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Cancelled vacation over Hurricane Irma? What you need to know.

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Posted at 6:26 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-13 12:06:24-04

You may have heard some airlines are capping one-way flights out of Florida for Hurricane Irma evacuees, but people who already have pre-arranged travel plans to South Florida, the Bahamas or the Caribbean are facing a different planning nightmare. 

AirBnB:
Regardless of your hosts’ cancellation policy, “significant natural disasters and severe weather events” are covered under the company’s extenuating circumstances policy.

In order to get a refund, you first need to cancel your reservation and then file a claim. 

During Hurricane Harvey, AirBnB refunded all reservations affected by Harvey, and even rallied local hosts to provide free rooms to those who had lost their homes. 

Airlines:
Delta, United and American Airlines are all offering similar rebooking options. 

If you were scheduled to travel in, out or through a Florida airport between now and Sept. 17th, you can rebook for no charge, but you have to travel by Sept. 30. 

If you do not travel by Sept. 30th, you have a year to rebook your ticket, but you will pay for any fare increases that might come up. You also might be charged a $200 change fee.

If you do not travel by Sept. 30th, you could also get a refund, but you will most likely be subject to a $200 penalty fee.

Finally, you could always wait it out. If you flight gets cancelled you could be eligible for a full refund. However, if your flight takes off, you will lose all money.

Travel alert links for major domestic airlines can be found below.

Download Storm Shield App, www.StormShieldAlerts.com

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Scripps National Desk
1:29 PM, Dec 17, 2018

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HURRICANE WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.