This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Since Bali’s aging volcano Mt. Agung began erupting five days ago, authorities have advised residents and those visiting to remain calm. However, on Monday morning local time, Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) was forced to close due to the volcano’s ash — and TPG himself is stuck on the island. You can follow along with him on both Instagram and Facebook as he navigates the situation. He also did a Facebook Live from the airport to show how the closure is affecting both him and the folks at Denpasar:

TPG also posted a number of photos from Denpasar showing the activity there during the closure:

According to The Telegraph, the alert for Mt. Agung has been raised to its highest level, just days after it first erupted. As a result, those within 10 kilometers of the volcano have been ordered to evacuate. At this point, Denpasar is closed for incoming and departing flights. Based on the airport’s latest report, more than 7,000 passengers are stranded.

The head of Bali’s geological agency, Kasbani, said the island doesn’t expect a big eruption; however, the government is forced to remain alert and anticipate anything. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency reports that the airport will consider reopening operations on Tuesday after evaluating the situation. The airport said that it would “make it easier” for passengers to get refunds for their travel or to make alternative arrangements.

Of course, each airline has its own rules on rebooking travel:

  • Singapore Airlines has issued an announcement informing passengers of cancelled flights. Customers with travel booked between November 27 and December 4, 2017, to or from DPS, can contact their nearest Singapore Airlines ticket office for rebooking. The new travel date must commence on or before January 31, 2018.
  • AirAsia cancelled its flights on Sunday afternoon into DPS and Lombok (LOP). Affected customers will be allowed to either change to a new travel time on the same route within 30 calendar days of the original flight time without additional charge, or retain the value of their fare in an AirAsia credit for future travel. The airline did not provide an update on its Monday flight schedule.
  • Qantas said flights were continuing as of Sunday afternoon but were subject to immediate change without much warning. It has not yet updated its info for Monday.

We have yet to hear anything from Qatar Airways as of this writing, but will update this post when we receive new information from Qatar and from any of the affected carriers.

If you have travel booked to Bali in the coming days, weeks or months, it could be a good idea to rethink those plans. At this time, it’s not known how the Mt. Agung situation will continue to evolve, but follow TPG on both Instagram and Facebook as he navigates the eruption and airport closure.

Featured image by NurPhoto/Getty Images.

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN

LIMITED TIME OFFER. Aside from the 100,000 points welcome bonus (available until 8/8/18), Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn up to 100,000 Membership Rewards® Points.
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 & an extra 50,000 points after you spend an additional $15,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 8/8/18.†
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on
  • Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's 1.5 points per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
  • 35% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back, up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year.
  • You can also receive 35% points back on all First and Business class flights, with all airlines available through American Express Travel.
  • You can enjoy access to The American Express Global Lounge Collection℠ offering access to the most lounges across the globe, when compared with other U.S. credit card offerings. As of 11/2017
  • Terms Apply
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.