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Airlines begin waiving change fees for Tropical Storm Nate

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 10/6/2017 Ben Mutzabaugh

This forecast map by the National Hurricane Center showed the projected path for Tropical Storm Nate as of the morning of Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. © National Hurricane Center This forecast map by the National Hurricane Center showed the projected path for Tropical Storm Nate as of the morning of Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Airlines had begun waiving fees for the latest tropical system that threatened to snarl flights on the U.S. mainland.

American, JetBlue, Southwest and United were among the big carriers to invoke flexible rebooking policies as of Friday morning for Tropical Storm Nate, which threatened to make landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend as a possible hurricane.

The storm was centered in the western Caribbean early Friday. It was projected to move past Cancun and into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center. By late Saturday or early Sunday, projections suggested Nate would come onshore somewhere between Louisiana and west Florida.

Most of the flexible rebooking policies now in place for Nate covered New Orleans and some other smaller airports along the Gulf Coast.

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 beyond those booking windows, most carriers will allow customers to apply the full value of their remaining ticket toward a newly booked one.

Nate comes after Irma and Harvey combined to force the cancellation of tens of thousands of flights from airports in the mainland U.S.

It was still unclear what impact Nate might have on flight schedules here, but it was unlikely to create flight disruptions anywhere near what was seen during Harvey and Irma.

If Nate did make landfall as a hurricane, it was likely to be a relatively weak Category 1 storm. Travelers scheduled to fly through airports in the region should keep tabs on Nate’s track and brace for the possibility of disruptions.

In the meantime, scroll down for links to the latest airline change-fee waivers in place for Nate.

American Airlines

Delta Air Lines

JetBlue

Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines

Sun Country

United Airlines

WATCH: Nate expected to become hurricane, strike US (provided by The Weather Channel Storm Coverage)

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