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Watching Erika: Airlines waive change fees

Watching Erika: Airlines waive change fees

If you happen to have upcoming flights to the Caribbean and are worried about traveling into the path of tropical storm Erika there is some good news and bad.

The bad news is that Erika is expected to grow in strength over the next few days and continue on its path towards the West. The good news is that the majority of airlines have begun the process of waiving change fees for passengers traveling to destinations that may become affected by the storm.

If you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to check and see if the storm is heading in the direction of your destination. Each airline is listing exemptions for certain cities on it’s website for changes to travel. As the storm gets a more defined path they will likely add more cities so keep an eye on the storm and if it will affect your travel plans.

Should you find out that the storm is in fact going to affect your travel plans, most airlines need you to call them to make the changes without automatically receiving a change fee. However, some airlines do have the technology built into their websites allowing changes made online without fees being added.

Current forecasts have the storm heading toward Puerto Rico, passing just north of the Dominican Republic and then arriving near the South Florida Coast late Sunday. You can get the most up to date information on tropical storm Erika from the National Hurrican Center on Intellicast.com.

Here is a current list of major airlines in the US and there current exemptions:

American Airlines TravelAAlerts

Delta Airlines

JetBlue Airways

Spirit Airlines (PDF)

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines




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