With Hurricane Dorian slowly making its way towards the East Coast of the United States, we thought we would take a look and see what you should if your flight is affected by the storm.
As Hurricane Dorian prepares to pass by the Bahamas, residents up and down the southeast are preparing for what could prove to be a catastrophic event. Now a category five storm with winds of up to 180mph, Dorian is the strongest storm on record in the North Atlantic basin; stronger even than Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Computer predictions show Dorian moving to the north
Right now, Abaco in the Bahamas is feeling the brunt of the storm, after which it is expected to stall and make a slight turn to the north.
Computer predictions have Dorian’s eye remaining out at sea as it skirts Florida, Georgia and the Carolina’s.
“Significant impacts could also occur even if the center of #Dorian stays offshore,” the Hurricane Center said, adding that, “the risk of strong winds and life-threatening storm surge is increasing along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina during the middle of next week.”
Currently, all airports in Florida remain open and are operating as normal. Miami, Ft Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach say they are keeping a close watch on Dorian and will issue a notice should events change.
Orlando International Airport previously said it was ceasing operations on Labor Day. However, it has changed its mind and will now remain open. The airport said in a statement late Saturday,
“Original storm forecasts reported the hurricane could have greatly impacted Orlando International and the entire Central Florida region. The latest updates show that Hurricane Dorian has changed its path and has proven to be an unpredictable storm.”
Daytona Beach Airport meanwhile has not updated its press release which reads “Daytona Beach International Airport’s terminal will close after the last flight departs Sunday night.”
American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest, JetBlue, Spirit, United, and Frontier have all issued waivers for passengers traveling to and from Florida. As Dorian moves to the north we expect to see Georgia and the Carolinas added to airlines advisories.
Airlines waive fees for flights impacted by Dorian
When it comes to waiving fees each airline has its own policies and rules.
Here is an example of what Delta Airlines has told its customers:
“To provide you with flexibility for your travel plans, we’re offering you the following options to choose what best fits your travel needs.”
Remain on your current flight.
“We recommend you continue to monitor your flight status for the most up-to-date information using My Trips on delta.com or on the Fly Delta app.
Please note your current flight reservation will remain if you choose not to make any changes.”
Change to a different flight.
“If you select this option, you may make a one-time change and we will waive any applicable change fee.*
To change your flight, visit My Trips on delta.com and click on Modify Flight.
Choose Start Flight Change and select which flight you would like to change to search for a new flight.”
The change fee will display initially, however, once you select your new itinerary the change fee will be waived prior to checkout.
Note, if changes are made to the originally ticketed cities or rescheduled travel occurs beyond the guidelines, the change fee will be waived, however, a difference in fare may apply.*
You may choose to cancel your trip, and use the value towards a future flight.
You may cancel your flight and apply any unused value of the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket for a period of one year from the original issue date.
Applicable change fee and fare difference will apply for new travel dates and will be collected at the time of booking the new ticket.
To cancel your flight, visit My Trips on delta.com and click on Modify Flight then choose Start Flight Cancelation.
In the event your selected flight is canceled by Delta, we will contact you with additional information.
*When rescheduled travel occurs beyond September 7, 2019, the change fee will be waived. However, a difference in fare may apply. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity, one year from date of original issue. If travel is not able to be rescheduled within these guidelines, customers may cancel their reservation and apply any unused value of the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket for a period of one year from the original ticket issuance. Applicable change fee and fare difference will apply for new travel dates. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity.”
Conditions & Restrictions
“Eligibility only for customers with an Original Ticket Issue Date on or before August 27, 2019. Changes to origins and destinations may result in an increase in fare. Any difference in fare between your original ticket and the new ticket will be collected at the time of booking.”
Follow the path of the storm
If you are flying anywhere in the southeastern United States in the coming days, we recommend you follow the news.
If you are unsure as to the status of your flight, or would like to cancel or change your booking due to the Hurricane, call the airline and ask them what their current policies are and if you are going to be penalized or not.
Hurricanes remain highly unpredictable and can change direction at any time. While computer predictions show the storm stalling out and heading north, you never know what can happen.
According to CNN American Airlines has just added eight airports to its Dorian alert.
- Charleston, South Carolina (CHS)
- Greenville, North Carolina (PGV)
- Hilton Head, South Carolina (HHH)
- Jacksonville, North Carolina (OAJ)
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR)
- New Bern, North Carolina (EWN)
- Savannah, Georgia (SAV)
- Wilmington, North Carolina (ILM)