As if China travel wasn’t already burdened enough by coronavirus fears, a concomitant drop in demand, and airlines cancelling flights, a major online travel agency group won’t even sell tickets in or out of China to passengers looking to buy them.
Expedia and its Orbitz and Travelocity websites are blocking the sale of all China tickets. They’re doing this by preventing searching for Chinese airports – even Beijing. This is only for Expedia’s U.S. online travel agency websites. They won’t even sell tickets to passengers trying to leave China.
I searched for Dubai – Beijing. That way we’re not getting into questions about whether or not passengers will be allowed to travel, and there are still flights operating. Initially the first page as I’m entering dates showed pricing for the flights. But when I clicked through Expedia said that Beijing wasn’t a valid airport.
Interestingly, Expedia’s non-U.S. websites will happily sell these same flights. Here’s again a search for Dubai – Beijing but this time on Expedia.es (Spain):
Priceline is still willing to sell China travel, even if Expedia’s U.S. websites won’t.
(HT: Robert D.)