The U.S. State Department had previously issued a travel alert advising citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Japan through at least April 1, 2011 due to the earthquake. That advisory has been lifted, but all airlines have some type of travel waiver in place to enable rebooking or cancelling current trips to Japan for a full refund, and I have compiled a summary below. Please note this is a fluid situation and you should contact your airline to confirm the waiver. I will attempt to update this chart as frequently as possible.
[Above chart updated Friday March 25, 2011]
Let me break down, for example, the first row. If you have a ticket on American to Tokyo between March 19th and April 30th, and you purchased your ticket on or before March 24th, you’re entitled to a full refund in the form of a travel voucher. If you still want to travel, you can change your ticket without a change fee (fare differences apply) if you travel by July 10th.
Also, notice American, Delta and Japan Airlines only covers flights to Tokyo (both Narita and Haneda airports) for a full refund, whereas ANA, Continental, Singapore and United cover the entire country. Continental is generously waiving both change fees and fare differences through April 30th, and American had done the same through March 18th. United is waiving the change fee and *may* waive the fare difference.
These waivers may continue to be adjusted with the changing conditions in Japan, and I’ll do my best to keep this chart updated. My deepest thoughts and support continue to be for everyone impacted by this awful tragedy.