change fee waivers

Airlines offer change fee waivers for Hurricane Lane

Airlines are posting and updating travel alerts and offering change fee waivers for travel to/from the Hawaiian Islands as Hurrican Lane moves in.

Here are links to change fee waiver policies of airlines in effect as of today for flights to and from Hawaii:

Alaska Airlines: Waiving change fees and the difference in the price of the ticket for travel booked to or from Kauai (LIH), Kona (KOA), Maui (OGG) and Oahu (HNL) for tickets purchased on or before August 21, if travel is completed on or before August 30, 2018.

American Airlines: No change fee for flights to or from Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL), Kona, Hawaii (KOA), Kauai Island, Hawaii (LIH) and Kahului, Hawaii (OGG) for tickets purchased by or before August 20 if you’re scheduled to travel August 23 to 26. New travel must take place by August 30.

For travel scheduled August 23 and 24,  to or from Seoul, Korea (ICN), Honulu (HNL), Kona (KOA), LIhue (LIH) and Maui (OGG), Delta Air Lines is offering change fee waivers for trips scheduled August 23 and 24. New travel must take place by August 27.

Hawaiian Airlines, as you may imagine, is keeping its site updated with news about the hurricane’s impact and has very detailed information about change fee waivers and rules posted.

Several other airlines, including United Airlines, have issued alerts for trips to and Hawaii as well. As always, if you’ve got a trip planned, keep an eye on your airline’s website and Twitter feed for the latest details.


Airports closed; more flights nixed, thanks to Tropical Storm Harvey

Tropical Storm Harvey – Rainfall chart – courtesy NOAA

Check the websites of Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby (HOU) Airports and you’ll see this notice, posted at noon local time on Sunday.

UPDATED 8/27/2017 at Noon
Commercial operations have ceased at both IAH and HOU until further notice due to severe weather. No inbound or outbound flights from either airport at this time. For flight details, rescheduling and waivers, please contact your air carrier.

The FAA has posted notices as to when these and other airports in the region, including Corpus Christie International Airport (CRP), are expected to reopen, but it’s a fair bet those deadlines will be extended as rain and flooding associated with, now, Tropical Storm Harvey, batters the region.

FlightAware  (a service that track flights), has tallied thousands of canceled flights into and out of the affected areas and with these airports closed for at least a day and, in some cases, more, it’s clear no one is going to be flying through the region on anything  like a normal schedule anytime soon. Many flights in and out of Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans and other airports have been affected too.

Most airlines have posted revised dates for when they will be waiving change fees and offering full refunds for cancellations.

Here are some links updated on Sunday evening that may be helpful if you have a flight.

American Airlines

Alaska Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Frontier Airlines


Spirit Airlines

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines

Virgin America

Of course, international airlines have been cancelling flights to the region as well, so be sure to check with your airline if you have an upcoming flight.

If you’d like to donate some cash to help out with what are going to be expensive and long-lasting storm recovery efforts, both American Airlines and United Airlines (so far) are offering bonus miles for cash donations.


Airlines cancel flights; waive change fees for newest storms

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Another big mess out there for travelers this week as winter storms blow in and cancel flights to, from and through the Midwest, Northeast and lots of other places – like Phoenix, where everyone is trying to head home after that heartbreaking (for Seahawks fans…) Super Bowl game.

Airlines have already canceled thousands of flights and posted instructions on which cities are included, the waiver policies on change fees and how best to rebook a flight.

Here’s a list of links to airline travel advisories. Check back often as some airlines still need to catch up from the weekend and others will likely alter or extend their policies.

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Frontier Air Lines

Jet Blue

Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines

United Airlines

Virgin America

US Airways



Airline advisories & change fee waivers for Winter Storm Titan

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In anticipation of yet another round of storms, including Winter Storm Titan, airlines have issued travel advisories and notices of waivers of the change fees for those who want to change or cancel their flights.

Here’s a round-up of those that were posted as of Sunday evening, March 2, 2014. As always, if you’ve got a trip planned, be sure to check with your airline and/or airport before starting out.

American Airlines has posted a notice for flights to, from and through many cities in the Northeast and Midwest. Details here.

Alaska Airlines has issued a Winter Storm Titan travel advisory for flights to, from or through Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR), Washington, D.C. (DCA), Philadelphia (PHL), Chicago (ORD), Kansas City (MCI) and St. Louis (STL).

Delta Air Lines has posted travel advisories for the Northeast, Midwest and … Ukraine. Details here.

Frontier Airlines has posted advisories for travel in the Northeast and Midwest. Details here.

Jet Blue has posted a Winter Storm Titan advisory.  Details here.

Here’s a link to the travel advisory posted for Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines has posted a Weather Buster Policy.

US Airways has posted a Winter Storm Titan Advisory.

United Airlines has posted travel advisories for a long list of cities to be affected by storms in Dallas, the Midwest and Ohio River Valley, Pennsylvania and the Northeast. Details here.