I was actually planning to post a similar thread yesterday but our internet was weird and I can’t figure out how to start a thread from my phone.
I’m in a big quandary. We have a trip planned and booked for June. The plan is/was - My brother and his wife are flying in from England (we started alternating visits after Mum died). They are flying in to New Orleans and we are meeting them there. My daughter and her husband (who live an hour away from us) are coming and my son and his wife who live 20+ hours away from us are coming. 6 of us were spending 6 days in NO - son and wife just a long weekend cause they recently moved and are in new jobs. Then 6 go on to a cabin in Avery island area (Tabasco factory and other things plus a couple of peaceful days after the busy city). Daughter and sil leave for home. 4 of us go on to Tupelo for one night (Elvis birthplace), Memphis for a couple of days then Nashville. As my brother calls it - a little bit of jazz, a little bit of Rick and roll, a little bit of country.
All the VRBOs I booked except one are cancellable. I cancelled Tennessee early on because the balance due date was April. Nashville and Avery island I have till June.
The quandary is NO. I have a large deposit of $800 down (house that sleeps 8) and the balance of $1600+ is due in a couple if weeks. This was the one that was not cancellable. I bought insurance for it (4 old people in the group) but the insurance does not apply because it was booked after 1/29 and they say people could have anticipated a quarantine situation by then. I don’t think most of us were taking it seriously then. I sure wasn’t when I booked.
At present my brother and his wife’s plane tickets are outside the window of where the airline in the UK will refund based on travel restrictions (May 31). The NO house is also outside the window that VRBO is asking their landlords to refund or at least give a credit for deposits (also May 31).
So quandary is what to do when balance comes due. We absolutely want to do this trip - I was so excited especially when the kids all jumped on board. It’s rare the 8 of us can get together. But don’t know if June is really possible. I’m hoping the host will be willing to work with me and to at least give me a credit for the $800 for a later date. The house is lovely and well located so we would absolutely book there again. I don’t want to pay the $1600+ balance and risk losing that too. We don’t know if the UK will extend the stay at home and travel restrictions beyond the current (next review is May 7th I think he said,) enabling them to cancel their flights.
We’re in an awkward spot. Just outside the may 31 date wherever could get out money back on flights and house or at least a credit/voucher. More money coming due. Very uncertain that mid June will be safe for travel especially as my husband is 78 and has lots of health issues, brother is 69, I’m about to be 67.
If it gets where he can cancel his flights then I think we should postpone the trip. Hopefully VRBO host vwill work with us. If we don’t know the status of the flights by the date the VRBO balance is due, that’s where it gets really difficult to know what to do.
It’s a mess.
Oh and my husband has said he may not even come if we do decide to do it. He has COPD and heart and lung damage from a clot and targeted chemo radiation for esophageal cancer plus a host of other health issues. So very high risk