Tropical Storm Isaac to Wreak Air Travel Havoc

Tropical Storm Isaac to Become Hurricane

United Customers Provided Weather Waiver for Tropical Storm Isaac

Note: Airline travel waivers are being updated to reflect path of Isaac as the storm track changes. The West Coast of Florida may still receive high wind gusts, but the most recent National Weather Service update indicates landfall as a hurricane along the gulf states, with New Orleans (MSY) being a potential target on the anniversary of Katrina. Hurricane Warnings are in place along the gulf states and all US offshore energy production platforms are being evacuated in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Isaac is out spinning in the warm Caribbean waters, but once it turns north there is a good likelihood we’ll be dealing with Hurricane Isaac.

While the exact track of the storm is unknown, computer models indicate it will wreak havoc in parts of the Caribbean Sea along with the Bahamas and Florida.

The first weather waiver applies to Caribbean destinations.  United Airlines passengers traveling to/from the following cities with travel dates between August 23, 2012, and August 26, 2012, will be protected by the weather waiver:

  • Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQN)
  • Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP)
  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP)
  • Providenciales (PLS)
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ)
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)
  • Santo Domingo (JBQ)
  • St. Croix (STX)
  • St. Thomas (STT)
  • Tortola (EIS)

The second weather waiver applies to the Bahamas and Florida.   The second waiver is applicable for travel between August 24, 2012, and August 28, 2012, and the following cities:

  • Andros Town (ASD)
  • Bimini (BIM)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Ft. Myers (RWS)
  • Key West (EYW)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Tampa (TPA)
  • West Palm Beach (PBI)

If you are flying to or from one of the affected cities above, United Airlines is aware flights may be disrupted by Tropical Storm Isaac.

Passengers flying on flights to, from, or through, any of the above impacted cities may reschedule their travel tineraries for flights no later than one year from the date of issue of your ticket — Passengers will be able to make a one-time date or time change free of charge.

If you are no longer interested in traveling, you may also request a refund to the original form of payment without penalty.

The airline suggests you make changes online, but you may also call United Reservations at 1-800-UNITED-1.

If you have flights on another carrier and have concerns about the weather, contact the carrier directly and ask if a weather waiver has been issued.

If you have already purchased prepaid hotels, we suggest you submit that and any out of pocket costs to your travel insurance company. No travel insurance? Look at purchasing a policy, as you never know when you’ll need its benefits.

How can $30 save you from a hurricane? Purchase travel insurance through Travel Guard. Coverage starting at $30

It is also worth noting, after a disruption it could take a few days before a seat becomes available. Airlines are flying smaller aircraft and high yields make it difficult to recover after a weather event.

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