Carriers in the United States are offering travel waivers for Seoul flights in response to the announcement that thousands of coronavirus cases have been reported in South Korea. Travelers with flights booked through American, Delta and United will all have change fees and fare differences waived through the spring. Here's the rundown for dates from the nation's three legacy carriers:
- The American Airlines waiver is good for flights to Seoul through April 24 if tickets are rebooked for travel before June 30.
- The Delta Air Lines waiver is good for flights to Seoul through April 30 if tickets are rebooked for travel before May 31.
- The United Airlines waiver is good for flights to Seoul through June 30 if tickets are rebooked for travel before June 30.
These dates could change if the situation surrounding the coronavirus worsens in the weeks to come. Travelers do have the option to rebook travel for places other than Seoul without incurring change fees. However, fare differences will apply when travelers book flights to destinations other than Seoul. Carriers throughout the United States have already reduced service to destinations throughout Asia in response to the coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 advisory for travel to South Korea last week. That means that all nonessential travel should be avoided. Travelers who have booked itineraries that include South Korea should contact their airlines to learn more about the options that are available for canceling or rebooking travel plans.