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Unless you’ve been under a rock (or maybe out of the country on some amazing vacation), you are probably aware by now Florida and the entire gulf coast has been affected or is being affected by Hurricane Issac. If you are planning on flying into/out of Florida, Mississippi, parts of Alabama, New Orleans, and probably a few other areas, make sure to look into your airlines policy. I’d also suggest booking a flight for the day after they believe things will be cleared to avoid another cancellation and then all following day flights are already booked! I also read that JetBlue has pulled in the big planes to get as many people out of New Orleans as possible.
Reporter Scott Mayerowitz has a great article giving a run down of the various airline policies and what to do if you’ve been affected. To quickly summarize”
“United is offering passengers flying into affected cities three options. They can get a full refund whether or not their flight was cancelled. They can rebook on flights anytime within a year of the day they purchased their ticket and avoid a change fee – but will have to pay for any difference in price. They can rebook onto a flight by this weekend and avoid any change fee and fare differences.
Frontier is letting those passengers who aren’t already traveling move to a flight within its currently published schedule, which goes through March 17.
American is telling passengers with tickets to eastern Florida that they must fly by Wednesday; Key West or western Florida by Friday and the Gulf Coast by Sunday.
Delta is requiring travelers to or from Florida to start their revised plans by Friday and those to or from the Gulf Coast by Sunday.
JetBlue is requiring Florida passengers to fly by Friday.
US Airways also has Florida fliers traveling by Friday and those in the Gulf by Saturday.
Virgin America is giving a bit more leeway, allowing trips to start by Sept. 4.
Spirit Airlines is requiring all travel to be completed by Sept. 27.
Southwest Airlines is requiring passengers to start their new trips within 14 days of the original date of travel. The airline doesn’t charge change fees but requires passengers to pay for a difference in fare.”
It looks like Frontier Airlines has the best policy, and then shockingly enough, Spirit Airlines comes in second place.
Most importantly, if you live in an affected area, please be safe! I know my sister already evacuated NOLA and is hanging out in Austin!