coronavirus just kill frequent flier programs? If you ask someone like Joan Skerritt, the answer is “yes.”
Last week, she asked United Airlines to refund an award ticket she’d booked for her daughter to Europe next month. The airline demanded a $125 fee to return the miles.
“United is penalizing its most loyal customers,” says Skerritt, a grant writer from Oak Hill, Va.
It’s hardly an isolated complaint. I’ve received a barrage of them from frequent travelers since the coronavirus crisis began. They want refunds but aren’t getting them.
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The coronavirus scare has everyone asking how to get an airline ticket refund. Specifically, they want to know how to get a refund on a nonrefundable ticket.
Short answer: you can sometimes get a full refund, even if your ticket is nonrefundable.
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Face it, you need a vacation! All the doom-and-gloom headlines about the collapsing economy and worldwide infections are enough to stress anyone out. But how do you plan a vacation during the coronavirus pandemic?
“Summer travel is such an indispensable part of contemporary lifestyle that most American tourists will not easily give up,” says Robert Li, director of Temple University’s U.S.-Asia Center for Tourism & Hospitality Research.
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Want to cancel your vacation because of coronavirus? Airlines, cruise lines and hotels say they care about you and claim to have the most lenient refund policies.
Consider what happened to Gianna Fornesi. She prepaid her rooms at the Hilton San Jose for a conference this month. But last week, organizers canceled the event. Santa Clara County is a coronavirus “hot zone” and has banned gatherings with more than 1,000 attendees.
But Hilton still refused to refund the room, she says.
Note: Remember, my advocates and I are always here to help you. Here’s how to contact us if you are having a problem with a coronavirus refund.
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