Published on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

US airlines waive change fees for South Korea flights

With South Korea becoming a new hotbed of COVID-19 infection, US airlines are waiving cancellation and change fees for worried fliers.

Delta Air Lines passengers booked on flights to Seoul Incheon  through April 30 can make changes for later flights until May 31 or seek a full refund.

Chicago based United Airlines is also waiving fees for changing flights through April 30.

Customers may change the departure or destination city but a difference in fare may apply.  

All waivers are valid for tickets bought by February 23, 2020.

United will still continue flying to South Korea despite the number of coronavirus case surpassing 900.

There have been eight deaths so far.

United offers the most capacity to Asia from the US but its trans-Pacific routes outside of China have declined 75% in the past few days.

It suspended its full-year guidance due to the uncertainty over the outbreak.

American Airline's waiver is valid through April 24 offering free flight changes and the option to receive a full refund.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Level 3 travel advisory for South Korea, advising everyone to avoid nonessential travel.

Carriers across Asia Pacific have begun postponing flights including Vietnam's Bamboo Airways, Air New Zealand, JAL and budget airline AirAsia.

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