Traveling this weekend and worried about Harvey? What you need to know

If you have travel plans for this weekend and are concerned about Hurricane Harvey, here are some things you need to know to navigate the situation.

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Be sure to check your flight status before you arrive at the airport if you’re worried about Hurricane Harvey. credit: Rodolfo Gonzalez

If you still hope to travel:

  • Check your flight status: You can check the list of flights departing out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport here, or on individual airline websites. If you have connecting flights, be sure to check the status of your connections, too.
  • Arrive early. If your flight is currently scheduled to leave on time, ABIA advises arriving to the airport at least two hours early during the peak times of 5-8 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Allow extra time to get to the airport. Highway conditions, weather conditions and traffic will all be impacted by the storm. Find the latest updates from the airport here.

If you want to re-book your trip:

Many airlines are allowing travelers with flights booked this weekend to reschedule at no cost. Here’s a look at what some of the major airlines that service Austin are offering:

Handout photos of the British Airways 787 aircraft, which is being used in the airline’s Austin-to-London direct flight, which began March 3, 2014.Credit: British Airways

Weekend storms may leave some flights grounded. Credit: British Airways

  • American Airlines: You can change your flight free of charge if you’re traveling to, through or from the following cities: Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville, College Station, Corpus Christi, Houston, McAllen, San Antonio and Lake Charles, Louisiana. You must have purchased your ticket by Aug. 23 and be scheduled to travel Aug. 25-27. You must re-book to travel between Aug. 25-30 and keep the same origin and destination cities. Learn more here.
  • Delta: If you’re traveling to, from or through Houston, Austin or San Antonio on Aug. 25 or 26, Delta will waive the change fee on flights re-booked by Aug. 29. If your flight is cancelled or significantly delayed, you will get a refund on the unused portion of your ticket. Details here.
  • Frontier: Those traveling Aug. 25-27 through Austin, San Antonio, Houston or New Orleans may make one itinerary change at no cost. Travel must be completed by Sept. 18. If your flight is cancelled, you can request a refund. More here.
  • JetBlue: If you’re traveling Aug. 25 or 26, JetBlue will allow you to re-book for travel Aug. 27-30 at no cost. Customers with cancelled flights can receive a refund. Original travel must have been booked on or before Aug. 23. Details here.
  • Southwest: Those traveling through Austin, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Houston or San Antonio between Aug. 25-28 may re-book within 14 days of the original date for travel to and from the original departure and arrival cities. If your flight is cancelled you may request a refund. Learn more here.
  • United: If you were scheduled to travel Aug. 25-29 through Austin, Brownsville, College Station, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Houston, Lake Charles, Laredo, McAllen or San Antonio, change fees will be waived for new flights departing before Sept. 1 to and from the originally ticketed cities. Details here.

Find the full list of airlines that serve ABIA here.


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