More Airlines Offering Travel Waivers Due To California Wildfires
By Parker Diakite
As safety and rescue crews continue to combat the destructive wildfires across Northern and Southern California, more airline companies are issuing travel waivers to those impacted.
The death toll has jumped to 42, hundreds of people are missing, and more than 7,000 homes have been destroyed, deeming this wildfire the most destructive in state history, as reported in CNBC.
Here’s how airlines are responding to those impacted by the wildfires:
According to a statement on the company’s website, American Airlines will allow passengers to change their trip with no change fee. Those traveling from Burbank, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Francisco can redeem a waiver to reschedule original flights planned for Nov. 10 through the 13 if they can travel by Nov. 18.
Also, the company has activated its disaster response giving process. From now through Dec. 10, AAdvantage members can earn 10 miles for every dollar donated to the Red Cross with a minimum $25 donation.
Customers traveling through or from Burbank, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, or Sacramento can rebook a ticket through Nov. 18 without a fee as long as the ticket was purchased on or before Nov. 12.
A statement on Delta’s website states that passengers who wish to cancel their trip as a result of a flight cancellation or significant delay (90 minutes or more) are entitled to a refund for the unused portion of your ticket.
Customers who have reservations from and to Burbank, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose between Nov. 9 and Nov. may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel, according to Southwest officials.
The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before November 25, 2018, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin and between the same cities as originally ticketed, a statement reads on United Airlines’ website.