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Hurricane Sally: United, Delta, American, Southwest, Spirit, JetBlue issue flight waivers

  • September 16, 2020

Airlines including United, Delta and Southwest have posted flight waivers for travelers concerned about flying amid the threat of approaching Hurricane Sally.

Tropical-storm-force winds were spreading onshore along the Gulf Coast as of 4 p.m. CDT Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said, adding that the center of the storm would “make landfall in the hurricane warning area late tonight or Wednesday.”

Sally, which ramped up to a Category 2 storm Monday but has since weakened to Category 1, was 85 miles south of Mobile, Alabama, and 90 miles southwest of Pensacola, Florida, late Tuesday afternoon. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.

Hurricane Sally is set to hit parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast with rain for another day Tuesday before it makes landfall, raising fears that significant flooding is in store for coastal Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

The hurricane has forced small airports to make adjustments. Pensacola International Airport closed Monday night and will remain closed until weather conditions improve.  Mobile Regional Airport has warned travelers that, though it remains open for now, most airlines have canceled commercial flights. Mississippi’s Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport has also seen multiple flight cancellations.

Visit your airline’s website for the latest updates on flights and change fee procedures, as it’s typical for plans to change given the shifting nature of storms.

American

American Airlines passengers traveling to, through or from airports in the Southeast U.S. may have their change fees waived if they meet certain conditions. They must have purchased tickets by Sept. 13; be scheduled to travel Sept. 15 to 16; and can travel between Sept. 13 to 21, among other conditions.

Delta

Delta is also waiving change fees for customers with flights scheduled Sept. 14 to 16 across a swath of airports in the Gulf region.

“Delta’s meteorologists are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Sally that could impact travel through six Gulf Coast stations,” according to a notice on Delta’s website. “The airline has issued a travel waiver that allows customers with flexibility in their travel plans to make a one-time change to their itinerary without incurring a change fee.”

JetBlue

JetBlue’s waiver covers passengers traveling to or from New Orleans through Sept. 15 who booked their flights by Sept. 13. New flights must be booked by Sept. 20.

Southwest

Customers flying Sept. 14 to 16 to certain Southeast airports won’t face additional charges if they update their travel plans within two weeks of their original travel date and stick to the same origin and destination cities.

Spirit 

Spirit currently has a travel waiver for passengers traveling to or from New Orleans through Sept. 16. It is waiving change fees through Sept. 20.

United

United is waiving change fees and fare differences for United flights leaving on or before Sept. 20 across airports in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida (a full list is available on the airline’s website under Tropical Storm Sally). Travelers must have already purchased tickets by Sept. 12, with flight dates between Sept. 14 and Sept. 16. In order to receive the waiver, they must also reschedule in the same cabin and between the same cities.

Contributing: John Bacon, Dinah Voyles Pulver, Charles Trepany USA TODAY; Pensacola News Journal

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