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American Airlines, Delta expand Irma travel waivers to Georgia


Wind from Hurricane Irma whip the flags on City Hall, Monday, Sept., 11, 2017, in Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but the winds are still strong, and airlines are making adjustments to accommodate travelers.

On Sunday, American Airlines (AAL) announced that their travel waiver now includes a total of 50 airports. In addition to 15 airports in Florida, the alert also involves destinations in Southeast U.S., The Bahamas, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

Those customers with flights affected by the storm will be able to alter their itineraries without paying the $150 change fee. In order to apply, you must be scheduled to fly between now Sept. 11 and Sept. 17. If you rebook, you can travel until Sept. 30 and change your origin or destination city within 600 miles of your original itinerary.

Travelers flying from certain cities will also receive discounted tickets. American Airlines has capped Main Cabin fares at $99 each way from airports affected in Florida as well as Charleston, S.C., Hilton Head, S.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Savannah, Ga. The fares will apply to flights out of the specified cities until Sept. 17.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, accommodating 100 million passengers every year. ( Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta)

Delta Airlines (DAL) canceled 800 flights on Monday, as Hurricane Irma continued its path north towards Atlanta. The airline predicts that a strong 40 mph crosswind will impact the runways in Georgia, making takeoff and landing difficult. Those travelers wishing to change or cancel their flights can do so without incurring the $150 fee. In total, Delta’s travel waiver applies to 38 airports in Georgia, Florida, Cuba, and parts of the Caribbean.

Even more, Delta is temporarily waiving the $125 fee for bringing your pet into the plane’s Main Cabin. From now until Sept. 12, customers traveling from 32 airports can carry on their pets for free,  as long as the animal is properly contained in accordance with Delta’s policies.

Over at JetBlue Airways (JBLU), officials have canceled approximately 520 flights between Sept. 10 and Sept. 11. An additional 730 flights have been proactively canceled through Sept. 13. The airline, which makes regular trips to the Caribbean, is offering travel waivers to customers flying to 15 airports in Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic. The $150 fee to change flights has been removed for these flights and customers will be able to rebook their itineraries for travel through Sept. 27, or cancel their flights for a full refund. The travel waiver also applies to 11 airports in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

And finally, Southwest Airlines (LUV) says that they will operate a reduced schedule on Sept. 11 for airports in Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala. Flights to eight cities in Florida have been canceled on Monday, and a total of 2,000 flights have been canceled so far through Wednesday. The airline plans to resume normal operations for a few flights to the state Sept. 12.

Brittany is a reporter at Yahoo Finance. 

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