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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Travel Advisory: RV Rental Cancellation Policies

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Adventure Touring sends our regards to our customers during these uncertain times. Our principal focus at this time is the health and wellbeing of our customers. The COVID-19 virus has brought many changes and unexpected challenges to all of us. Including, highly impacting the travel industry. (Included below is a list of updated CoronaVirus RV Rental cancellation policies).

With travel across the nation coming to a halt our reservations team is working hard to work through hundreds of cancellations. Adventure Touring and our rental partners are doing the best we can to meet the needs of our customers at this time. Due to the high volume of cancellations, processing, and sorting, individual cases are taking much longer than our normal, high standard of service we pride ourselves on. Thank you for your continued support and rest assured we are working hard to process every case. Trust that our reservations team will respond to each of you as soon as we can.

Please note many of our rental partners are still operating and that a 14-day campervan trip does meet the requirements of self-isolation. 

With recent travel restrictions imposed by a number of countries, we wanted to share the revised cancellation policies of our rental partners and how they may impact your booking. Please be aware of the pre-emptive steps undertaken by our partners to continue to ensure that all RV’s are being both disinfected and fully sanitized.

We will continue to update as we receive new information. Suppliers are refining their Terms and Conditions on an ongoing basis as Governments amend policy on the movement of people. Please stay healthy and take care.

Government Information and Support for COVID-19

 

CORONAVIRUS RV Cancellation Policies

APOLLO RV Rental COVID19 Update (Updated March 30)

https://www.apollorv.com/covid-19.aspx

With frequent changes being announced in the USA, our branches have a limited operation and physical presence. We are helping businesses to provide essential services for mobile self-isolation units and continue to offer support to any guests on the road.

We strongly advise you to call our branches if you have an inquiry.  Please do not turn up unannounced as we may not have a member ready to help you at that time.

Upcoming Bookings 

If you have an upcoming booking in May, contact us at [email protected] to discuss rebooking or cancellation options.

If your booking is in the summer months June-October and you have concerns about travel, you can contact our team to discuss options of cancellation and changes. Email us at [email protected]  You will appreciate we are handling many guest queries and will prioritize those with the most imminent travel dates.

If you have booked through a travel agent or tour operator, please contact them directly.

We are currently experiencing an extremely high number of calls and emails regarding bookings and cancellations. Thank you for your continued support and patience while we work through these. We are prioritizing cancellations and changes by travel date and are working as quickly as we can.

Apollo’s commitment to you

Guest experience and safety has always been our number one priority.  We consult with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Centres for Disease control (CDC)and other agencies to ensure we are aligned with the latest information to help us make the best decisions for our Guests and Cast. You can get the latest information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Keeping you updated

If you have an upcoming reservation, please make sure we have all your details by logging into Web Check-in so that we can stay in touch with you.

Self-isolation

We appreciate that many people are having to self-isolate for many reasons such as:

  • returning to the USA from a high-risk country
  • reduce contact with your family/elderly parents who live with you
  • You just want to get away from it all …

Why not take an Apollo RV and go wherever you wish? You can stay close to home and plug in on your drive or head off to explore the USA, there are plenty of places to
escape the crowds.

Talk to our team today about how we can help you.

Apollo has several options for Guests to choose:

  1. Rebook to a future date in the 2020 season, where the value of their current booking will be credited for them to use on the new trip, subject to availability. Any special offers given at that time would also be carried over or if a new offer was better they would receive the better option. Any increase/decrease will be applied to the new booking.Where guests booked a relocation offer/special offer which is not available for their new selected dates, Apollo will credit the value of the booking to a new booking and any additional charges will be applied to the new booking.
  2. Rebook to a future date in the 2021 season, where Apollo will reprice the new trip details based on the new prices for the 2021 season giving the new early booking offers for the new dates of travel. Change of location/units are also permitted in this rebooking process. Any increase in price will be charged to the guest.
  3. Rebook in a different Apollo destination: As a Global RV company, Apollo are also happy for Guests within this restricted period to move their booking to another Apollo destination in their own country where they can still travel (Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, UK & Ireland) for travel up to 31st March 2021. Apollo will carry over the value of their existing booking into the new booking at the current exchange rate, any increase in price would be charged to the guest.
  4. If Guests wish to cancel with no rebooking, Apollo will waive cancellation fees.

Guests traveling to the USA from countries with Government restrictions for pick up after 01 May 2020

  1. Apollo is happy to move the booking to a new date in 2020 or in 2021 as outlined on the previous page, points 1, 2 and 3.
  2. Apollo is happy to cancel the reservation for the standard cancellation fee $100 + tax. However, if the guest subsequently rebooks before 31st October 2020, a future rental for travel in 2020 or 2021, Apollo are happy to credit the cancellation fee to the new booking.

Guests who are residents of Canada/USA

Where Guests live in the USA and are still able to travel or where they are due to travel to/from a country where there are currently no travel restrictions Apollo is maintaining our standard cancelation policy and rebooking options 1, 2 and 3 above also apply.

New North America bookings

Apollo do want new bookings to be made with confidence, any new bookings made up to 30th April 2020 for the travel period up to 31st October 2020, Apollo will offer flexibility on new reservations such that if the travel restrictions continue making their travel impossible Apollo will:

  1. Allow rebooking to another date up to 31st March 2022 (as per points 1,2 and 3 above)
  2. Or waive the cancellation fee with a full refund

 

JUCY RV Rentals COVID-19 Update

https://www.jucyusa.com/covid-19-update/

JUCY is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our customers, employees and community. We are closely monitoring the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and guidance from our government as to how best to respond to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Our team are working tirelessly to ensure that our customers and partners continue to receive the high-level of JUCY customer care that we are renowned for – and to our team, we thank you for your resilience, patience and professionalism during this unprecedented situation.

Further to the COVID-19 travel restrictions that have been put in place for travel into Australia and the USA, please be advised that effective immediately JUCY have updated their cancellation policy and the following will apply for all existing and new bookings:

  • Standard cancellation fees will now apply to all cancellations including those due to pick up between now and 30th March 2020 if the booking is cancelled.
  • If the customer decides to defer travel, JUCY will offer flexibility to use the value of the booking towards a future booking up until 31st March 2021 and a credit will be held against the existing booking number until new dates are determined.
  • For pickups between now and 30th April 2020, JUCY have also applied this option to offer greater flexibility, which includes offering a credit for future booking if the customer decides to cancel.
  • If the customer decides to rebook with new dates, the value of the booking will be carried over and deducted from the new price, if the booking value of new booking is lower than the credit, no refunds will be offered.
  • For all the customers on hire now, there is no refund for unused days if they return early and one-way fee or/and unauthorized drop off fee will be applicable if they choose to return the vehicle to a JUCY location not originally booked.
  • Standard cancellation policy applies to domestic clients, i.e. clients who have reservations in their respective country.

BUDGET CAMPERS Update

With the ongoing uncertainty being experienced with the Covoid-19 (Coronavirus) Budget, Freedom and Tui Campers are giving the very highest priorty to the health and safety for all of their customers and staff. With regard to that they have made changes to our cancellation policy, which of course is subject to continued change as the global situation evolves.

Today, Monday 16th March 2020, bookings can be transferred to a future date, with completion by 20 December 2020. There will be no charge for these date changes, however, any rate increase will be applicable. We will hold and transfer the current value of the hire to a new booking; there will be no refund of any reduced days or if the daily rate is less than what is being paid now. The benefit is that you do not suffer any loss of deposit or booking fees and the exchange rate does not alter for this portion of your hire costs.

Alternatively, if you wish to cancel and be refunded, then standard cancellation fees will apply.

CANCELLATIONS

Once a booking has been confirmed and a deposit paid the booking is considered live and is subject to the cancellation policy. The deposit is forfeited if bookings are cancelled 29 days and over of departure.

  • 29 days and over deposit retained
  • 20 – 29 days 20% of total reservation cost
  • 10 – 19 days 40% of total reservation cost
  • 1 – 9 days 75% of total reservation cost
  • No Show 100% of total reservation cost

In all cases the minimum amount retained is the deposit.

CRUISE AMERICA & CANADA (Updated 24-Mar-20)

We continue to monitor the situation closely with regards to the travel ban and restrictions surrounding Covid-19 for International travelers affected travelling to the USA and Canada and have now updated our policy for reservations and cancellations to all Cruise America & Cruise Canada departures as follows:

  • Cancellations: For all Cruise America and Cruise Canada departures (for International travelers affected) booked to depart through to May 31st, 2020, Cruise America and Cruise Canada shall waive ALL cancellation fees.
  • Reservations Changes and Re-bookings (with 20% discount!): For all departures during this period (for International travelers affected) booked to depart through to May 31st, 2020, Cruise America & Cruise Canada will be happy to modify or change any bookings during this departure period to any other dates during the 2020 season. In the cases where clients are willing and able to rebook their trips, we will offer a 20% discount on daily flexrate and mileage from the current Cruise America & Cruise Canada offer at the time of rebooking.

Details of Re-booking offer with 20% discount:

  • We do understand that due to European Travel regulations, some tour operators may have no choice but to cancel every booking during the official travel ban period (currently in effect through April 12th). In these cases, if the client cancels and then re-books, we will treat this the same as a change or modification and we will happily honor the 20% incentive mentioned above.
  • If the affected booking is a one-way, a one-way approval will be necessary before the re-booking can be confirmed.
  • Group bookings are not included in the above offer – please contact Cruise America / Cruise Canada reservations directly to discuss re-booking options for existing Groups.
  • Example: Client A is scheduled to depart April 1st for 20 day rental from LAX to LAX. Client A elects to change the reservation or cancels and re-books the reservation for departure June 15th for a 20 day rental from LAX to LAX. In this case, all terms of the new departure dates as per Cruise America’s (or Cruise Canada for Canadian rentals) current program (current published flexrates, current specials, etc.) shall apply, less 20% discount on all time and miles.

TRAVELLERS AUTOBARN RV (Updated 24-Mar-20)

This advice provides guidance for people wishing to defer travel, cancel bookings, return their vehicle early, those affected by Travel Restrictions and mandatory 14-day self-isolation and serves to inform customers of what we are doing at Travellers Autobarn to protect our customers and our staff.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

Travellers Autobarn will remain open for business, we would also like you to know we have your back and have amended our cancellation policy to allow much support and comfort as we can during these difficult times. Our normal terms and conditions still apply, outside of these changes.

Rest assured that if you book now (up to June 30) and change your mind we will not be charging you a cancellation fee if you later change your mind or are prevented from travelling. All deposits and fees can be converted to credit vouchers for use at a later date. All credit vouchers can be used in all countries (AUSTRALIA, NZ & USA) without any date restrictions.

Travellers Autobarn have released the following links regarding their special terms and conditions regarding COVID-19.

 

Here at Adventure Touring we look forward to a brighter future and know that together we will all get through these challenging times. We will continue to make updates on the CoronaVirus RV cancellation policies. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please stay healthy and take care.

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Things to do in New York

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Things to do in New York

There are so many things to do in New York City, where do you start? Rent an RV, and grab a campsite close to the city and start crossing these great things to do off of your list.

Metropolitan Museum of Art – wander through the corridors of this museum exploring 5000 years of history. There is so much to see here that it is a good idea to plan which exhibits you would like to see unless of course, you would like to spend your whole vacation inspecting these halls. 1000 5th Ave, New York NY.

Times Square – when people think of New York, Times Square is one of the first things that comes to mind. From watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve to the billboards with underwear models, Times Square welcomes hundreds of thousands of people over its sidewalks every day. Manhattan New York.

The Empire State Building – this has been the setting for many on-screen romantic scenes and who knows how many real-life marriage proposals. You could climb the 1576 stairs to the observation deck on the 86th floor, or you could take the elevator. 350 5th Ave, New York NY.

Museum of Modern Art – MoMA is a wonderful collection of some of history’s most famous and recognizable artworks. From van Gogh to Matisse this is a place that you will want to spend the afternoon. 11 W 53rd St, New York NY.

Statue of Liberty – there are a few things that every tourist must do when visiting New York City and the Statue of Liberty is one of them. Take the ferry over to Ellis Island, wander the grounds, and grab a bite to eat. New York City NY.

9/11 Memorial – stop and take a moment of reflection at the 30-foot waterfalls that sit where the World Trade Center used to stand. The falls commemorate the 2,983 people that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. 180 Greenwich St, New York NY.

Broadway – what is a trip to the Big Apple without at least one Broadway show. Just think of all the famous Broadway shows there have been, from Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Wicked, Mamma Mia and The Lion King there is a musical for everyone of every age. Over 30 theatres surrounding Times Square, New York NY.

Madame Tussauds – a wax museum with 5 floors and over 200 wax statues. See Marvel superheroes like Iron Man and Captain America, or pop icon Michael Jackson. 234 W 32nd St, New York NY.

Things to do with Kids in New York

When traveling with kids it is important to keep them busy. There is a list of things that the kids will like to do when they are not hanging out at the campsite with the rental RV.

Grand Central Station – as you are rushing through the terminal stop and lookup. Painted high above the hustle is the celestial sky. Just don’t base a science lesson on it as it is technically inaccurate. 89 E 42nd St, New York NY.

The High Line – walk the 20 blocks along the abandoned train tracks. There are free weekly drop-in workshops for kids during the summer. Many access points on 10th Ave, New York NY.

American Museum of Natural History – home to dinosaur, sea creature and artifact displays. It is also the home of the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Central Park West & 79th St, New York NY.

New York Hall of Science – there are hundreds of hands-on exhibits where kids can learn about science, technology, and math. 47-01 111th St, Queens New York.

New Victory Theatre – from breathtaking new plays with huge puppets to the bottom of the ocean or ancient Rome this theatre will keep everyone’s attention. 209 W 42nd St, New York NY.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular – Since 1993 the Radio City Rockets have been dazzling audiences with their high kicking dancing and their sparkling costumes. 1260 6th Ave, New York NY.

Brooklyn Bridge – the mile-long walk gives you some of the best views in the city. From the Statue of Liberty to the Freedom Towers the view is unbeatable. Brooklyn Bridge, New York NY.

New York Aquarium – from penguins to otters, sea lions to sharks there is something to entertain all the kids in your family including the grown-up ones. 602 Surf Ave, Brooklyn New York.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – from marching bands and horses to larger than life characters like Snoopy, Spiderman, and Papa Smurf, this parade is one of the oldest in the country and must be seen. Central Park West, New York NY.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan – visit Dora the Explorer, also visit the exhibits that show how children live in other lands. City Splash is a favorite in the summer, but bring a change of clothes just in case. 212 W 83rd St New York NY.

New York Hall of Science – kids have fun while learning about science, technology, light, sound, and astronomy. 47-01 111th St, Queens New York.

Dylan’s Candy Bar – if Willy Wonka was a real person this would be his store. Three floors of every candy imaginable. 1011 3rd Ave, New York NY.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum – this museum was the first of it’s kind when founded in 1899 as the first-ever children’s museum. 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn New York.

Bronx Zoo – spend the day looking at the African Plains watching the lions, giraffes, and zebras. Or check out the Himalayan Highlands and try to find the elusive snow leopards or the adorable red pandas. 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx New York.

RVing in 2020

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

With lots of time at home right now, it is the perfect opportunity to plan your dream U.S. road trip! With each state offering a different climate, scenery, and adventure, rent an RV and get ready to explore one of the most spectacular nations in the world. RVing in 2020 will bring brighter days filled with adventure, gorgeous sceneries, and making memories to last a lifetime. Read on, for our top reasons why an RV vacation may be exactly what you need for the upcoming summer and fall of 2020.

road trip open road to mountains
Experience the open road and stunning mountain scenery. Photo Credit: Joris Beugels, Unsplash

Safety

In a time of such great uncertainty, it can be challenging to make travel plans. But, rest assured our RVs are the safest way for your family to enjoy a vacation in 2020. Our entire fleet of RVs are meticulously cleaned and sanitized for every use. With a fleet of over 750 RV’s, excellently maintained, we will find one to fit your needs and budget. With the option of contact-free pickup and drop off you can still have the road trip of a lifetime while keeping yourself and family safe. Also, we offer cancellation insurance to ensure you are protected if anything changes.

American flag - support USA
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden, Unsplash

Think Local

RVing in 2020 is a great way to contribute back to our country. What better way to help give our economy a boost then exploring our great nation. In the coming days, we want to think not only about safety but about benefiting our economy and supporting our local American businesses. An affordable and safe option, an RV road trip in 2020 is a great way to adventure, take in the scenery, and give back.

Potential Travel Bans

Uncertain times and ongoing travel restrictions won’t prevent you from enjoying a family RV vacation. It is unknown how international travel will proceed through the rest of 2020. With that said, we all deserve a little fun, relaxation, and adventure. With kids out of school, planning an RV vacation for August or September would give you something to look forward to, without the worry of lingering travel bans affecting your plans.

Get Outside

When it is time to get out and about again, the sunshine and fresh air will feel so good. This summer, enjoy quality time with your family cruising the open road, and exploring the great outdoors. Rent an RV and plan hikes, biking tours and evenings next to a crackling campfire under the stars. Explore America and find hidden gems, pristine places, and make memories of a lifetime.

RV to Mountain scenery
Photo Credit: Mark Mialik, Unsplash

Summer Holiday Season is Coming

While you may have thought of airplanes for your 2020 vacation, RVing in 2020 is a great alternative. By the time summer rolls around, we will all deserve a much-needed vacation! Spend the time now planning your upcoming road trip! Whether you want to explore the California coast or the Arizona Red Rock what better way than an affordable, safe adventure in an RV rental.

Through this uncertain time, we are looking brightly towards the future and the many epic RV adventures you and your family may undertake in 2020. For that reason, we will remain open and active during this time. Feel free to contact our reservation specialists at any time. We are happy to help you plan your 2020 RV road trip and to celebrate our great nation.

 

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