As hurricane season starts, suppliers extend trip protection plans

With the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season beginning tomorrow, resorts are racing faster than storm wind speeds to issue their severe weather policies regarding refunds and cancellations.

To the list already compiled, here are additional entries, all of which are valid through Nov. 30:

" Universal Orlando Resort in Florida will continue to offer its No Questions Asked policy this season, which allows guests to cancel or reschedule their vacations if any active, named storm affects their travel plans.

Guests who choose to cancel will be issued a complete refund, with (as the policy name states), no questions asked.

The resort said it will assist in rescheduling trips or issue a full refund if guests are unable to travel to Orlando due to an active, named storm.

Reservations must be booked through the resort at least seven days in advance and cancelled before 6 p.m. on the day prior to arrival. This policy does not apply to group rates.

Details, terms and conditions are available at

" Marriott International's Caribbean Travel Interruption Promise, introduced in July 2006, protects guests at its 16 resorts in nine Caribbean and Mexico beach destinations by offering a full refund or a one-category room upgrade for guests holding a confirmed reservation with a nonrefundable deposit who are unable to travel to the Marriott resort due to an airport or hotel closure related to a hurricane.

This policy does not apply to delayed or cancelled flights due to severe weather.

Guests who are registered at a participating Caribbean or Mexico resort where their stay is interrupted by a hurricane which directly hits the property (as defined and validated by the U.S. National Weather Service) will receive a complimentary three-night return stay valid for two years from their original travel dates.

Participating properties are located in Aruba, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; the Cayman Islands; Curacao; the Dominican Republic; St. Kitts; St. Thomas; Trinidad; and Puerto Rico. For details, visit

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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