Hurricane Isaac to Impact Gulf Coast Air Travel

Tropical Storm Isaac in Gulf of Mexico

Isaac To Wreak Havoc – Updated United Rebooking Options

Tropical Storm Isaac has entered the Gulf of Mexico and the Hurricane Forecast Center is preparing to upgrade the storm to a Category 1 Hurricane. Hurricane Warnings are in effect across the Gulf states as there is still a cone of uncertainty as to where it will hit.

At this point, it appears New Orleans (MSY) is near the bulls-eye on the 7th anniversary of Katrina.

If you are traveling United Airlines, the following Gulf Coast waiver is in effect for those scheduled to travel between August 26 and August 30, 2012.

The cities included in the Gulf Coast Waiver include:

  • Baton Rouge, LA (BTR)
  • Fort Walton Beach, FL (VPS)
  • Gulfport/Biloxi (GPT)
  • Jackson, MS (JAN)
  • Mobile, AL (MOB)
  • New Orleans (MSY)
  • Pensacola, FL (PNS)
  • Tallahassee, FL (TLH)

Passengers with tickets to/from the above cities between August 26, 2012, and August 30, 2012, may reschedule their flights for travel no later than one year from the date of issue on the ticket without any charge.

If necessary, you can also cancel your travel and obtain a full refund to the original form of payment if you wish to cancel your plans.

United Customers may make changes via the United website or over the phone at 1-800-UNITED-1.

American Airlines Travel Waiver for Gulf States

Hurricane / Tropical Storm Issac will cause delays, cancellations, closed airports and a large impact on American Airlines Operations.

Passengers traveling to the Gulf States will be impacted by Isaac, as such American Airlines and American Eagle will offer their customers the convenience of changing their travel plans.

The following options apply if you are traveling to, through or from:

  • Alexandria, La. (AEX)
  • Baton Rouge, La. (BTR)
  • Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (VPS)
  • Gulfport / Biloxi, Miss. (GPT)
  • Jackson, Miss. (JAN)
  • Lafayette, La. (LFT)
  • Lake Charles, La. (LCH)
  • Mobile / Pascagoula, Ala. (MOB)
  • New Orleans, La. (MSY)
  • Pensacola, Fla. (PNS)

If your ticket was issued no later than Aug. 27, and you were scheduled to travel between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30, you may make one change, with no additional cost to your ticket, and you can travel between Aug. 27 and Sept. 2.

To change travel dates, contact an American Reservations representative at 1-800-433-7300 within the U.S.

For calls from Canada, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, call 1-800-981-4757.

If you are calling from outside the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, please see AA Worldwide Reservations Numbers.

Additional Advice

If your flight is cancelled, this provides you, the consumer, with additional options. One option is canceling the ticket(s) and getting a full refund. If you wish to travel, you may have additional flexibility when it comes to your new dates of travel.

As airlines are operating smaller planes with full loads on many days, it can sometimes be difficult to find a seat, especially after a period of irregular operations.

If traveling on another airline, check with them for the details of any travel waiver.

If you want to give a flight to your destination a go, be aware it is possible you may get caught in a hub city overnight. If this happens, visitHotels.comfor a last minute booking.

Reimbursement of prepaid travel expenses for Hurricane / T.S. Isaac

Should you have any prepaid, non-refundable travel items such as hotels (i.e. priceline bid, hotwire) and no travel insurance, you can try to work with them. If you have travel insurance, such claims are typically straight-forward.

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

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