Airlines waive change fees as Hermine takes aim at Florida and Southeast

Airlines are waiving change fees as Tropical Storm Hermine takes aim at Florida and parts of the Southeast.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, it appeared likely Hermine would make landfall around the “big bend” area of Florida on Thursday as a category 1 hurricane.  Current forecasts called for the storm to continue inland over north Florida, south Georgia and the coastal areas of the Carolinas.

All four of the nation’s biggest airlines – America, Delta, United, Southwest – had issued flexible rebooking policies related to the storm. JetBlue and Spirit also had enacted storm-related waivers.

The policies vary by airline, but – generally – they allow certain passengers to make one change to their itineraries without paying the standard change fees. Such fees typically cost $200 for domestic itineraries and more for international ones.
Several airlines also have waivers in place for Hawaii, which also is under a hurricane threat this week.

Scroll down for the basic details of the airline waivers in place for Florida and the Southeast as of 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Be sure to click on the fine print for more details.

Alaska Airlines

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American Airlines

Covers fliers ticketed to fly on the following dates: Sept. 1-2

Cities covered: Charleston, S.C.; Florence, S.C.; Gainesville, Fla.; Hilton Head, S.C.;Jacksonville, Fla.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Tampa; Savannah, Ga.;Wilmington, N.C.

Waiver highlight: Change fee waived for fliers changing their flight to a date between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6.

More info: American Airlines

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Delta Air Lines

Covers fliers ticketed to fly on the following dates: Sept. 1-2

Cities covered: Brunswick, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Gainesville, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Panama City, Fla.; Pensacola, Fla.;Sarasota, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Tampa; Valdosta, Ga.; and Wilmington, N.C.

Waiver highlight: Change fee waived for fliers changing their flight to a date before Sept. 6. For travel beyond Sept. 6, customers can apply the value of their current tickets toward new ones without paying the standard change fee.

More info: Delta Air Lines

See more: Info on Hawaii waivers

JetBlue

Covers fliers ticketed to fly on the following dates: Sept. 1-2

Cities covered: Charleston, S.C.; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla; Savannah, Ga.; Tampa.

Waiver highlight: Change fee waived for fliers changing their flight to a date before Sept. 7.

More info: JetBlue

Southwest Airlines

Covers fliers ticketed to fly on the following dates: Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Cities covered: Fort Myers, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Orlando; Panama City, Fla.; Tampa

Waiver highlight: Southwest never charges a change fee. The airline will allow customers ticketed during the eligible dates to reschedule their flights within two weeks of the original travel date without paying a difference in fare.

More info: Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines

Covers fliers ticketed to fly on the following dates: Sept. 1

Cities covered: Tampa

Waiver highlight: Change fee waived for fliers changing their flights to a date between Aug. 31 and Sept. 7.

More info: Spirit Airlines

United Airlines

Covers fliers ticketed to fly on the following dates: Sept. 1-3

Cities covered: Charleston, S.C.; Columbia, S.C.; Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Panama City, Fla.; Pensacola, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Tampa.

Waiver highlight: Change fee waived for fliers changing their flight to a date before Sept. 6. For travel beyond Sept. 6, customers may be able to apply the value of their current tickets toward new ones without paying the standard change fee.

More info: United

See more: Info on Hawaii waivers

Virgin America

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