Weather Waivers by Airline for Hurricane Irma

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As we’re in the midst of Hurricane Irma hitting several Caribbean Islands as it’s making it’s way up to much of the Southeast, several airlines have posted generous weather waivers on their site allowing passengers to change or cancel their plans without penalty. Hundreds of flight have already been cancelled from the US to the Carribean due to Irma.

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


Affected Cities:

  • Punta Cana, DO (PUJ)
  • San Juan, PR (SJU)
  • Santiago, DO (STI)
  • St. Croix, VI (STX)
  • St. Maarten, SX (SXM)
  • St. Thomas, VI (STT)
  • Turk Caicos ISLS, TC (PLS)

Impacted Travel Dates: September 5 – 9, 2017

Ticket Must be Booked by September 12, 2017

American Airlines

Hurricane Irma – Southeastern U.S.
Information current as of September 6, 2017

If you’re traveling to/through/from the Caribbean or South Florida
The change fee may be waived if you:

Are traveling on an American Airlines flight
Bought your ticket by September 6, 2017
Are scheduled to travel September 6 – 17, 2017
Can travel September 6 – 30, 2017
Change your origin or destination city within 300 miles
Rebook in the same cabin or pay the difference


We have cancelled approximately 150 flights as of Wednesday at 4 p.m. We are taking a number of steps to assist existing customers and support new reservations for those looking to evacuate:

For existing reservations, JetBlue is waiving cancellation fees as well as waiving change fees and differences in air fare for rebooking. Details on these waivers can be found here.

We have added flights to our schedule out of select cities where we have aircraft available. For those looking to evacuate areas in the hurricane’s path, we are offering any remaining seats in select markets at a reduced fare of $99 – $159 including government taxes. Due to high interest in this offer, seats are predominantly sold out.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is closely monitoring the projected track of Hurricane Irma and possible Stations that may experience operational disruptions in the coming days.  Before you head to the airport, please check the status of your flight for the most up-to-date information regarding your flight.

Our scheduled service on Tuesday, September 5, thru Sunday, September 17, may be disrupted (flights may be delayed, diverted, and/or cancelled) at the following cities:

  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Fort Myers (RSW)
  • Havana (HAV)
  • Jacksonville (JAX)
  • Nassau (NAS)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Punta Cana (PUJ)
  • San Juan (SJU)
  • Tampa (TPA)
  • West Palm Beach (PBI)

Customers who are holding reservations on Tuesday, September 5, thru Sunday, September 17, 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 accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

United Airlines


  • Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, FL (VPS)
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
  • Ft. Myers, FL (RSW)
  • Jacksonville, FL (JAX)
  • Miami, FL (MIA)
  • Orlando, FL (MCO)
  • Panama City, FL (ECP)
  • Pensacola, FL (PNS)
  • Tampa, FL (TPA)
  • West Palm Beach, FL (PBI)

Original travel date(s):

September 5, 2017 – September 17, 2017

Flight changes: The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before September 30, 2017, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed 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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  1. Do you know if AA is waiving the change in fare or just the change fee? My brother is traveling via Charlotte to Orlando to visit me in a few days, so there’s a good chance he isn’t making it!

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