Airlines Issue Travel Waivers in Southeast US for Tropical Storm Gordon

Sep 4, 2018

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Tropical Storm Gordon is heading for the Gulf Coast of the US and is expected to make landfall late on Tuesday night as a Category 1 hurricane.

The Weather Channel says that parts of the northern Gulf Coast can expect heavy rainfall of up to 12 inches, which is likely to cause flash floods in some cities in Gordon’s path — flash flood warnings have been issued in southeastern Louisiana, southern and central Mississippi, far southeastern Arkansas, southwestern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.

Tropical Storm Gordon's path. (Image by the Weather Channel.)
Tropical Storm Gordon’s path. (Image by the Weather Channel.)

Although landfall won’t occur until Tuesday evening, storm-force winds were expected Tuesday afternoon, and the storm pattern is already interrupting flights in the region, and airlines have begun issuing travel waivers. TPG reported Monday that Delta and Southwest have issued travel waivers for Gordon. Now, other airlines are following suit.

Here are the latest waivers as of 2:00pm on Tuesday:

American Airlines

  • Affected airports:
    • Baton Rouge, Louisiana (BTR)
    • Panama City, Florida (ECP)
    • Gulfport / Biloxi, Mississippi (GPT)
    • Lafayette, Louisiana (LFT)
    • Mobile, Alabama (MOB)
    • New Orleans, Louisiana (MSY)
    • Pensacola, Florida (PNS)
    • Destin / Fort Walton Beach, Florida (VPS)
  • Must have purchased ticket by: September 3, 2018
  • Affected Travel Dates:  September 3, 2018 – September 5, 2018
  • Rebooked travel must occur between September 3, 2018 – September 9, 2018

The change fee may be waived if you are traveling on an American Airlines flight, and you don’t change your origin or destination city. Rebook in the same cabin or pay the difference.


  • Affected airports:
    • New Orleans, LA (MSY)
    • Jackson, MS (JAN)
    • Pensacola, FL (PNS)
  • Must have purchased ticket on or before: September 3, 2018
  • Affected travel dates: From September 4, 2018 to September 6, 2018
  • Rebooked travel must occur no later than Friday, September 28, 2018.

Origin and destination cities may be changed. Customers whose flights are cancelled may request a refund here.

Spirit Airlines

  • Affected airports:
    • New Orleans, LA (MSY)
  • Affected travel dates: September 4-5, 2018
  • Rebooked travel must occur by September 11, 2018.

Guests can make changes to their reservations affected by this event by going to our Manage Travel page, or by calling the Spirit Reservations Center at 801-401-2222 to make their flight changes. To make changes to Spirit Vacation packages contact Spirit Vacations at 954-698-0125.

United Airlines

  • Affected airports:
    • Alexandria, LA (AEX)
    • Baton Rouge, LA (BTR)
    • Ft. Walton Beach, FL (VPS)
    • Gulfport, MS (GPT)
    • Jackson, MS (JAN)
    • Lafayette, LA (LFT)
    • Lake Charles, LA (LCH)
    • Mobile, AL (MOB)
    • Monroe, LA (MLU)
    • New Orleans, LA (MSY)
    • Panama City, FL (ECP)
    • Pensacola, FL (PNS)
    • Shreveport, LA (SHV)
  • Affected travel dates: September 4, 2018 – September 5, 2018
  • Rebooked travel must occur on or before September 9, 2018.

Travel must be rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​


  • Affected airports:
    • New Orleans, LA (MSY)
  • Affected travel dates: September 4, 2018 through September 5, 2018
  • Original travel must have been booked on or before September 3, 2018.
  • Rebooked travel must occur on or before September 7, 2018.

Customers may rebook their flights online in the ‘Manage Flights’ section of or by calling 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) prior to the departure time of their originally scheduled flight. Customers with cancelled flights may also opt for a refund to the original form of payment.

Alaska Airlines

  • Affected airports:
    • New Orleans (MSY)
  • Affected travel dates: September 4 – 6, 2018
  • Ticket must have been purchased on or before: September 3, 2018
  • Rebooked travel must occur on or before: September 14, 2018

Alaska will waive the change fees and the difference in the price of the ticket if the new travel is booked to or from the affected cities in the same cabin and travel is completed on or before September 14, 2018. Additional taxes may apply. You may request a refund if you choose not to travel at all. Tickets must be exchanged or refunded prior to the departure of your original flight. Rebook your flight or apply for a refund online.


  • Affected airports:
    • New Orleans (MSY)
    • Pensacola (PNS)
    • Panama City (ECP)
  • Affected travel dates: September 4 – September 5

Customers who are holding reservations on the abovementioned dates, and want to alter their travel plans may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.


  • Affected airports:
    • Baton Rouge, La. (BTR)
    • Destin, Fla. (VPS)
    • Gulfport, Miss. (GPT)
    • Lafayette, La. (LFT)
    • Mobile, Ala. (MOB)
    • New Orleans (MSY)
    • Panama City, Fla. (ECP)
    • Pensacola, Fla. (PNS)
  • Affected travel dates: September 4-5, 2018
  • Ticket must be issued on or before: September 9, 2018
  • Rebooked travel must begin by: September 9, 2018

Eligibility only for customers with an Original Ticket Issue Date on or before September 3, 2018.  Changes to origins and destinations may result in an increase in fare. Any difference in fare between your original ticket and the new ticket will be collected at the time of booking.

Featured image by The Weather Channel.

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