Weather Waivers by Airline for Hurricane Matthew

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As we’re in the midst of Hurricane Matthew hitting Florida and much of the Southeast, several airlines have posted their weather waivers on their site allowing passengers to change or cancel their plans without penalty. According to, 915 flights have been cancelled today with another 2,755 delayed today in the United States.


A number of airlines have put up their weather waivers, and here are their plans:

American Airlines

Information current as of October 6, 2016

If you’re traveling to/through/from:

  • Daytona Beach, Florida (DAB)
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL)
  • Jacksonville, Florida (JAX)
  • Key West, Florida (EYW)
  • Melbourne, Florida (MLB)
  • Miami, Florida (MIA)
  • Orlando, Florida (MCO)
  • West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI)

The change fee may be waived if you:

  • Are traveling on an American Airlines flight
  • Bought your ticket by October 4, 2016
  • Are scheduled to travel October 5 – 10, 2016
  • Can travel October 5 – 15, 2016
  • Don’t change your origin or destination city


Due to Hurricane Matthew, we will waive change/cancel fees and fare differences for customers traveling on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 through Sunday, October 9, 2016 to/from the following cities:

  • Charleston, SC (CHS)
  • Daytona Beach, FL (DAB)
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
  • Jacksonville, FL (JAX)
  • Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)
  • Orlando, FL (MCO)
  • Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU)
  • Savannah/Hilton Head, GA (SAV)
  • West Palm Beach, FL (PBI)

Customers may rebook their flights for travel Tuesday, October 4, 2016 through Tuesday, October 18, 2016 prior to the departure of their originally scheduled flight. Customers with cancelled flights may opt for a refund. Original travel must have been booked on or before Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

Southwest Airlines

Based on the forecasted weather conditions for Nassau (NAS), our scheduled service on Sunday-Friday, October 2-October 7, may also be disrupted (flights may be delayed, diverted, and/or cancelled).

Additionally, based on the forecasted weather conditions for Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), West Palm Beach (PBI), Orlando (MCO), Tampa (TPA), Ft. Myers (RSW), and Jacksonville (JAX) in Florida, and Charleston, South Carolina (CHS), our scheduled service on Tuesday-Saturday, October 4-October 8, may also be disrupted (flights may be delayed, diverted, and/or cancelled).

Based on the forecasted weather conditions for Charlotte (CLT) and Raleigh-Durham (RDU), our scheduled service on Wednesday-Saturday, October 5-October 8, may also be disrupted (flights may be delayed, diverted, and/or cancelled).

Customers who are holding reservations to the destinations on the dates indicated above, and want to alter their travel plans may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

United Airlines


  • Charleston, SC (CHS)
  • Charlotte, NC (CLT)
  • Columbia, SC (CAE)
  • Fayetteville, NC (FAY)
  • Greensboro, NC (GSO)
  • Jacksonville, FL (JAX)
  • Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR)
  • Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU)
  • Savannah, GA (SAV)

Original travel date(s):

October 6 – 9, 2016

Flight changes: The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new flights departing on or before October 14, 2016, as long as travel is rescheduled in the same cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.

Bottom Line:

As always, check with your airline on-line for the latest flight status.  Airlines always encourage you to re-book yourself over the web, but if you call, be prepared for longer than normal wait times to talk to an agent.

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