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Track Hurricane Irene -- and airline waivers on ticket changes

August 23, 2011|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Satellite image of Hurricane Irene on Tuesday north of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.
Satellite image of Hurricane Irene on Tuesday north of the Caribbean island… (National Oceanic and Atmospheric…)

If you're traveling between the East Coast and the Caribbean anytime soon (and you might wish you weren't), Mashable has put together a cool blog post on 12 websites good for tracking Hurricane Irene. The hurricane, making its way through the Caribbean, is expected to slam the East Coast this weekend, but authorities aren't sure exactly where it will land, according to this Reuters story.

Travelers should keep an eye on at least one of the sites recommended by Mashable to see how their plans may be affected. Airlines have already started issuing fee waivers for ticket changes in some of the affected areas.

So how do you track flight changes? Check with your airline online or by phone -- and on its Facebook and Twitter feeds -- for the most up-to-date information and how to change your flight. Here are some airlines that are waiving change fees, as of Tuesday.

American Airlines [(800) 433-7300]: Passengers traveling Tuesday through Friday may change tickets until Aug. 31 to or from the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Delta [(800) 221-1212]: Passengers scheduled to travel Tuesday through Thursday can reschedule flights through Sunday to or from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Bahamas.

JetBlue [(800) 538-2583]: Wednesday and Thursday flights to or from Nassau, Bahamas, can be rebooked through Sunday; flights Tuesday and Wednesday to or from Turks and Caicos can be rebooked through Aug. 31; flights Tuesday to or from Dominican Republic can be rebooked through Monday and flights Tuesday to or from Puerto Rico can be rebooked through Saturday.

United Airlines, [(800) 864-8331]: Changes are allowed on flights through Friday to and from the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic. Check with the airline for rescheduling dates.

U.S. Airways [(800) 428-4322]: Passengers are advised that Thursday and Friday flights to and from these destinations may be changed without penalty: Freeport, Bahamas; and Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Miami and West Palm Beach in Florida.

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