Snow days eating into vacation plans, money - News, Weather & Sports

Snow days eating into vacation plans, money

Laurie Bisig Laurie Bisig
Russ Dunlap Russ Dunlap
Christine Bolus Christine Bolus

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Another snow day for area schools has families scrambling to adjust summer vacation plans. Make up days will now extend well into June. And that's going to cost parents, and some teachers, who have to pay to reschedule trips because most forms of travel insurance won't cover the change fees caused by snow days.

Snow is becoming a wet blanket on summer vacation plans at Platinum Travel on Shelbyville Road in Louisville.

Travel specialists are there are working to reschedule trips that have to be put off now that school will be in session a full week or more for makeup days.

Group travel manager Laurie Bisig said the losses still mounting for one JCPS teacher rescheduling her trip to Hawaii.

"It could cost $300, it could cost $500," she said. "Just depending because how do you know when to make the reservation because when is the snow going to stop?"

Travel insurance wouldn't have helped. It covers only serious illness, death, or severe weather that makes travel impossible.

Russ Dunlap, Vice President of Platinum Travel, said that wouldn't cover snow make up days.

"I've called a couple of the insurance agencies today and they say it's not covered in their policy," Dunlap said.

There is something called "cancel for any reason" insurance, which is exactly what it sounds like but twice as expensive as basic travel insurance, and you usually get back only around 75% of your money.

It certainly came in handy for two Shelby County teachers who had to rebook their honeymoon because of snow makeup days. They each paid $229 for "cancel for any reason" insurance which ended up covering each of their $250 flight change fee.

Their travel specialist Christine Bolus said the policy will also cover anything else unexpected, that falls from the sky between now and then.

"So lets say we have another week of snow days and now we've missed our date again," Bolus said. "We could do the same thing and push it forward again."

A move that would surprise no one at this rate.

JCPS says if there is going to be any leeway given to students who miss the snow make up days because of previously scheduled travel it's done at the discretion of the principal.

If there are any more snow days more makeup days could be tacked on by the school board.

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