- National Hurricane Center
With Hurricane Irma expected to make landfall in Florida later this week, the Sunshine State is preparing to take on the 185 mph winds of the Category five storm.
One projection shows Irma reaching South Florida by Saturday morning before heading north up the peninsula.
Florida officials are already issuing evacuation orders, and based on the path of destruction Irma has carved out in the Caribbean, air travel in the state is going to be severely affected over the next few days.
Major US airlines that operate in South Florida are offering travel waivers that will allow travelers with reservations for flights into and out of the region to change their reservations or receive refunds without any additional fees.
The details of the travel waiver vary by the airline based on destination and original date of travel, and they’re not unlimited. You have to rebook your flight pretty soon after the cancellation, for example. So, for instance, you could be eligible for a waiver on American Airlines flights to or from Daytona Beach, if the ticket was bought before yesterday and if you rebook to another city within 300 miles and travel by the 15th. The list of cities and parameters could change as the storm approaches. Here are the links to most of the major US airlines operating in Florida.
Click here for American’s travel waiver information.
Click here for JetBlue’s travel waiver information.Click here for Southwest’s travel waiver information.Click here for Delta’s travel waiver information. Click here for United’s travel waiver information.
Click here for Virgin America’s travel waiver information. Click here for Alaska Air’s travel waiver information. Click here for Frontier’s travel waiver information. Click here for Spirit’s travel waiver information.