Airlines Waiving Re-Booking Fees With Hurricane Irene On The Way

A really nasty woman named Irene is about to swoop in from the tropics and potentially screw up air travel for everyone. So in advance of the hurricane, many airlines are playing nice with their re-booking fees and policies for flights to and from destinations affected by the storm.

USA Today’s travel section put together this this very helpful list which they are updating as new information comes in, so you may want to check there as the storm draws near:

Air Canada
Customers can make space-available changes with no penalty. Restrictions apply, and can be viewed on Air Canada’s website.
Affected destinations: Bahamas, Turks and Caicos
Dates: Customers ticketed to travel between Aug. 24-28.

AirTran
With restrictions, AirTran is allowing customers to make fee-free changes to their travel plans. Check out AirTran’s website for precise details.
Affected cities: Nassau, Bahamas.
Dates: Customers ticketed to travel between Aug. 25-26.

American
Some affected customers can make space-available changes with no penalty. Rebooking restrictions apply, and can be found on American’s website.
Affected Caribbean destinations: Freeport, Bahamas; George Town-Exuma, Bahamas; La Romana/Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic; Marsh Harbour, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; North Eleuthera, Bahamas; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santiago, Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, Beef Island, British Virgin Islands; Treasure Cay, Bahamas
Affected mainland U.S. destinations: Baltimore; Boston; Hartford; New York JFK; New York LaGuardia; Newark Liberty; Norfolk, Va.; Philadelphia; Raleigh/Durham; Richmond, Va.; Washington Dulles; Washington Reagan National; White Plains, N.Y.; Wilmington, N.C.
Dates: Customers ticketed to travel between Aug. 21-30. (Dates vary by city)

Continental
Some affected customers can make space-available changes with no penalty. Rebooking restrictions apply, and can be found on Continental’s website.
Affected Caribbean destinations: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; Andros Town, Bahamas; Bimini International, Bahamas; Freeport, Bahamas; Governor’s Harbour, Bahamas; Great Exuma Island, Bahamas; Marsh Harbour, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; North Eleuthera, Bahamas; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santiago, Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Treasure Cay, Bahamas.
Affected U.S. mainland destinations: Charleston,S.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Raleigh/Durham.
Dates: Customers ticketed to travel between Aug. 21-26 for Caribbean destinations, Aug. 26-28 for mainland U.S.

Delta
Some affected customers can make space-available changes with no penalty. Rebooking restrictions apply, and can be found on Delta’s website.
Affected island destinations: Georgetown, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Santiago, Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Affected Carolinas destinations: Jacksonville, N.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; New Bern, N.C.; Wilmington, N.C.
Affected Northeast/mid-Atlantic destinations: Baltimore; Long Island MacArthur, N.Y.; New York JFK, New York LaGuardia; Newark Liberty; Newburgh, N.Y.; Newport News, Va.; Norfolk, Va.; Philadelphia; Richmond, Va.; Washington Dulles; Washington Reagan National; White Plains, N.Y.
Dates: Customers ticketed to travel between Aug. 22-25 for island destinations. Aug. 26-28 for Carolinas destinations. Aug. 26-29 for Northeast/mid-Atlantic airports.

Frontier
Some affected customers can make space-available changes with no penalty. Rebooking restrictions apply, and can be found on Frontier’s website.
Affected destinations: Boston, Hartford, Newport News/Williamsburg, New York LaGuardia, Newark, Philadelphia and Washington Reagan National
Dates: Customers ticketed to travel between Aug. 24-29.

JetBlue
Some affected customers can make space-available changes with no penalty. Rebooking restrictions apply, and can be found on JetBlue’s website.
Affected destinations: Bahamas; Baltimore; Boston; Fort Lauderdale; Hartford; Jacksonville, Fla.; New York JFK; New York LaGuardia; Newark Liberty; Newburgh, N.Y.; Orlando; Portland, Maine; Raleigh/Durham; Richmond, Va.; Turks and Caicos; Washington Dulles; Washington Reagan National; West Palm Beach; White Plains, N.Y.
Dates: Customers ticketed to travel between Aug. 22-29. (Varies by city)

Spirit
Some affected customers can make space-available changes with no penalty. Rebooking restrictions apply, and can be found on Spirit’s website.
Affected destinations: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; Atlantic City, N.J.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Nassau, Bahamas; New York LaGuardia; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santiago, Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Washington Reagan National.
Dates: Varies by city.

Southwest
Southwest does not charge a change fee, but it is allowing some customers to make space-available changes with no changes in fare. More details can be found on Southwest’s website.
Affected destinations: Norfolk
Dates: Aug. 27-29

United
Some affected customers can make space-available changes with no penalty. Rebooking restrictions apply, and can be found on United’s website.
Affected Caribbean destinations: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; Andros Town, Bahamas; Bimini International, Bahamas; Freeport, Bahamas; Governor’s Harbour, Bahamas; Great Exuma Island, Bahamas; Marsh Harbour, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; North Eleuthera, Bahamas; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santiago, Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Treasure Cay, Bahamas.
Affected U.S. mainland destinations: Charleston,S.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Raleigh/Durham.
Dates: Customers ticketed to travel between Aug. 21-26 for Caribbean destinations, Aug. 26-28 for mainland U.S.

US Airways
Some affected customers can make space-available changes with no penalty. Rebooking restrictions apply, and can be found on US Airways’ website.
Affected destinations: Charleston, S.C.; Daytona Beach; Fayetteville, N.C.; Fort Lauderdale; Freeport, Bahamas; Greenville, N.C.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Jacksonville, N.C.; Melbourne, Fla.; Miami; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Nassau, Bahamas; New Bern, N.C.; Newport News, Va.; Norfolk, Va.; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Raleigh/Durham; Richmond, Va.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Savannah, Ga.; Providenciales, Turks And Caicos; West Palm Beach; and Wilmington, N.C.
Dates: Customers ticketed to travel between Aug. 24-28 (varies by city).

Virgin America
Some affected customers can make space-available changes with no penalty. Rebooking restrictions apply, and can be found on Virgin America’s website.
Affected destinations: Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York JFK, Washington Dulles.
Dates: Customers ticketed to travel between Aug. 25-26 for Fort Lauderdale and Aug. 27-28 for the others.

Airlines waive fees, rules ahead of Hurricane Irene [USA Today]