Labor Day travel plans: cancellation policies vary

By Diane Walker - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Uncertainty about Earl is making travel planning difficult for Labor Day weekend. If you plan on cancelling or shortening a trip, time may be running out on a refund. If you're having second thoughts about a trip to Virginia Beach or the Outer Banks, you should act now.

Because it's a holiday weekend hotels may require more advanced notice for cancellations. You should call ahead as soon as possible and find out the policy for the place you have reserved. Whether you've rented a beach house or a hotel room, you may have purchased renter's insurance, or trip insurance. If not, you may not get your money back, even if there is a mandatory evacuation.

Triple-A's Martha Meade says it's always a good idea to consider these factors, before you book.

"For the next time you book, make sure that you know what happens if you have to cancel- whether it's a hurricane or someone gets sick, or you have a flat tire. You can really lose your money if you're not well prepared," she said.

Meade says if you do plan on traveling into Earl's path make sure you're prepared for possible power outages and other emergencies. And, as always, be ready for heavy traffic. With the storm and the busy travel weekend it could be a long car ride. 

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