Hurricane Dorian is creating worries for air travelers this week. Orlando International Airport (MCO) announced on Saturday that it would be shutting down temporarily on Monday. However, the airport later reversed that decision. Several carriers have decided to waive change and cancellation fees for flights in and out of Florida while the country waits to see what will happen.
You probably have questions if you're planning to fly in or out of any of the areas that are in the hurricane's path. Here's a rundown of what the nation's major carriers are doing:
- American will waive all change and cancellation fees for flights scheduled through Friday.
- Delta will waive all change and cancellation fees for affected flights scheduled through Wednesday.
- JetBlue will waive all change and cancellation fees for affected flights scheduled through Thursday.
- United will waive change fee and fare difference for affected flights originally scheduled through September 7. Rebooked travel must be completed by September 14.
- Southwest will waive any fare differences on rebookings for Florida flights scheduled through Thursday.
- Frontier will waive all change fees and fare differences for affected flights scheduled through Wednesday. Rebooked travel must be completed by September 27.
- Spirit will waive all change fees and fare differences through September 18 for affected flights originally booked through Tuesday.
Specific details regarding each airline's policies can be found in the links provided above. As of time of writing, Allegiant hasn't made any announcements regarding how it plans to handle change fees as the hurricane approaches. American and Delta have both announced that they're capping fares for travelers trying to escape the storm. Delta added 9,823 additional seats over the weekend to assist passengers trying to get away from Dorian's path.
It can be impossible to predict exactly how a weather event like this will exactly impact air travel throughout the country. The latest prediction is that Dorian will make landfall in Georgia or South Carolina by Thursday. It is important to check your airline's website for updates if you'll be traveling this week.