Airlines Issue Travel Waivers Due to California Wildfires

A firefighter monitors a wildfire burning along a hillside in Malibu, CA. // Photo by AP Photo/Jae C. Hong via Newscred

Airlines are issuing travel waivers due to disruptions caused by a series of deadly wildfires in California.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the death toll from the Camp fire in northern California rose to 29 on Sunday after an additional five victims were found in their homes, officials said. That number could continue to rise, as approximately 228 people remain unaccounted for.

American Airlines reports that it has activated its disaster response giving process. The airline and its customers over the past two months have donated nearly $400,000 to the Red Cross, and staff have assembled 5,000 hygiene comfort kits to be distributed by that organization.


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American has also issued a travel waiver for customers flying through Burbank, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco through November 13. Customers can rebook through November 18 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).

Delta is allowing customers set to fly through November 13 to rebook through November 18, with the new ticket to be reissued on or before that date.

On United Airlines, travelers set to fly through November 13 can rebook through November 18 in the originally ticketed cabin and between the original city pair.

Finally, customers on Southwest Airlines scheduled to fly through November 13 can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city pair.

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