Some U.S. airlines are offering refunds
to customers flying to countries where Zika virus has been reported.
United said customers traveling to an affected country will
be afforded the chance to rebook at a later date or get a full refund.
A JetBlue spokesperson
said the airline will give refunds or rebookings to customers who are concerned
about traveling to areas where the virus has been reported.
American said it continues to monitor the
situation, and is currently offering refunds to customers traveling to Brazil,
Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama,
Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Customers must provide a doctor’s note stating they
cannot travel to those cities because they are pregnant.
Delta said customers
traveling to areas affected by Zika should call the airline as they may qualify for changes to their destination or
travel dates, or a refund. The airline said it is waiving fees to changes in future
reservations, but changes need to be made by Feb. 29.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised pregnant women to consider postponing travel to some Caribbean and Latin American destinations because Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, has been linked to brain damage in newborns.
This report was updated twice on Wednesday with information about JetBlue and Delta.