With Hurricane Iselle bearing down on Hawaii, airlines are letting travelers waive flight-change fees and some are offering refunds/credit for passengers who want to cancel completely. And they’re warning passengers that flights to and from the islands could be disrupted on Aug. 7-8.
Hotels such as the major Outrigger chain, with dozens of properties in Hawaii, also are waiving cancellation/change fees for rooms.
Hurricane Iselle is expected to make landfall Thursday in Hawaii. On its heels is Hurricane Julio, expected to hit Hawaii on Sunday night. (Get updates through the National Weather Service in Honolulu.
Here’s what some airlines are doing:
Alaska Airlines, which has frequent daily flights from Seattle and other West Coast cities to the major islands, says passengers with tickets purchased on or before Aug. 5 for travel on Aug. 7 or 8 can change flights without penalties. New travel must be booked and completed by Aug. 12. Or travelers can request a refund with no fee. See more Alaska Airlines details here.
Delta Air Lines also is waiving change fees for flights to/from Hawaii that were scheduled for Aug. 7-8. Or the reservation can be canceled and the unused value of the ticket applied to another ticket. See Delta details here.
Hawaiian Airlines is waiving change fees and fare differences. See Hawaiian’s policy here.
For travelers with hotel reservations, major chains such as Outrigger are not charging fees for cancellation or date changes. The word from Outrigger: “If you prefer to cancel or modify an existing reservation, cancellation fees will be waived for arrival dates from Tuesday, August 5 through Tuesday, August 12, 2014. This applies to any hotel or condo in Hawaii managed by Outrigger.” More Outrigger details here.