US airlines are starting to issue travel waivers as a hurricane looks set to hit Florida and parts of the Carribean over the coming days. The United States National Weather Service is warning that Hurricane Dorian will cause strong winds, rough surf, heavy rainfall and flooding in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands today. The hurricane is expected to intensify before moving towards Florida and the south-east United States mainland.
The current prediction is for the hurricane to make landfall on Monday morning (US east coast time) near Daytona Beach. As reported in The Points Guy, airlines are issuing travel waivers for passengers heading into the storm zone. The situation is fast evolving and this article will offer an update on travel waivers issued by the major carriers.
United Airlines is currently issuing travel waivers for flights to Aguadilla, Punta Cana, and San Juan. The travel waiver currently for August 28th – 29th only. Tickets must have been purchased by August 26th, 2019.
United Airlines will waive the change fee and any difference in fare if rebooking onto a United Airlines flight departing on or before September 1st. Travel must be in the originally ticketed cabin and sectors cannot be changed.
American Airlines has two travel waivers in force.
The first affects passengers traveling to or from Bridgetown, Cap Haitien, Fort de France, Port Au Prince, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, San Juan, Santiago (Dominican Republic), Santo Domingo, and St Lucia.
Your change fee may be waived if you brought your ticket by August 26th, are traveling on an AA flight between August 26th and 29th. American Airlines will let you change your travel date up to and including September 5th, 2019. You need to be in the original cabin and sticking to the same sector.
The second affects passengers traveling to or from Freeport, George Town, Marsh Harbour, Nassau, and Providenciales. Your change fee may be waived in if you brought your ticket by August 28th and are traveling on an AA flight on or between August 30th and 31st. You can push your flights back as far as September 7th without penalty, assuming your sectors and cabin class remain unchanged.
The most up to date American Airlines travel advisory is available here.
Delta Air Lines
Delta is offering passengers traveling to or from Punta Cana, Port au Prince, San Juan, Santiago (Dominican Republic), Santo Domingo, St Lucia, and St Thomas. Delta’s travel waiver affects flights on or between August 26th to 29th. Delta will let you change your travel date up to and including September 5th.
Alternatively, Delta will let you cancel your flight and issue a credit for the full value of the flight. That credit can be used for another Delta booking in the next 12 months.
Southwest has three sets of travel waivers out. The first takes in Providenciales, Punta Cana, and San Juan and covers August 26th to 30th inclusive. The second waiver affects Nassau and covers August 27th to September 1st, 2019. The third waiver affects Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and West Palm Beach and covers August 31st to September 2nd.
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Southwest will allow their passengers to rebook without penalty as long as they travel with 14 days of their ticketed date, in their original fare class, and between the same two city pairs.
The latest Southwest travel advisory is available here.
Spirit Airlines has also issued travel waivers for passengers traveling to or from Aguadilla, Port-au-Prince, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, San Juan, Santiago (Dominican Republic)
The travel waiver covers the dates August 27th to 30th inclusive. You can rebook to travel up to and including September 5th, and the modification changes and fare difference fees will be waived.
JetBlue will waive fare differences, change and cancellation fees for passengers traveling to and from Aguadilla, Ponce, San Juan, and St Thomas. The affected dates are August 28th and 29th. Tickets need to have been bought on or before August 26th. JetBlue will let you rebook for travel through to September 1st.
The most up to date JetBlue travel advisory is available here.
Even our friends at Frontier are issuing travel waivers for passengers traveling to or from Punta Cana and San Juan. The affected dates are August 26th to 30th. If you bought your ticket on or before August 25th, Frontier will allow you to make one itinerary change and waive fees. They will even let you change the sector. Travel must be completed on or before September 20th, 2019.
That’s a much more generous policy than most of the other airlines so Frontier is due some kudos for this.
The latest Frontier travel advisory is available here.
The weather situation is extremely fluid. Conditions and travel waivers are also adjusting. Expect waivers to open up encompassing Florida over the next day or so. Passengers should always check with their airline for the latest advice.
Simple Flying wishes passengers and residents in the affected areas the best of luck.