Need to cancel your holiday travel plans amid COVID? Here’s the latest on changes and refunds

With California’s pandemic policies tightening, COVID-19 cases escalating and vaccines unlikely to reach most people until spring or later, many families are rethinking their holiday travel plans. “It’s time to cancel everything,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news conference Wednesday night.



a group of people standing next to a sign: A flight crew member at LAX on Nov. 23, just ahead of the Thanksgiving travel period. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)


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A flight crew member at LAX on Nov. 23, just ahead of the Thanksgiving travel period. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of health and human services, said Thursday the state is, in effect, telling, not asking, Californians to stop all nonessential travel. That includes canceling holiday travel plans, Ghaly said. The new requirements, to take effect Friday, were in response to stress on critical care services and hospital intensive care units. Details on how the state would enforce such a broad restriction remained unclear Thursday afternoon.

Here’s a quick look at how airlines,

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Refunds sought for 18% of tickets sold in Japan, organisers say

TOKYO (Reuters) – Refund requests have been made for around 18% of the tickets sold in Japan for the Tokyo Olympics, the organising committee said on Thursday.



a group of people standing in front of a large city: Olympic rings reinstallation at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo


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Olympic rings reinstallation at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo

Ticket holders in Japan were given the chance to ask for refunds because of the one-year postponement to the Games caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.



a person riding a bicycle next to a body of water: FILE PHOTO: Olympic rings reinstallation at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo


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FILE PHOTO: Olympic rings reinstallation at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo

Organisers said in a press release that refunds for roughly 810,000 tickets had been requested, out of a total of 4.45 million initially sold during the domestic lottery.



a fountain in front of a body of water: FILE PHOTO: The giant Olympic rings are illuminated after being reinstalled at Odaiba Marine Park, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID 19) outbreak, in Tokyo


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FILE PHOTO: The giant Olympic rings are illuminated after being reinstalled at Odaiba Marine Park, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID 19) outbreak, in Tokyo

Video: Christmas to be celebrated in a COVID-safe

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SOS: ‘Here We Go Again’: The tour and ticket refunds | Just Ask Us



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“Here We Go Again” is proving an especially prescient title for Cher’s latest tour, given how many requests SOS is getting for help obtaining ticket refunds for her Madison show that never was. 

As part of a tour that began in 2018, the 74-year-old pop diva was scheduled to play UW-Madison’s Kohl Center on April 9. With the advent of the coronavirus in March, the show was pushed back until Sept. 24. In July, with the pandemic as yet untamed, the show was postponed to a date as yet uncertain.

That’s been problematic for a lot of Cher fans, especially older ones. They include 71-year-old Delores Thomas, of Madison, who bought three tickets on Nov. 6, 2019, from Vivid Seats for her, her sister and her brother-in-law, for whom the concert was intended to be a birthday present.

Since then, she and her brother-in-law

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Passenger Anger Resurfaces Over Airline Vouchers, Not Refunds: Here’s What To Do

The issue of airlines offering vouchers and not refunds for unused flight tickets in the era of Covid-19 is resurfacing again—particularly as airlines will likely be grounded throughout the winter months.

However, there are ways to claim refunds in both the U.S. and the U.K. (provided below) which begins with knowing your rights.

U.K. consumer watchdog Which? reported that a number of passengers were given vouchers by airlines instead of refunds, despite the fact that they were unable to use them.

Which? is urging the government to review the Civil Aviation Authority’s power to make sure that they are in a position to stand up on behalf of passengers.

Refund Credit Notes were introduced to help airlines through a potential cash-flow crisis in the spring—they couldn’t have repaid all

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