When it comes to travel and weather in the same conversation I’m not the best at dispensing advice.
For instance, my travel umbrella isn’t much wider than my shoulders. In winter I often get off planes without a coat because I never think to check the weather in the town I’m flying to. I bet there’s an app for that!
Irma is one hell of a storm and her impact is already being felt.
Currently, Governor Scott has declared an emergency in all 67 Florida counties. This includes canceling Broward County schools for Thursday and Friday. Governor Scott has also suspended tolls across the state.
Southwest Airlines has already posted advisories for 10 airports – “Customers who are holding reservations on Tuesday, September 5, thru Wednesday, September 13, and want to alter their travel plans may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.”
I have a flight booked for Monday, September 11 so I’ll be making a decision on whether I’ll be flying out of MCO in the next few days.
Delta is posting a similar advisory for 20 airports, except they’ve extended the date through Sunday, September 17.
Looking at Marriott as well as Hilton’s website neither noted any update to their cancellation policy due to Irma. If you plan to change ANY of your travel plans due to Irma you need to get on the phone and talk to a human. The internet and apps are great, but this is one time that you want to wait on hold for approximately 8 minutes in order to have you call recorded for quality assurance. Make sure you get a Cancellation Confirmation Number then make sure to check your bank statement to verify that you DIDN’T get charged.
Since we’re talking about hotels…… If you plan to evacuate, you might be too late.
I searched Hilton and Marriott looking for a room in Valdosta, GA between now and next Wednesday. Both chains, are sold out, that’s not to say that the Valdosta No-Tell Motel is, but consider you and your loved one’s safety before clicking Book Now.
If you’re looking for a pet-friendly shelter the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando has put together a list of Pet-Friendly Shelters in Central Florida.
For the latest up to date Irma information check the National Hurricane Center’s website. Also, make sure to do your part for the economy and buy a couple cases of $6.00 water.
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