|by Nicholas DeRenzo||Airfares & Flying, Emergencies||0|
With Hurricane Irene barreling through the Caribbean and toward the East Coast, let's take a look at what airlines are doing to help if the storm interrupts your travel plans. This information is accurate as of Thursday morning—please visit your individual airline's website to see when and if fee-waiving has been extended to include the East Coast.
JetBlue will waive change-fees for guests traveling to or through the Caribbean, as well as most destinations along the East Coast (including Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, West Palm Beach, the New York metro area, the Boston metro area, the Washington metro area, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, and Portland).
For airports in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and Turks and Caicos, change-fees and fare differences will be waived if travel occurs before September 2. After that, change-fees will be waived, but fare differences may still apply. Refunds are only given if a flight is canceled or delayed by more than two hours.
For airports in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Haiti, and Turks and Caicos, change-fees will be waived.
For airports in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the Bahamas, change-fees will be waived for travel on or before today. The new trip must be taken by August 28.
For customers who have already started their trips, change-fees are waived as long as they fly within seven days of the original travel dates. Full refunds are given if a flight is canceled.
Change fees will be waived for airports in the Caribbean and as far north as Richmond, Va. If you are scheduled to fly to Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina this Saturday or Sunday, flights may be rescheduled for today or tomorrow.
Let us know: Has the storm interrupted your travel plans?
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