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Airlines waive change fees as Harvey takes aim at Texas

Southwest Airlines customer service agents.
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Southwest Airlines customer service agents.

Airlines waived change fees and warned of possible flight disruptions as a strengthening Hurricane Harvey took aim at the Gulf Coast of Texas.

The storm was forecast to make landfall as a hurricane, likely on Friday. Meteorologists warned heavy flooding was possible across the region, with the storm lingering in the region well into next week.

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Most big U.S. airlines had enacted flexible rebooking policies for fliers ticketed to fly to the region.

The policies vary by airline, but – generally – they permit eligible customers to make one change to their itineraries without paying change fees that can cost $200 or more per passenger. The policies also typically allow fliers to move their flights without paying a fare difference, though there's usually a finite travel window to do so. For passengers wishing to move their flights to dates outside beyond those booking windows, most carriers will allow customers to apply the full value of their remaining ticket toward a newly booked one.

As always, customers should check with their specific airline for the exact details.

Scroll down for the highlights of the flexible rebooking policies now in effect at big U.S. carriers:

Alaska Airlines

Covers flights on the following dates: Aug. 25-27

To the following cities in Texas: Austin, Houston Bush Intercontinental, San Antonio

Can move travel within the following dates: By Sept. 3. If rescheduled travel occurs beyond that window, the change fee may be waived for certain fliers – though a difference in fare may apply. Tickets must be exchanged or refunded on or before Aug. 28.

More details: Alaska's website

American Airlines

Covers flights on the following dates: Aug. 25-27

To the following cities in Texas and Louisiana: Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Brownsville, College Station, Corpus Christi, Houston Bush Intercontinental, Houston Hobby, Lake Charles, McAllen, San Antonio

Can move travel within the following dates: Aug. 23-30. If rescheduled travel occurs beyond that window, the change fee may be waived for certain fliers – though a difference in fare may apply.

More details: American's website

Delta Air Lines

Covers flights on the following dates: Aug. 25-26

To the following cities in Texas: Houston Bush Intercontinental, Houston Hobby

Can move travel within the following dates: By Aug. 29. If rescheduled travel occurs beyond that window, the change fee may be waived for certain fliers – though a difference in fare may apply. Tickets must be exchanged or refunded on or before Aug. 29.

More details: Delta's website

Frontier Airlines

Covers flights on the following dates: Aug. 24-27

To the following cities in Texas and Louisiana: Austin, Houston Bush Intercontinetal, New Orleans, San Antonio

Can move travel within the following dates: By Sept. 18. If rescheduled travel occurs beyond that window, the change fee may be waived for certain fliers – though a difference in fare may apply.

More details: Frontier's website

JetBlue

Covers flights on the following dates: Aug. 25-26

To the following cities in Texas and Louisiana: Austin, Houston Bush Intercontinetal, New Orleans

Can move travel within the following dates: Aug. 27-30. If rescheduled travel occurs beyond that window, the change fee may be waived for certain fliers – though a difference in fare may apply.

More details: JetBlue's website

Southwest Airlines

Covers flights on the following dates: Aug. 24-28

To the following cities in Texas: Austin, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Houston Hobby, San Antonio

Details: Southwest never charges a change fee, but it will allow fliers tickets to the above cities on the above dates to move their travel without paying any difference in fare. Travelers may rebook for travel within 14 days of their rescheduled flight. Otherwise, they can apply the value of their ticket toward a newly booked reservation.

More details: Southwest's website

Spirit Airlines

Covers flights on the following dates: Aug. 25-27

To the following cities in Texas: Houston Bush Intercontinetal

Can move travel within the following dates: By. Aug. 30. If rescheduled travel occurs beyond that window, the change fee may be waived for certain fliers – though a difference in fare may apply.

More details: Spirit's website

United Airlines

Covers flights on the following dates: Aug. 25-27

To the following cities in Texas: Austin, Brownsville, College Station, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Houston Bush Intercontinental, McAllen, San Antonio

Can move travel within the following dates: By Aug. 30. If rescheduled travel occurs beyond that window, the change fee may be waived for certain fliers – though a difference in fare may apply.

More details: United's website