As Hurricane Hilary approaches Southern California- Airlines provide waivers

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Airlines are providing waivers as Hurricane Hilary approaches the west coast of the Baja California peninsula to provide travellers flexibility in case the storm alters their travel plans.

Fewer than 200 American flights had been cancelled and roughly 1,800 had been delayed as of 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.

In accordance with Department of Transportation policy, passengers are automatically entitled to a refund if their flight is cancelled for any reason; however, airlines are given additional latitude in the event of delays. The DOT maintains a dashboard that can be used by passengers to understand how airlines handle delay compensation.

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American Airlines Hurricane Hilary waiver

Some passengers booked on flights with American between August 20 and 21 won’t be charged any change costs, but their new flight must depart by August 25. Passengers flying into, out of, or through the following cities are covered by the waiver:

  • Bakersfield, California (BFL)
  • Burbank, California (BUR)
  • Los Angeles, California (LAX)
  • Ontario, California (ONT)
  • Palm Springs, California (PSP)
  • San Diego, California (SAN)
  • San Luis Obispo, California (SBP)
  • Santa Ana/Orange County, California (SNA)
  • Santa Barbara, California (SBA)

Additionally, American is waiving change fees for travellers departing from and arriving at Los Cabos International Airport in Mexico on August 19–20. Their new trip must be taken before August 22.

Hurricane Hilary waiver on Delta Airlines

For passengers flying to, from, or via Los Cabos International Airport on August 19–20, Delta is waiving change fees and ticket variations. The new journey must happen by August 23.

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