Airlines Expand Change-Fee Waivers for Hermine

Airlines have expanded the scope of their change-fee waivers as the remnants of what was Hurricane Hermine continued to move inland over the Southeast.

Most of nation’s biggest carriers – including America, Delta, United, Southwest – had issued flexible rebooking policies earlier this week. But several of those airlines have gradually been expanding the number of cities and the dates included in their waivers.

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The latest appears to have come from American, which by Friday morning had expanded its waiver to cover cities as far north as Maryland. American also moved to include Charlotte, one of the company's busiest hubs.

Several carriers also have gradually tacked on additional cities and dates to their waiver policies for Hermine.

The policies vary by airline, generally allowing passengers ticketed to affected airports to make one change to their itineraries without paying the standard change fees. Such fees typically cost $200 for domestic itineraries and more for international ones.

Several airlines also had waivers in place for Hawaii, which also was under a hurricane threat this week.

Scroll down for the basic details of the airline waivers in place for Florida and the Southeast as of 10:30 a.m. ET on Friday. Be sure to click on the fine print for more details.

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Covers fliers ticketed to fly on the following dates: Varies by region

Cities covered (Sept. 1-3): Augusta, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbia, S.C.; Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Florence, S.C.; Gainesville, Fla.; Greensboro, N.C.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Pensacola, Fla.; Raleigh/Durham; Sarasota, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.;  Tallahassee, Fla.; Tampa; Wilmington, N.C.

Cities covered (Sept. 3-4): Greenville, N.C.; Jacksonville/Onslow, N.C.; New Bern, N.C; Newport News, Va.; Norfolk, Va.; Richmond, Va.; Salisbury, Md.;

Waiver highlight: Change fee waived for fliers changing their flight to a date between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6 for the first set of cities. For the second set, flights can be changed to Sept. 2-8.

More info: American Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Covers fliers ticketed to fly on the following dates: Sept. 1-3

Cities covered: Brunswick, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Gainesville, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Panama City, Fla.; Sarasota, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Tampa; Valdosta, Ga.; and Wilmington, N.C.

Waiver highlight: Change fee waived for fliers changing their flight to a date before Sept. 6. For travel beyond Sept. 6, customers can apply the value of their current tickets toward new ones without paying the standard change fee.

More info: Delta Air Lines

JetBlue

Covers fliers ticketed to fly on the following dates: Sept. 1-3

Cities covered: Charleston, S.C.; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Fort Myers, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla; Orlando; Sarasota, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Tampa.

Waiver highlight: Change fee waived for fliers changing their flight to a date before Sept. 9.

More info: JetBlue

Silver Airways

Covers fliers ticketed to fly on the following dates: Sept. 1-2

Routes covered: Tampa-Tallahassee; Fort Lauderdale-Tallahassee; Tampa-Pensacola; Orlando-Pensacola; Tampa-Jacksonville.

Waiver highlight: Change fee waived for fliers changing their flights to a date before Nov. 15.

More info: Silver Airways

Southwest Airlines

Covers fliers ticketed to fly on the following dates: Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Cities covered: Charleston, S.C; Fort Myers, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Orlando; Panama City, Fla.; Tampa

Waiver highlight: Southwest never charges a change fee. The airline will allow customers ticketed during the eligible dates to reschedule their flights within two weeks of the original travel date without paying a difference in fare.

More info: Southwest Airlines 

Spirit Airlines

Covers fliers ticketed to fly on the following dates: Varies by city

Cities covered: Tampa (Sept. 1) and Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Sept. 2-3)

Waiver highlight: Change fee waived for fliers changing their flights to a date between Aug. 31 and Sept. 7. For travel beyond Sept. 7, customers may be able to apply the value of their current tickets toward new ones without paying the standard change fee.

More info: Spirit Airlines

United Airlines

Covers fliers ticketed to fly on the following dates: Sept. 1-3

Cities covered: Charleston, S.C.; Charlotte; Columbia, S.C.; Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Panama City, Fla.; Pensacola, Fla.; Raleigh/Durham; Savannah, Ga.; Tampa.

Waiver highlight: Change fee waived for fliers changing their flight to a date before Sept. 7.

More info: United 

Virgin America


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