Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY Published 6:37 p.m. ET April 7, 2020 | Updated 6:39 p.m. ET April 7, 2020CLOSE The coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting the global economy and raising fears of a recession. What causes a recession and what are the signs? USA TODAYOn Tuesday, United Airlines became the first major U.S. airline to extend its coronavirus travel waivers to cover flights through the end of the year.The broader waiver applies to travelers holding tickets bought before March 3.Travelers who booked, say, a summer flight from New York to Los Angeles or Europe last fall, can change their flight to another date or cancel their trip and receive an electronic travel credit, all without paying ticket change fees that start at $200 a person.The new fee waiver policy does not cover travelers who bought or buy tickets between March 3 and April 30. United already offers them a fee-free change up to a year out.Until Tuesday, United’s change fee waiver for tickets bought before the coronavirus outbreak deepened only applied to travelers with flights through May 31. That meant passengers who voluntarily canceled summer and fall flights they booked well in advance had to pay a change fee when they redeemed their travel

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