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September 19, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Alaska extends no-penalty changes for Cabos flights; long closures for hurricane-hit hotels

Tourist Carl Hassler of California stands next to debris and damaged furniture at the entrance of the Hilton hotel  in Los Cabos earlier this week after it sustained severe damage during  Hurricane Odile.   (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Tourist Carl Hassler of California stands next to debris and damaged furniture at the entrance of the Hilton hotel in Los Cabos earlier this week after it sustained severe damage during Hurricane Odile. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Some major resorts in Los Cabos, slammed by Hurricane Odile, won’t reopen until at least the end of October.  That’s prompting airlines, including Alaska Airlines which is a major carrier from Seattle and California to the Mexican resort, to extend no-penalty change fees.

Alaska passengers who had flights booked from Sept. 14 to Nov. 20 can get a full refund with no fee. Or they can rebook, in certain time periods, with no penalties. Alaska also has extended the no-fee changes to other Mexican cities after the hurricane caused extensive damage Sunday night.

Here’s the word from Alaska:

“We will waive the change fees and the difference in the price of your ticket, if your new travel is booked in the same cabin. This applies to flights to Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Manzanillo, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Guadalajara, or Mexico City completed on or before December 20, 2014.”

The airline added: “If you would like to rebook your trip and travel after December 20, 2014, we will waive the change fees only for travel to Los Cabos  through August 1, 2015. Tickets must be exchanged or refunded by August 1, 2015.”

Among the major resorts in Los Cabos that are closed at least until Oct. 31 because of hurricane damage are the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar and Westin Resort and Spa Los Cabos, according to Travel Weekly. The Hyatt Place Los Cabos and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos won’t be accepting reservations for a month, said the industry publication.

In Los Cabos, the airport remains closed to commercial flights because of extensive damage in the Sunday night hurricane, but thousands of tourists are being evacuated each day  by Mexican military flights and commercial airlines that are flying relief flights.

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