Hurricane Isaac could bring tropical storm conditions to the Lesser Antilles on Thursday, and airlines are issuing travel waivers ahead of the storm.
The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Isaac, which currently has maximum sustained winds near 60 mph, is expected to move across the central Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean on Thursday, and then continue across the eastern and central Caribbean through Saturday. The storm is also expected to weaken gradually over the next 72 hours.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe, with tropical storm conditions expected there on early Thursday, while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Antigua, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis and Saba and St. Eustatius.
A number of airlines have issued change waivers due to the storm:
American Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to fly through September 14 to rebook through September 17 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).
Delta is allowing customers set to fly through September 13 to rebook through September 19, with the new ticket to be reissued on or before that date. The airline will also waive the change fee for rebooked travel after September 19, but a difference in fare may apply.
On United Airlines, customers set to fly through September 14 can rebook through September 19 between the same city pair in the same cabin.
Southwest Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to fly through September 14 to rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city pair.
JetBlue is allowing customers scheduled to fly through September 15 to rebook through September 19.
Frontier Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to fly through September 15 to rebook through October 1. Origin and destination cities may be changed.