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Airlines Waiving Change Fees Due to Tropical Storm Bud

TravelPulse logo TravelPulse 6/13/2018 Donald Wood

Airplane waiting in the rain. (photo via Chalabala / iStock / Getty Images Plus) © Getty Images Airplane waiting in the rain. (photo via Chalabala / iStock / Getty Images Plus) Tropical Storm Bud continues to weaken in the Pacific Ocean, but the storm system is still threatening western Mexico with heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding starting Thursday.

According to, the wind speeds of former Hurricane Bud have dropped significantly, but the storm is expected to bring downpours Thursday across the Los Cabos resort region, including Cabo San Lucas.

RELATED: See where Tropical Storm Bud is headed next with the MSN hurricane tracker

By Thursday night, the coast of southern Baja California and northwestern Mexico will be dealing with showers, thunderstorms, flash flooding and potential mudslides. An average of 2-4 inches of rain is expected, with some areas receiving as much as eight inches.

Even as a weakened tropical storm, Bud is still expected to produce damaging winds in southern Baja California as it makes landfall later this week. The high winds could damage trees and cause power outages.

As for how the storm will impact travel, several of the top airlines in the United States have started waiving change fees for passengers scheduled to fly to impacted areas in Mexico in the coming days.

Major carriers including American, Delta, Southwest, and United that boast flights to Cabo San Lucas International Airport are offering customers currently scheduled to arrive on Thursday or Friday the chance to change their flight plans without a fee.

The airlines are waiving change fees and any difference in fare as long as passengers travel in the originally ticketed cabin and between the same cities as originally ticketed. Customers must travel by June 19 to be eligible for the waived change fees.


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