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US Airways to refund travelers fearing swine flu

Bought a ticket to Mexico and now you're thinking it's a no go because of the swine flu? You're smart. And you're lucky if you purchased your ticket from US Airways. The airline has issued a travel advisory for Mexico and will issue a credit to ticketholders, allowing them to book another flight to, presumably, a different destination, within seven days of the origination date. The airline is also waiving any change fees. Now, you must be holding airline tickets to Mexico City for travel through April 30. If you bought your tickets through a third-party site like Travelocity or Orbitz, call them to see what the policy is.

US Airways is the first airline I've heard of to offer this, but others will likely follow. Especially if the U.S. issues a travel advisory for Mexico - I can't see how they won't do that, possibly as soon as today, since cases of swine flu appear to be spreading. Some places are already checking travelers' temperatures before allowing them into the country. If I had travel planned for Mexico over the next 14 days or so, I'd certainly be calling the airline, hotel and checking out my options.

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A few resources: check out Google's swine flu outbreak map. Also, CDC has some good travel health information that's being updated frequently. 

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