Airlines Are Waiving Change Fees as Hurricane Florence Threatens the East Coast

Traveling? Here's what you need to know.

Travelers who are concerned about having to fly amid a hurricane just got one less thing to worry about: You can change your flight for free.

According to USA Today, airlines like Delta, Southwest, American, and JetBlue have already begun to issue rebooking policies and waive additional fees to help customers who are scheduled to fly through Hurricane Florence's path.

A spokesman for Delta told the publication that Delta planned to begin their policy by 4 p.m. ET. Flights coming out of the regions affected by Hurricane Florence were also capped at a specific fare.

We’ve issued a travel waiver for September 4th – 5th
due to forecasted weather to/from/through parts of Louisiana and Florida. See more details here:

— Delta (@Delta) September 3, 2018

American Airlines waived its change fees for customers flying to 23 airports in Georgia, Virginia, and the Carolinas. Their standard rates can cost up to $200 or more, but the airline clarified on Twitter that the fees would be waived for travelers who qualify for the following: They must have bought their ticket by September 10, 2018; are scheduled to travel from September 10 to 16; can travel September 10 to 19; can change their origin and destination to another city affected by this alert; and can rebook in the same cabin or pay the difference.

We have travel options available for airports potentially affected by #HurricaneFlorence. Please check details here:

— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) September 10, 2018

Those flying to, from, or through the Charleston, Charlotte, Greenville-Spartanburg, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Raleigh/Durham, and Richmond airports can rebook on Southwest without any additional charges. They must do so, though, within 14 days of their original travel dates and between their original cities.

Due to weather conditions related to Hurricane Florence, some flights may be disrupted through Sunday, September 16. Check your flight status and explore rebooking options here:

— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) September 10, 2018

On Monday, Hurricane Florence increased to a Category 4 storm, according to The Weather Channel. As of noon, the potentially life-threatening storm was more than 1,200 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving westward. The Carolinas to Virginia are reportedly the areas most at risk for greater damage.

NEW: Florence is now a category 4 hurricane. Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter indicate that Florence has continued to rapidly strengthen and has maximum sustained winds near 130 mph (195 km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 946 mb (27.93 inches)

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 10, 2018
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