Travel alerts

Airlines offering waivers to/from Hawaii’s Big Island

Courtesy USGS

Don’t cancel that Hawaiian vacation just yet.

Although there’s increased volcanic activity and a new flow of lava from the Kīlauea volcano on the island of Hawaii (the Big Island), the Hawaii Tourism Authority website is reassuring visitors that no flights into airports anywhere in Hawai‘i are being affected and that the area where the lava is coming to the surface is very far from resort areas.

For updates, photos and webcam views of the volcano activities, see the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) website.

That’s the good news.

The bad news: due to the volcanic activity there is a no-fly zone over Kīlauea volcano and on Friday Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park was closed until further notice because of damage caused by earthquakes and aftershocks in the area.

So helicopter tours and visit to the park are out.

There’s still plenty to do on the Big Island, but some airlines are offering travel waivers for those who don’t want to head that way right now.

For those with tickets issued on or before May 3 and scheduled to travel to/from Hilo (ITO) or Kona (KOA) on  Hawaiian Airlines through May 13, the airline is offering change fee waivers for flights no later than May 20,

United Airlines is offering to waive change fees for those traveling to/from or through the Hilo (ITO) and Kailua-Kona (KOA) airports for those with tickets for travel through May 13 for new flights departing on or before May 16.

Other airlines flying to Hawaii may post waivers later today and this, of course, is a changing situation, so be sure to check your airline’s website and the USGS alerts for current news.

 

Airlines issue travel alerts for first round of 2018 storms

Cold weather and winter storms are getting 2018 off to a rocky start for many air passengers in the northeast, mid-Atlantic and southest parts of the country.

As of Tuesday evening, here are some of the domestic airlines that have posted change fee waivers and cancellation policy notices for January 3 and 4.

As of Tuesday evening, Alaska Airlines had an undated travel advisory posted for travel in the northeast.

American Airlines has posted a travel alert for flights to/from and through 14 cities on January 3 and 4. Details here           .

Delta Air Lines has travel advisories relating to winter weather in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Details here.

Frontier Airlines had no travel alert for winter storms posted as of Tuesday night.

JetBlue’s travel alert is a winter weather fee waiver for flights January 3 to and from Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, GA. So far.

Southwest Airlines has a travel alert for winter weather in the Southeast for flight to/from Charleston, SC and Jacksonville, FL. Details here.

Spirit Airlines has a Southeast Winter Storm alert posted for Jan 3 – 4 affecting Myrtle Beach, SC.

United Airlines has posted travel and change fee waivers for the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the country for January 3 & 4. See details here.

Virgin Atlantic had not updated its travel alerts as of Tuesday night.

As always, check with your airline as the time of your flight gets closer. And be safe!!

Travel Waivers for Tropical Storm Colin

(Photo courtesy Keene Public Library, via Flickr)

(Photo courtesy Keene Public Library, via Flickr)

Tropical Storm Colin is bearing down on Florida and many airlines are offering travel waivers to passengers who want to stay clear of the area.

Here are links to travel waiver policies for

American Airlines: for travel to/through or from Fort Myers, FL (RSW), Gainesville, FL (GNV), Jacksonville, FL (JAX), Sarasota, FL (SRQ), Tallahassee, FL (TLH) and Tampa, FL (TPA). Travel waiver was for those with tickets to travel June 6, 2016, but policy posted was only current as of June 5, so check if you are traveling June 7 or later).

Delta Airlines:: for travel to/from or through: Brunswick, GA(BQK), Charleston, SC (CHS), Fort Myers, FL (RSW), Gainesville, FL (GNV), Jacksonville, FL (JAX), Key West, FL (EYW), Sarasota, FL (SRQ), Savannah, GA (SAV), Tallahassee, FL (TLH), Tampa, FL (TPA). Travel alert currently includes ticketed flights on June 7, for travel rebooked by June 11.

JetBlue : affected cities include Daytona Beach, FL (DAB), Charleston, SC (CHS), Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL), Fort Myers, FL (RSW), Jacksonville, FL (JAX), Orlando, FL (MCO), Sarasota, FL (SRQ), Savannah, GA (SAV), Tampa, FL (TPA), West Palm Beach, FL (PBI). Travel alerts includes trips booked through June 7, with rebooked no change fee travel dates offered through June 12.

Spirit Airlines and United Airlines also have travel alerts posted for Tropical Storm Colin and updates may be posted for all these airlines later today.