Southland residents impacted by Hurricane Patricia could be eligible for airline refunds

Southland residents whose travel plans to or from Mexico may have been impacted today or in the coming days by Hurricane Patricia could be eligible for refunds or free rescheduling, but travelers should check policies with individual airlines.

Delta Air Lines, for instance, offers refunds if a flight is canceled or "significantly delayed," according to the airline's website.

The airline noted that even if flights are not canceled, passengers traveling to or from Guadalajara or Puerto Vallarta today through Sunday can make "a one-time change to your ticket without fee," as long as the ticket is
reissued by Oct. 30 and rebooked travel begins by Oct. 30.

American Airlines officials said they have "relaxed" the change-fee policies for travelers affected by the hurricane. One-time ticketing fees will be waived for American Airlines passengers who are scheduled to fly this weekend to or from Mazatlan or Puerto Vallarta.

American Airlines passengers should call (800) 433-7300 to change travel plans.

Alaska Airlines officials said they were also waiving change fees and price differentials for passengers affected by the hurricane. Passengers can contact the the airline's reservations department at (800) 252-7522.

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