Airlines Letting Passengers Cancel Flights to Zika Virus Areas

As the Zika virus spreads from South America into Caribbean island nations (including the U.S. Virgin Islands), airlines have begun letting passengers cancel flights without penalty.

If you or your partner are or could be pregnant, call the airline to learn if you can cancel for a full refund. The airlines are changing their policies on this daily, so Hang Up / Call Again (“HUCA”) tomorrow if you do not get a good answer today.

You can see a map from the Center for Disease Control showing areas of the United States where Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika virus are found.

Nations where the Zika virus have been found, according to the CDC:
Barbados
Bolivia
Brazil
Cape Verde
Colombia
Ecuador
El Salvador
French Guiana
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Martinique
Mexico
Panama
Paraguay
Puerto Rico
S. Martin
Samoa
Suriname
Venezuela

Mosquito, Photo by edans / Flickr

Fly NYC to Italy for $450 Round-Trip on Emirates, $454 on United

The Middle-Eastern airlines are coming at the American legacy carriers again with low fares (and superior service).

http://www.secretflying.com/2016/01/new-york-to-milan-italy-for-only-449-return-minimum-2-passengers/

Note that there have to be 2 or more people traveling together to get this low low fare.

United has a similar deal good for just one person (or more), as per DansDeals:

United: Newark To Milan Nonstop For $453.71 Round-Trip

2 People Traveling Together, Photo by mrhayata / Flickr

Hilton Adding New “Tru” Hotel Brand Later This Year

Aimed at younger guests, but may appeal to budget-minded travelers of all ages.

Sneak Peek: New Hilton Brand “Tru” Launches With 102 Hotels

Tru By Hilton: A New Desk-Less “Millennial” Hotel Brand

Will have showers but no tubs, free breakfast, free wi-fi. The rooms will have no closets and no desks, which is a deal-killer for many travelers…their intended audience is Millenials who prefer to work on their laptops in bed.

Million Mile Secrets blog has a good preview.

Another blogger’s take on the new brand: http://dealswelike.boardingarea.com/2016/01/27/a-new-hilton-brand-tru-coming-soon/

How to Get Your Free Breakfast at Hotels

Being able to go downstairs and eat a free breakfast in your hotel can save time (half an hour) and money ($20 for a couple, per day).

How to Get Free Breakfast at Hotels

This blogger has a collection of ideas for how to score a free breakfast. For example, stay at Holiday Inn Express (free breakfast) rather than Holiday Inn (no free breakfast).

This is good, money- and time-saving information.

Photo by Georgie R / Flickr