Omicron Warning for Travel Cancellations — How To Get Your Money Back

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Raise your hand if you’ve heard this one before: The rapidly spreading Omicron variant is threatening to wreak havoc on travel plans in the United States, and many would-be travelers must decide whether or not to cancel their plans — and how to recoup their money if they do.

For now, it looks like most travelers intend to stay the course rather than cancel, even as health experts expect record coronavirus numbers this winter. Many of those same experts have voiced cautious optimism about travel conditions.

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease specialist, said over the weekend that people with vaccinations and boosters can proceed with their travel plans as long as they follow precautions, the Washington Post reported. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins told CBS he wouldn’t advise against travel, but that people who do so should proceed “very carefully.”

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Meanwhile, as GOBankingRates recently reported, the Transportation Security Administration expects “near pre-pandemic travel volumes” to continue through the Christmas season.

At the same time, some agencies advise certain travelers to forego certain trips. The Centers for Disease Control advised against international travel until a person is fully vaccinated, The New York Times reported. The World Health Organization recommended that people who are not fully vaccinated, have not previously been infected, are 60 years or older or have certain medical conditions should postpone trips to regions with community transmission.

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If you are forced to cancel a trip, here are some pointers outlined by the Washington Post on how to get your money back, or at least not face a total financial loss:

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