Alaska Air and JetBlue waiving all change and cancellation fees

As the Coronovirus pandemic has begin to take shape in the States, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue have issued similar travel waivers across the board, eliminating change and cancellation fees for all flights with travel dates through June 1, 2020. 

As noted under the terms and conditions of Alaska's "Peace of mind waiver", all flights booked between February 27 and March 12, 2020 will have no change fees, though the difference in fare will still apply.  And canceling a non-refundable ticket would result in the credit being applied to your travel fund for a future flight, which must be completed by December 31, 2020.

JetBlue's waiver differs slightly only in that the booking window is February 27 to March 11, 2020.  And credit for non-refundable tickets is deposited into your Travel Bank Credit, which is good for up to one year from the date of issuance.

It's too bad that these waivers don't apply to flights booked before February 27.  These new waivers are obviously in place as the carriers hope to generate more revenue, and the freedom to cancel or change flights without a fee could spur more passengers to book flights at will.  It's a smart move as you may end up booking trips that you may have not otherwise taken, though it can still be considered a win-win situation for the carriers and their customers.

Quick thoughts

Alaska and JetBlue's new travel waivers are pretty generous, especially considering that they don't fly internationally to any of the higher risk areas in Asia.  As the public is definitely shying away from traveling due to the Coronovirus outbreak, both carriers are attempting to calm the nerves by allowing for these free changes and cancellations.  Will you be more inclined to book with Alaska or JetBlue knowing that you'll have much more booking flexibility?

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