Traveling pretty much anywhere in 2020 was a challenge but Minnesota's largest airline has just made it a little easier to do this year.
It was one year ago when things were just starting to shut down here in Minnesota, thanks to the coronavirus. Gov. Walz made that unprecedented announcement that bars and restaurants were closing to indoor service as of March 17th, 2020. And that announcement, along with Minnesota's subsequent Stay-Home order, pretty much meant air travel ground to a halt here in Minnesota and across the country.
And it nearly really recovered, either. Passenger traffic at Minnesota's biggest airport, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in Bloomington, ended 2020 down nearly 60 percent compared to 2019. And while air travel is still down compared to a normal March, we'd heard a few weeks ago that things were starting to pick up and that March 2021 would be MSP's busiest since the pandemic started a year ago.
But what happens if you had travel plans for 2020 that you had to cancel? Whether it was a work trip or a vacation, chances are, if it was planned for last year, it likely didn't happen. And if that vacation or work trip included flying on Delta Airlines, you're in luck... because Delta just extended the time you have to redeem those airline credits or vouchers.
According to Delta's website, you normally have one year to redeem vouchers or credits for canceled flights. And, seeing as it's now mid-March, that one-year deadline might be looming, if you canceled your plans in early spring of 2020. But, this NBC-5/Chicago story says Delta has extended those vouchers through the end of NEXT year. That's right, if your Delta flight was canceled due to the pandemic, you have until December 31st, 2022 to re-book and complete your trip.
Most other major airlines have enacted similar policies, giving most of us through 2022 to reschedule those trips. Experts say, though, if you have a travel voucher or credit from last year and the one-year anniversary date is coming up soon, it's best to check directly with your airline to confirm you have until the end of 2022 to re-book and complete your trip.
Now, if you're looking to get away but still don't want to jump on an airplane, there are some great places to explore this spring right here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. In fact, keep scrolling to check out 10 places where you can escape and recharge-- all without leaving the North Star State!
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