Salvaging The Fare When A Trip Is No Go

Six days after Tom Olson of Pittsburgh shelled out thousands of dollars for a cruise to Alaska, the Exxon Valdez spilled millions of barrels of oil into Prince William Sound. Such an event could turn a dream vacation into a nightmare, but Olson wasn't worried: He had spent an extra $100 for trip-cancellation insurance. "When you've invested that much money and planning," says Olson, who took the cruise anyway, "you want the confidence of being able to cancel."

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