Hurricane Rina Gains Strength, May Threaten Travel Plans

According to the latest from the National Hurricane Center, Rina has strengthened into a Category 2 storm, with winds of 100 miles per hour.

Where the Hurricane Could Hit

The NHC tracking map as well as news reports indicate it is churning toward resorts on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun.

Authorities in Mexico have issued a hurricane watch, but so far we have seen no advisories from the airlines. However, if your travels will take you to this hurricane region later this week, start preparing for possible changes now.

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Watch for Airline Waivers

Again, so far no domestic U.S. airlines have issued any travel alerts, but it could happen as the hurricane moves closer to land. Stay on top of this by signing up for alerts from your carrier.

In recent years, airlines have been pro-active in issuing ticket waivers in advance of bad weather, and there’s no reason to believe they will stop now. Each airline handles this slightly differently, but in general you are allowed to cancel or rebook your ticket without paying the change fee which can cost up to $150.

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Stay on top of the news from the Hurricane Center and the airlines, and start thinking of alternative dates for your trip, should it come that.

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Published: October 25, 2011