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Coronavirus cases skyrocket on stranded cruise ships; DOT says airlines cannot deny cash refunds, and more

April 04, 2020
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Coronavirus cases skyrocket on board stranded cruise ships

(Photo by IVAN PISARENKO/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo by IVAN PISARENKO/AFP/Getty Images)

As of Thursday, 189 people from the Holland America Zaandam had exhibited flu-like symptoms. The Zaandam, along with numerous other cruise ships, has been stranded at sea for weeks as multiple ports have refused her entry, citing concerns over the sick passengers on board.

The ship, along with Holland America's Rotterdam, was allowed to dock in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday. Chartered flights will ferry healthy passengers home.

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Department of Transportation: Airlines cannot refuse cash refunds for canceled flights

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(Virojt Changyencham/Getty Images)

There's been a lot of debate on this topic, but the DOT has always been clear: Passengers whose flights are canceled can demand their money back.

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No, Southwest didn't devalue its rewards program overnight

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(Photo by John Gress Media Inc/Shutterstock)

It has to do with the tax waiver that was issued to help bail out struggling airlines.

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(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

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