Hurricane Florence: These airlines will waive fees for flights impacted by storm


As the East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence to hit Thursday, several airlines have issued travel advisories

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Hurricane Florence is currently projected to hit the Carolinas as a Category 4 storm.

Here is the list of airlines that have waived fees as of Monday evening:

American Airlines

American Airlines will waive its change/cancellation fee if you are traveling through Sept. 16 at one of these airports:

  • Georgia: Augusta, Savannah
  • North Carolina: Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro/High Point, Jacksonville, New Bern, Raleigh/Durham, Wilmington
  • South Carolina: Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville/Spartansburg, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach
  • Virginia: Charlottesville, Hampton / Newport News, Lynchburg, Norfolk, Roanoke

The waived fees are valid if you booked your ticket by Sept. 10.

Delta Air Lines

The Atlanta-based airline is waiving fees for flights scheduled from Sept. 13 to 16 to these airports: Charleston, South Carolina; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Greensboro, North Carolina; Jacksonville, North Carolina; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; New Bern, North Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; Newport News, Virginia; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Savannah, Georgia; and Wilmington, North Carolina.

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The offer is valid for tickets booked by Sept. 10 and tickets must be reissued by Sept. 20. 

The airline said it is also capping air fares for flights from certain cities. The fare cap is $299 each way in coach class for flights to Atlanta from coastal cities in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia through Sept. 16. Some fares may be less.

The fare caps for flights from inland cities such as Raleigh-Durham are higher, up to $599 each way for coach class to the West Coast.

Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines said it has enacted guidelines through Sept. 16 at airports in Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Savannah, Georgia.

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The airline has not specifically outlined what the guidelines are or if it is waiving fees. 

JetBlue

JetBlue will waive fees and fare differences for flights that are traveling in Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Richmond, Virginia.

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Their customers have until Sept. 20 to reschedule if they originally booked flights before Sept. 10. You can rebook online at jetblue.com or call 1-800-JETBLUE.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines said flights for Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina; Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Richmond, Virginia, could be impacted.

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Anyone with flights into or out of those airports from Sept. 11 to 17 can rebook without paying an additional charge. Customers can reschedule their flights online or by calling 1-800-435-9792. 

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines said it is waiving the fees for flights at Asheville, North Carolina; Greensboro, North Carolina; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Richmond, Virginia. The original travel dates must be from Sept. 12 to 16.

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Customers must rebook their flight by Sept. 20 or a fare difference may apply. 

– Information from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was used in this report.


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