Spring training cancelled? What MLB fans visiting Arizona should know

With Major League Baseball’s spring training on the line, 15 teams don’t know if they’ll play at 10 metro Phoenix baseball diamonds this month.

On March 1, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the March 31 Opening Day as well as the first two series of the 2022 season are canceled. Fans are still waiting to find out what this means for Cactus League: Will there be any matches at all?

Fans planning to travel to Arizona this season could face disappointment as well as logistical headaches if spring training is scrapped. Hotel and airline reservations should be canceled and game tickets should be refunded.

Wondering if you should cancel your trip or still come enjoy spring in Arizona? Here’s what you need to know before you decide.

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Can you get a refund on MLB spring training tickets?

People watch from the top deck during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers on February 28, 2021, in Surprise.

Metro Phoenix ballparks appear to have anticipated that spring training would be affected by ongoing labor negotiations. Each team has made refund and exchange information available in their 2022 policies.

Many ballparks say refunds for canceled games will be issued to the original method of payment. Some like the Los Angeles Angels, who play at Tempe Diablo Stadium — can automatically send you credit for a future game instead. Check with the team you purchased tickets for to find out what policy applies to your purchase.

Sloan Park in Mesa, where the Chicago Cubs train, says on the MLB website that “you will have the option of receiving credit or reimbursement for affected games.”

The home of the San Francisco Giants, Scottsdale Stadium, says “the value of the ticket for these games will be credited to your account for future purchase or you may request a refund.”

Those who purchased tickets from a third-party vendor should contact the vendor for information on next steps.

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Can I cancel my hotel or Airbnb reservations?

Review your booking confirmation and check with your hotel if this is unclear. In many cases, if you cancel within 24 or 48 hours, your credit card will not be charged.

Be aware that during peak times of the year and for special events, hotels may tighten their cancellation policies. Also, if you were to put down a deposit, you might have to cancel well in advance to get that money back.

If you prepaid to save a little money, you’re probably out of luck. Prepaid reservations are generally non-refundable. If this is your situation, it can’t hurt to call and try to negotiate a credit for future use, but hotels aren’t obligated to offer it.

If you booked an Airbnb, check your confirmation notice for your host’s cancellation and deposit refund policies.

Can I cancel my plane tickets to Arizona?

Airlines have made their cancellation/postponement policies much more flexible during the pandemic. Major airlines, including American, Delta and United, have eliminated change fees on most tickets. Southwest Airlines had no change fees to begin with.

If you decide to cancel your spring training trip on these airlines, you will most likely receive a credit for the amount of your ticket that can be applied to future travel.

There are more restrictions on Basic Economy fares. These tickets generally cannot be changed after 24 hours. If you have to cancel, depending on your airline, you could lose the full value of your ticket or you could receive a credit minus the cancellation fee.

If you’re flying with a low-cost airline like Allegiant or Frontier, check their website for change fees and other information.

What to do in Arizona in March?

If you’ve bothered to book a spring training trip to Arizona, why not come anyway? It’s less hassle than canceling, and it may be the best time of year to visit. Here are some of the best things to do in Arizona in March.

See a concert: Bands want to take advantage of the good weather, too, and March is packed with top-notch artists arriving in the Phoenix metro area. Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa and Judas Priest arrive, and Bob Dylan kicks off his 2022 concert tour here. Check out all the concerts and music festivals in Phoenix in March.

Go hiking: Flower season and hiking season coincide in Metro Phoenix and we love it. These five easy hikes are doable for most people (one has a climb to challenge you a bit) and you’re likely to spot flowers, water, and maybe even wild burros , depending on the trek you choose. If you need more options, here are day hikes ranging from easy to ultra challenging throughout the city.

Explore Arizona Wine Country: The Verde Valley in central Arizona — which encompasses Cottonwood, Sedona, and Jerome — has been recognized as an American Wine Country. It’s an official acknowledgment of what Arizonans already know: great wine is made here. There are 19 commercial vineyards and 25 tasting rooms, and more than 40 varieties of grapes are grown in the region. Here is a guide to wine tasting in the Verde Valley.

Eating and drinking outdoors: Sit under the stars, in the shade or somewhere in between at a host of terrace bars and restaurants around the city where you can enjoy the balmy weather and fresh air. Here are 15 great restaurant and bar terraces for outdoor dining around Metro Phoenix.

Take advantage of our flower season: Taking a hike or a scenic drive through Arizona wildflowers is a beloved springtime tradition. It doesn’t matter if it’s a year of superb flowering with poppies galore or a more laid-back display of perennials such as brittlebush and desert marigold. Here’s where to see Arizona’s best wildflowers this spring. Wondering what flowers grow here? These are the Arizona wildflowers you’re most likely to spot.

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