The Latest Flight Waivers for Travel to Hawaii Due to Volcanic Activity

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In response to the ongoing volcanic activity on Hawaii Island, Alaska Airlines has announced that is offering a waiver to ticket holders whose travel dates between May 17 and 25 may be impacted.

Customers will be able to waive change fees and the difference in the price of a ticket if the new travel booked is to or from Kona, Honolulu, Kauai or Maui. The travel must be in the same cabin and must be completed on or before June 1.

Tickets must be exchanged or refunded prior to the departure of your originally scheduled flight. The carrier becomes the latest to offer waivers to guests due to the volcanic activity, which began on May 3. 

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Here are the other most recently updated flight waiver announcements. 

Hawaiian Airlines recently announced that effective immediately, guests holding tickets for travel on Hawaiian Airlines flights to/from Hilo, Hawaii (ITO) or Kona, Hawaii (KOA) between May 3 and May 31 will be permitted a one-time reservation change with waiver of change fee provided that the ticket was issued on/before May 4 and the affected flight(s) is/are originally scheduled for travel on May 3 through May 31. Also, changes must be ticketed for new flights no later than June 7 and travel must also commence no later than June 7.

In addition, for changes made to new flights on or before June 7, any resulting difference in fare(s) will be waived provided that change is made to the same compartment (i.e. Coach to Coach or First Class to First Class) and there is no change in origin and destination. For changes made to new flights after June 7, the change fee will be waived but applicable difference in fare will be collected.

United Airlines announced that change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing between May 16  and May 25 as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.

For wholly rescheduled travel departing after May 25, or for a change in departure or destination city, the change fee will be waived, but a difference in fare may apply. Rescheduled travel must be completed within one year from the date when the ticket was issued.

Delta is issuing flight waiver for guest with tickets for flights departing between May 7 and May 25. Tickets must be reissued on or before May 28. Rebooked travel must begin no later than May 28. 

American Airlines recently announced that a change fee may be waived for guests traveling on either an American or Hawaiian Airlines flight. The waiver applies to guests who bought their ticket by May 5 for travel from May 5 to May 28. 

Kilauea Volcano Update

According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), none of the Hawaiian Islands are affected by the Kilauea volcano except a remote area along the Lower East Rift Zone on the Hawaii Island’s east side, Kilauea Summit and surrounding areas. 

All flights into the Hawaiian Islands are operating normally, and all accommodations, activities and attractions throughout the Hawaiian Islands are operating normally, with the exception of those in the area affected by the volcanic activity on Hawaii Island, according to the HTA. 

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