Coronavirus: What to do if your upcoming travels are impacted by the virus

With global concerns surrounding the Coronavirus on the rise, many people are hesitant to keep their travel plans.

Consumer Advisor Clark Howard says many cruise lines are changing their policies when it comes to cancellations.

Some major cruise lines are now letting people cancel their plans up to two days before you travel.

You can also take that money and roll it forward towards another trip when you feel more comfortable going.

"This is a smart decision, and every travel player in the business needs to go to full-changeability without penalty", says Howard.

He recommends taking a closer look at booking and cancellation policies for flights and cruises if you haven't planned your trip yet.

And if you get travel insurance, keep in mind that it is more expensive, but it allows you to cancel at any time for any reason.

According to Howard, you won't get all of your money back, but you will get most of it back.

If you've already booked a trip and you're afraid to go, Howard recommends contacting the airline.

He says, "If you're told no the first time, you contact them again and again and again. The same with the tour operator or the cruise line, because these policies have been changing continually every week, so a "no" today could become a "maybe" or a "yes" tomorrow".

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