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Travel agent suggests to wait before canceling vacations to see if airlines or cruises offer waivers

Posted at 7:07 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 02:53:26-05

DENVER — Betty Weller says she and her husband have been dreaming of their Greece trip for more than a year.

"It’s the history, it’s the Acropolis, it’s the islands, it’s the culture, the food," Weller said.

But as novel coronavirus cases spread around the world, across the country and now, across Colorado, Weller said doubt has taken over.

"If our cruise were tomorrow I’m pretty sure we would have second thoughts about going, but our cruise isn’t until the end of September so like Y2K, I’m hoping everything settles down and the panic and the paranoia," Weller said.

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The Weller's booked their trip with travel agent Steve Lord. Lord said it might be a good idea to wait before people cancel their trips.

"If the airline decided that they’re not going to put their clients at risk and cancels their trip way in advance, they’re going to give them a waiver either to re-book another trip to some other destination or perhaps to a new time date in the future," Lord said.

Lord added he's also been getting calls from people looking to book travel because of cheaper prices.

"We’re just as busy now with new bookings as we were with potential cancellations and having to talk to clients about the circumstance," he said.

For the Weller family, it is still a waiting game. They'll hold on as long as they can until their trip approaches before making a decision make a decision.