American Airlines Flight 718, the first US Boeing 737 MAX commercial flight since regulators lifted a 20-month lockdown in November, will depart Miami, Florida, USA on December 29, 2020.
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Major US airlines eased ticket change policies for several cities in Florida as Tropical Storm Elsa approached the state.
Tropical storms were expected in the Florida Keys and southwest Florida on Monday evening and Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. The storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour, the NOAA said.
American Airlines said the most restrictive ticket rebooking fees, basic economy and all fare differences will be waived for all travelers booked to or from Fort Meyers, Key West, Sarasota and Tampa by July 7th if customers are booked by Aug. May travel July After that, a tariff difference would apply.
Delta Airlines provide for a similar exemption for the same cities if travelers can rebook their tickets for flights by 10 July at the latest. United AirlinesThe waiver applies to these cities as well as Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach and Orlando.
These airlines last year canceled ticket change fees for standard economy bookings and above, an attempt to boost sales during the pandemic. Competitor Southwest Airlines no exchange fees charged before the pandemic.
However, the airline’s new policy does not apply to non-refundable and non-modifiable Basic Economy tickets.
Tropical storms, hurricanes, and snowstorms can often make it easier for airlines to prepare as they usually have advance warning and can cancel flights early enough to avoid customers being stuck at the airport or crews out of place.
More unpredictable summer thunderstorms can cause greater disruption, as the airlines experienced late last week when hundreds of flights were operated canceled or delayed during a busy vacation travel season.