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Tropical Storm Gordon Forces Airlines to Issue Travel Waivers

Sept. 03, 2018
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Tropical Storm Gordon Forces Airlines to Issue Travel Waivers
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Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to become Hurricane Gordon as it moves toward the Alabama and Mississippi coasts. The storm has been bringing heavy winds with it as it soaks south Florida, and it's pushing its way into the Gulf of Mexico, according to the most recent updates from the National Hurricane Center.

The agency has now issued a hurricane warning from the mouth of the Pearl River, Mississippi, to the border between Alabama and Florida, as Gordon is expected to be a Category 1 hurricane by the time it reaches the area, meaning winds as dangerous as 74+ miles per hour could rip into these areas beginning late Tuesday or Tuesday night.

Storms also bring with them disrupted travel plans, so if you're traveling in, out or through one of these areas, you should see if can rebook your flights. A few airlines have begun issuing travel waivers for the affected areas. Here’s what we’re seeing so far:


You may make a one-time change to your ticket without fee if you are scheduled to travel to, from, or through the following destination(s) on Delta, Delta Connection or Delta-coded flights. If the below applies to you, you can rebook your travel plans now on

Travel Dates: September 4-5

Affected Airports (to and from):

  • 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)

Tickets must be reissued before or on: September 9

Rebooked travel must begin by: September 9

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Southwest Airlines

If you're flying Southwest in or out of any of these affected cities on these dates and want to rebook your travel plans, you must do so within 14 days of the original travel date. Customers who purchased their itinerary via or the airline's mobile app are eligible to reschedule their travel plans online or from their mobile device. Customers who did not purchase a ticket via can call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a customer representative.

Travel Dates: September 3-5

Affected Cities:

September 3

  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Fort Myers (RSW)
  • New Orleans (MSY)

September 4-5

  • New Orleans (MSY)
  • Pensacola (PNS)

No waivers have been issued (yet) by Alaska, American, JetBlue or United.

Remember, if you can’t delay your itinerary, airlines generally won't take responsibility for paying for meals or hotels in the case of weather-related delays/cancellations. But some credit cards have flight delay/cancellation insurance that will reimburse you for weather issues, including the Citi Prestige ($500 per passenger for 6+ hour delay), the Chase Sapphire Reserve ($500 per ticket for 6+ hour or overnight delay) and the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card ($500 per ticket for 12+ hour or overnight delay).

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