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

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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)

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 . Please check details here:

— American Airlines (@AmericanAir)

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.

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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)

On Monday, Hurricane Florence increased to a Category 4 storm, according to . 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)
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