Major airlines are waiving change fees for passengers as Hurricane Florence heads toward the East Coast.
Now a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Florence is expected to hit South Carolina, North Carolina and parts of Virginia on Thursday. Hurricane Florence is expected to “be a large and extremely dangerous” storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. More than 1.2 million people are under mandatory evacuation orders.
Several major airlines are allowing passengers to change their flights going through the Southeast without additional fees ahead of the storm. Here’s what to know if Hurricane Florence affects your travel plans.
American Airlines is waiving flight change fees for those scheduled to travel between Sept. 13 and Sept. 16 in 23 southeastern cities, including Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; Raleigh/Dhurham, North Carolina; Richmond; Virginia and Savannah, Georgia. Passengers who bought their tickets by Sept. 10 and can travel between Sept. 10 and Sept. 19 are eligible to change their tickets. See full details here.
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) September 10, 2018
The airline has not cancelled any flights because of the storm thus far.
Southwest Airlines has warned that its flights could be delayed or cancelled due to the incoming storm in Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Norfolk/Virginia Beach and Greenville-Spartanburg. Fliers traveling through those cities between Sept. 12 and Sept. 16 can rebook their tickets without paying the change feel.
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: https://t.co/laah4B0faj. pic.twitter.com/49wGuznaFN
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) September 10, 2018
Full details are available here.
United Airlines has issued travel waivers for flights going through parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. Change fees and difference in fares will be waived for flights departing between Sept. 10 and Sept. 16. See details here.
A travel waiver has been issued for portions of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia due to Hurricane Florence. We are continuing to monitor other weather systems and will post updates as they become available. https://t.co/OOCEcWwN8m pic.twitter.com/R912WejHn6
— United Airlines (@united) September 10, 2018
Frontier customers traveling through cities in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia between Sept. 10 and Sept. 16 can change their itineraries without charge if they booked tickets by Sept. 10.
With the expected impact from Hurricane Florence on travel, there is weather advisory for those traveling to Charleston, SC, Charlotte, NC, Greenville-Spartanburg, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Norfolk, VA, Raleigh-Durham, NC and Savannah, GA on 9/11 — 9/16. https://t.co/HgXU9hPevI pic.twitter.com/syiTV4FPNb
— Frontier Airlines (@FlyFrontier) September 11, 2018
Full guidelines are available here.
Spirit Airlines said it will suspend all operations in and out of Myrtle Beach International Airport on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14.
“We will reassess our operations for Sat 9/15 after the storm makes landfall,” read a tweet from the airline.
Due to #HurricaneFlorence we will suspend all operations in & out of @FlyMyrtleBeach on 9/13 & 9/14. We will reassess our operations for Sat 9/15 after the storm makes landfall. All Guests included in our travel advisory can reschedule their flights here: https://t.co/GgSa1WqULX pic.twitter.com/D6iiuoa9AX
— Spirit Airlines (@SpiritAirlines) September 11, 2018
Earlier this week, Spirit said it was waiving change fees on tickets for flights going through Asheville, North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Richmond, Virginia between Sept. 12 and Sept 16. Fees will be waived through Sept. 20.
JetBlue said it has capped airfare at $149 on bookings to and from Savannah, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia to help people prepare for Hurricane Florence.
We have capped fares on new bookings to/from SAV, CHS, CLT, RDU, and RIC at $149 through Sunday, to assist area residents in preparation and recovery for #HurricaneFlorence. For the most up to date details on hurricane operations and fee waivers, visit: https://t.co/ZVxMfSDuAw
— JetBlue Airways (@JetBlue) September 11, 2018
The airline will waive change and cancellation fees and fare differences for customers flying between Sept. 11 and Sept 16 to and from cities in Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia, and Washington. D.C. A full list of cities affected is available here.
Passengers can rebook flights through Sept. 20.
Travelers going to or from Charleston, South Carolina or Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina can change their flights without charge to new dates between Sept. 11 and Oct. 1. See full details here.