As Hurricane Florence makes its way across the Atlantic, a hurricane warning is in effect for the coasts of South and North Carolina. Tropical storm conditions are expected to arrive on Thursday with the brunt of the storm making impact on Friday.
Nearly 2 million people have been ordered to evacuate their homes. In advance of the hurricane’s impact, hotels and airlines are offering waivers and assistance.
Evacuation Accommodations for Hurricane Florence
Airbnb has activated its “Open Homes” program, which calls on hosts to offer free accommodations to those escaping the storm. Hosts in the Carolinas and Georgia have already begun offering free housing to aid workers and evacuees. Those in need of emergency housing can find an Airbnb listing here.
Hotels around the path of Hurricane Florence’s projected destruction are preparing for evacuees by waiving cancellation fees and allowing guests to bring pets for free, USA Today reported. Marriott Hotels throughout the area are waiving cancellation fees and relaxing pet rules, depending on the property. Intercontinental Hotel Group (brands include Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Kimpton) will waive cancellation fees and allow pets free of charge in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and Washington D.C. Guests should verify hotel policy by calling their hotel directly.
Airline Waivers for Hurricane Florence
Travelers with airline reservations through the area should contact their airlines for more information.
Alaska Airlines travel to Raleigh or Charleston through September 16 can be rebooked at no charge through October 1.
American Airlines is waiving the change fees for travel to 23 southeastern cities — including Asheville, Charlotte and Savannah — booked through September 16. The waiver is effective for travel rebooked before September 20.
Delta Air Lines travel to, from or through cities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Savannah, Georgia through September 16 can be rebooked for free by September 20. Up until September 17, flights through Charleston, Jacksonville, Myrtle Beach, New Bern, Newport News, Norfolk, Savannah and Wilmington are aiding evacuees. All baggage and pet fees will be waived for passengers.
JetBlue will allow passengers with scheduled flights through Baltimore, Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh, Richmond, Savannah and D.C. through September 16 to rebook travel through September 20.
Southwest passengers flying through Baltimore, Charleston, Charlotte, Greenville, Norfolk, Raleigh, Richmond and D.C. can rebook any travel currently scheduled through September 17. All rebooked travel must take place within 14 days of the original flight.
United flights to and from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Savannah, Georgia through September 16 can be changed for free. Rescheduled flights must take place before September 20 to avoid paying any difference in airfare. All flights to and from 16 airports in the region will waive fees for bags and in-flight pets.