Cheap Flights and Essential Travel Deals

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"Spend less on essential travel."

Editor Wendy, 12 days ago


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Seniors are the most at risk of suffering the worst effects of COVID-19. In light of the recent travel restrictions, in keeping with the U.S. government's efforts to curtail the spread of the disease and to underscore the importance of staying home, Senior Discounts Club is temporarily shifting the focus of this travel deals list away from vacations and getaways.

Please avoid any travel if you can. Otherwise, the deals here should allow you to book essential travel for less.

Important Note: Please note that many airlines have implemented "no mask, no travel, no exceptions" policies. Travelers who do not abide by these policies will be denied the opportunity to board. After repeated warnings, the removal or refusal to wear a mask while onboard may cause the issuance of a yellow travel card that will immediately suspend the guest's itinerary and cancel all connecting and return flights, as well as any already future trips the guest has booked. Unused travel will be refunded in full, but the guest will have to make their own travel arrangements from the point of disembarkation.

If you believe you have a medical condition that precludes you from wearing a mask, avoid air travel at all costs to avoid potentially costly and time consuming inconveniences. Abide by federal and state travel restrictions, and follow the travel guidelines imposed by individual air travel operators as well.

Traveling doesn't need to be expensive! Here, you can find all the best deals on flights, hotels, package vacations and car rentals. It's time to pack your suitcase.

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Amtrak has made adjustments to its service, with reduced schedules in some areas and canceled services along some lines. Learn more about these service modifications here: Service Adjustments Due to Coronavirus.


Alaska Airlines:

Alaska Airlines is offering to waive all change and cancellation fees for flights booked before Dec. 31. The details are available here: Travel Advisories.


The United Arab Emirates has reopened passenger travel to a limited scale. Emirates has resumed passenger flights to 30 international destinations. Return flights are now available. Find out more about the resumed flights here: Travel Updates.

Frontier Airlines:

Frontier Airlines has lifted all fees for customers who want to change their travel plans for flights taking place at 60 days before departure, with fees scaling up to $119 the closer to departure the change is made. However, until Sept. 30, travelers can make changes to their itinerary once without incurring a fee. Find out if your flight is covered and how to take advantage of the offer here: Online Option to Change and Cancel Flights With No Fees


JetBlue is suspending change and cancellation fees on existing bookings for travelers scheduled to fly until Oct. 15. Change and cancellation fees for new bookings made until Oct. 15 are also suspended. Find out more here: Travel Alerts.

Hawaiian Airlines:

Qatar Airways:

Qatar Airways has changed or cancelled some flight services. Affected travelers can rebook their tickets or opt to receive a voucher for future travel. To find out if your flight is affected, check your flight status here: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Latest Updates.

The airline is also offering travel date changes free of charge for existing and new bookings until Dec. 31. You can also opt to exchange your booking for a future travel voucher. Any change must be made at least three days before departure. Find out more here: Travel With Confidence.

Southwest Airlines:

Southwest is suspending travel to select destinations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. These destinations are listed here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Information.

As always, Southwest does not charge for change or cancellation as long as you finalize your changes at least 10 minutes before the scheduled departure. More information is provided at the same website above.

Spirit Airlines:

Spirit Airlines implemented the CDC's recommended travel restrictions for some destinations. Affected travelers can contact Spirit to request a change to their travel plans. Spirit will provided a six-month reservation credit to anyone making changes to new and existing bookings while COVID-19 travel advisories are in place. The reservation credits can be used to book a new flight right away or can be held for a period of up to six months before being forfeit and used on future flights or other options. Find out more here: Spirit Airlines COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information Center

United Airlines:

United Airlines has lifted change fees for all flights booked through Aug. 31. Find out more about the airline's coronavirus policy and the travel advisories in place here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates.





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Car Rentals

Budget Car Rental:

Budget is now letting customers modify or cancel their reservations for free. Travelers who book new reservations and choose the "Pay Later" option can also cancel or modify their reservations for free at any time. Read more about the policy change here: Coronavirus: Traveling Safely and Flexibly.

Dollar Rent-A-Car:

Dollar is offering free cancellations to travelers who pre-paid their rentals prior to March 13. You can transfer your balance to a future booking, which must be made within 24 months. Find out more here: Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Enterprise has extended its existing no-fee cancellation policy to travellers who pre-paid their rentals directly. Some of the company's branches are also closed. Read more about Enterprise's COVID-19 measures here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update From Enterprise.


Hertz is waiving cancellation and change fees for prepaid reservations in travel-restricted areas. All prepaid reservations booked before March 13 can now postponed and their credits put toward future reservations up to 24 months into the future. "Pay Later" reservations continue to enjoy no cancellation fees. Learn more here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory.


Hotwire offers free online self-cancellations for any travel, including car rentals, at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled travel date. Find out more and access the self-cancellation page here: Coronavirus Travel.

Thrifty Car Rental:

Thrifty is offering travelers free cancellations on pre-paid their rentals prior to March 13. You can transfer your balance to a future booking, which must be made within 24 months. Learn more about the update here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory.

Note: These travel deals may expire at any time so don't wait too long to book!

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