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Hurricane Dorian, classified as a Category 2 storm on Friday, could be an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 by the time it makes landfall, with wind speeds between 130-140 mph. 

The storm, expected to come ashore somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia, has prompted multiple airlines to waive change fees for passengers who need to make alterations to their travel plans for Florida and the Caribbean.

Check the list below to see each airline’s policy, as well as announcements from cruise lines about itinerary changes for ships in the area.

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Hurricane Dorian airline waivers

Several airlines, which had already waived change fees for Caribbean flights, have now added multiple Florida airports to their Hurricane Dorian alerts. Passengers should monitor airline websites for changes, but here athe U.S. airlines offering travel waivers: 

American: Passengers who booked reservations by Aug. 29 and are scheduled to travel to, through or from the following Florida cities through Wednesday without changing their origin or destination city or cabin as long as they travel by Sept. 11: Daytona Beach (DAB), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Fort Myers (RSW), Gainesville (GNV), Jacksonville (JAX), Key West (EYW), Melbourne (MLB), Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO), Sarasota/Bradenton, Tallahassee (SRQ), Tampa (TPA) and West Palm Beach (PBI).

American is also waiving the change fee for flights scheduled through Aug. 31 for multiple areas in the Bahamas and Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos islands. Travel must be completed by Sept. 7.

Delta: Passengers traveling through the following cities in Florida and Georgia through Wednesday can rebook their flights by Sept. 10 without paying a change fee: Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key West, Melbourne, Miami, Orlando, Sarasota/Bradenton, Tallahassee, Tampa, West Palm Beach. Georgia: Brunswick (BQK), Valdosta (VLD). 

Southwest: Travelers flying to, from or through the following Florida cities through Wednesday can rebook in their original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of the original departure date without incurring fees: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers,  Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and West Palm Beach.

Southwest’s fee-waiver policy also applies to passengers who were scheduled to fly to, from or through Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (PLS); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ); San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) through Friday; Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)  through Sunday.

Spirit: The carrier is waiving change fees for flights scheduled through Tuesday to, from or through the following Florida cities: Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa as long as the change is made by Sept. 18.

Spirit passengers who were scheduled to fly to, through or from the following Carribean locations through Friday can make changes without incurring a fee if they rebook by Thursday: Aguadilla (BQN) and San Juan, Puerto Rico; Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP); Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, and Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI).

Frontier: Customers who made reservations by Aug. 28 to travel to, from or through the following Florida cities by Tuesday can make one itinerary change without incurring a change fee: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Sarasota/Bradenton, Tampa and West Palm Beach. Travel must be completed by Sept. 27. Customers whose flights were canceled can request a refund.

Frontier is also waiving fees for changing flights scheduled through Aug. 30 to, from or through Punta Cana and San Juan as long as the tickets were purchased by Aug. 25.

United: Passengers who were supposed to travel to, from or through the following Florida cities through Wednesday can rebook without incurring a change fee as long as the flight is rescheduled by Sept. 11: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Key West, Miami, Orlando, Sarasota/Bradenton, Tampa and West Palm Beach. The policy also applies to Nassau, Bahamas.

JetBlue: Customers who purchased tickets by Aug. 29 to travel to or from the following Florida cities by Tuesday will not incur a change fee for rebooking by Sept. 10: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Palm Beach, Sarasota/Bradenton and Tampa. You must make the changes in the Manage Flights section of JetBlue.com or call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) prior to the departure of the original flight.

JetBlue is  also waiving change/cancellation fees and fare differences for customers flying through Aug. 29 to, from or through: Aguadilla and Ponce (PSE), Puerto Rico; San Juan; and St. Thomas (STT). Flights must be rebooked by Sunday. 

Cruise ship itinerary changes

Earlier this week, Disney Cruise Lines sand Royal Caribbean began altering the routes of Port Canaveral, Florida-based ships to move them out of Dorian’s path.

Royal Caribbean: The cruise line has already moved three ships – Allure, Harmony and Symphony – from eastern to western Caribbean routes and promised updates on Symphony’s plans for Saturday and Tuesday by 3 p.m. EDT on Friday.  Multiple changes were also made to the itineraries for Navigator and Mariner.

Royal Caribbean has also closed its private Island, CocoCay, with plans to reopen on Wednesday.  Ships scheduled to visit CocoCay before then will instead visit Nassau.

Disney Cruise Line: Disney had already changed Fantasy to a western route. Another ship, Dream, will depart as scheduled on Friday; however, it will now be a five-night sailing with visits to Cozumel, Mexico, and Disney’s private Island, Castaway Cay. 

Disney guests booked on those cruises who do not wish to sail as planned must call 866-325-3905 or 407-566-7032 by Friday. They will then have until Oct. 31 to change their departure date without incurring a change fee, although there may be a price difference between their original cruise and their new choice.

Carnival: As of Friday, the cruise line said it was “still evaluating” and had not yet changed plans for most cruises scheduled to begin this weekend or early next week. It is encouraging customers booked on cruises scheduled for early September to sign up for text alerts by texting CCL8 to CRUISE (278473).

Carnival also noted that Elation and Liberty may not be able to return to Port Canaveral on Monday. The same is also true for Victory, which was scheduled to return to Miami Monday. 

“If the port is closed, the ships will be in position to dock as soon as the authorities have reopened the port,” Carnival said.

Is it worth the risk to cruise during hurricane season?  Yes, but preparation is key