Trip to Spain officially cancelled

I knew it was coming. First there was the news that the EU was not allowing travelers from the US. Then I got an e-mail from Norwegian Airlines. Our roundtrip flight to London-Gatwick in the fall was cancelled. While England is not a part of the EU, I figured that Norwegian would cancel the flight anyhow. The UK has announced that visitors must do a 14-day quarantine and not many people are going to want to do that.

Fortunately, the e-mail had a link to request a refund. I immediately filled it out and they have already sent a reply stating my refund has been processed and will be posted to my credit card. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ll check every day. I’m keeping all my correspondence in case it doesn’t come through. Norwegian has had a lot of financial difficulties and I’m more than a little worried. We took them last year to Europe and while the price was good, the service was not the best. I swore I wouldn’t fly on them again, yet I get sucked in to another good deal before Covid-19 struck.

Now I just have to wait and see what happens with my EasyJet flight. It might not be cancelled (London – Barcelona) but I did manage to find a refund request form specifically for passengers affected by Covid-19. I hadn’t yet booked our return flight from Madrid.

5 thoughts on “Trip to Spain officially cancelled

  1. I’m sorry that your trip to Spain was canceled; I lived and studied in Sevilla (Seville) for three months and was looking forward to reading about your trip.

    However, given the circumstances, I am not surprised. Even if the European Union had not banned Americans due to our inept (and heavily politicized) response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I don’t think it is a good time for anyone to sit in a plane with 200+ other passengers and breathing in such a confined space.

    I still remember how uncomfortable I felt at Disney Hollywood Studios during the two days that my significant other and I were there for my birthday in early March. Neither of us dared sneeze in the park, and even though we both enjoyed it – well, up to a point, because my feet were so sore after the first day that we had to get me a wheelchair for Day Two – it was still nerve-racking.

    I hope Norwegian Airlines refunds your tickets fully!

    Happy 4th of July, PJ!


  2. My daughter in England was going to Europe in July. It has been cancelled, and the money is being available as a credit for future travel. I think that is so unfair, but they are saying that they can’t pay back, as they have been using the money to keep their business afloat.


  3. Bummer! The more I read and understand, the more I just feel like 2020 is the year to explore locally and recall memories from past trips. It’s not the same, but it’s something. Our summer plans were the annual DR trip and then Peru. Both were of course cancelled.


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