• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 51s

Airlines offer travelers ‘flexible travel policy’ for Zika-affected destinations

By KTVA CBS 11 News 4:58 PM February 1, 2016
ANCHORAGE –

For those planning on heading south of the border to escape winter over the next few weeks, news of the spread of the Zika virus through many South and Central American countries have some changing their travel plans. If you’ve already bought tickets aboard Alaska Airlines, they are offering a “flexible travel policy” for certain southern destinations.

Refunds or flights changes at no extra costs are available for passengers with tickets dated between Jan. 28 and Feb. 29 for the following destinations:

  • Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)
  • San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)
  • Cancun (CUN)
  • Guadalajara (GDL)
  • Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo (ZIH)
  • Loreto (LTO)
  • Los Cabos (SJD)
  • Manzanillo (ZLO)
  • Mazatlan (MZT)
  • Puerto Vallarta (PVR)

The listed destinations have been flagged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as locations affected by the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness with symptoms that include a fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes, according to a statement from Alaska Airlines.

“One in five people who get infected will develop symptoms,” Alaska Airlines officials wrote. “The illness is described as mild, with symptoms developing two to seven days after infection, and lasting anywhere from several days to a week.”

Women who are pregnant or believe they may be pregnant are discouraged from traveling to affected regions, as the Zika virus has been linked to birth defects.

Additional fare and taxes may apply to some ticket changes, depending on the new destination. Anyone with questions regarding their flights can contact Alaska Airlines reservations at 1-800-252-7522. Any new or modified travel plans must be made before Feb. 29, according to Alaska Airlines.

Delta Airlines has issued a similar notice to their customers, noting that some may qualify for “a change to alternate destinations, travel dates or a refund.”

To speak with a Delta Airlines reservations spokesperson, call 1-800-221-1212 before Feb. 29.

American Airlines said on their website that pregnant women and those traveling with them can request a refund for their flight outside the U.S.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Alaska roadkill thieves target dead moose meant for needy

    by Associated Press on Aug 24, 12:53

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Thieves coming across dead moose on Alaska roads are stealing the carcasses, making away with hundreds of pounds of meat that normally goes to a charity program run by state troopers. Two moose killed recently by cars or trucks were set to be picked up by the trooper-sponsored program that alerts […]

  • DayBreak

    Getting your foot in the door: Going too far to get noticed at a job interview

    by Daybreak Staff on Aug 24, 12:51

    Ever send a pizza to a prospective employer? Better yet, have you ever had your priest call them just to land a job? Come to work in a Halloween costume? Or, send a plant in a shoe to get your foot in the door. Those examples are true, and begs the question, how far is […]

  • DayBreak

    Workforce Wednesday: How UAA can help you get a new job

    by Daybreak Staff on Aug 24, 12:48

    The University of Alaska Anchorage can help you get a better a career in the long run, but did you know that you can actually get paid while you go to school? BethAnn Hoover, the Interim Director of Career Exploaration & Services for UAA and Martha Peck with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium stopped by […]

  • Lifestyle

    Is Pokémon Go already passé?

    by CBS News on Aug 24, 12:35

    Pokémon Go hit America with the force of a hyperactive rattata, but the augmented reality game may not be evolving the way its creators had hoped. Usage of the augmented reality game appears to have peaked, according to a research report from Axiom Capital Management analyst Victor Anthony. Active users on Pokémon Go have declined 35 […]

  • Politics

    State senator calls for legal review of recent primary election

    by Liz Raines on Aug 24, 11:52

    An Alaska state senator has called a hearing to review procedures and protocols used in last Tuesday’s primary election, following reports of irregularities at the polls, which include disparities in employee training, closure of polling places, a mistake in ballot distribution and data entry errors. Sen. Bill Stoltze is convening the Senate State Affairs committee […]

  • Sports

    Perfetto, Breton to return to Alaska Aces

    by Dave Goldman on Aug 24, 10:10

    The Alaska Aces have missed the playoffs the past (and only) two seasons in their 13 year history as a member of the Eastern Conference Hockey League. Their chance to reverse the trend this season took two steps in a positive direction Wednesday. The team announced the re-signing of forwards Justin Breton and Stephen Perfetto, […]

  • DayBreak

    NPS turns 100: Show us your national park pride

    by Daybreak Staff on Aug 24, 9:06

    On Thursday, Aug. 25, the National Park Service (NPS) turns 100 years old. This week’s milestone will mark the beginning of “a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs,” according to NPS’ website. Celebrations have already been marked with social media hashtags (#FindYourPark, #NPS100), […]

  • Crime

    Retired APD officer explains gang investigations in Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 24, 6:25

    The victim of a recent kidnapping has claimed that her abductors have gang affiliations and may even have been involved in a handful of Anchorage homicides this summer. The Anchorage Police Department has stated they have not been able to prove any of the homicides are connected or are related to gang activity. Retired APD […]