2. While it's more complicated with airlines, many carriers do make attempts to accommodate passengers. In the past, many airlines have allowed passengers to change their tickets within a specific time frame with “Peace of Mind” policies that allow passengers to rebook tickets free of charge, or receive credit for a future trip. It's good business, and once one major airline allows changes, many follow suit.
3. Keep in mind that some airlines do not refund tickets purchased through a third-party discounter, or on the Internet through travel Websites. Call the agency or packager you booked through first to see what's possible.
4. The closer you get to your departure date, the harder it is to change your travel details.
5. Most hotels give full, or at least partial, refunds.
6. Always make your travel purchases with a credit card. If a hotel or airline closes, you'll be cover under the Fair Billing Act.
7. Consider buying insurance that covers war and acts of terrorism. If you already have insurance for your trip, read the fine print. Often you can cancel the trip and get a full refund.
8. For extra protection, purchase travel insurance through a third party.