Hurricane Earl Takes Aim at East Coast – Airlines Waive Fees for Changes

UPDATE as of Friday 9-3-10, 7am EDT: Hurricane Earl is still expected to clip Cape Cod sometime early Saturday, but it is losing steam. Check the airline links below (we’ve added American Airlines to our list) and see if your carrier is offering to waive change fees (many are).

Here’s the latest look at Hurricane Earl and its predicted path.


Take a look at the grim picture below – Hurricane Earl is heading up the East Coast, and your flight could be affected.

See the Airline Advisory Links Below

To give you an idea of the strength and breadth of this storm, as of this writing hurricane warnings have just been issued for parts of Massachusetts.

Many Cities Affected by Approach of Hurricane Earl

It is also possible you won’t be traveling anywhere near the storm site, but you could still be affected, thanks to delays. Call it the domino effect, so be prepared.

Airlines are offering to waive change fees as Earl approaches. For example, Delta and United are now waiving those expensive “change fees” (as much as $150) for travelers on flights today and tomorrow (and perhaps beyond), covering more than 20 airports each; these include New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Baltimore, Wilmington (North Carolina) and more.

If You’re Going to Change, Change Your Flight Now

And that list of affected airports seems to be growing minute by minute.

Don’t delay. If you are going to change your flight, get in line now – and by “get in line” I mean, get on the phone, go online, and if you’re at the airport, then actually get yourself to a reservations desk or gate agent.

Remember, there will be a lot of people wanting to change tickets – the sooner you get going, the better.

Links to Airlines and Hurricane Advisories

Here are some links to airlines that are waiving fees – but please note, the situation is as fluid as the hurricane itself, so check your carrier’s website frequently.

NOTE: Some of the airlines are doing a good job of letting passengers know about anticipated problems with Earl, while others have this information in teeny-tiny lettering on the website – when in doubt, look for the word “news” or “advisory”.


Published: September 2, 2010