By Abigail Abrams
September 18, 2017

With Hurricane Maria heading toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands this week, Delta is helping residents of the islands move to safer locations before the storm hits.

Delta has added an extra flight from San Juan to Atlanta this week, the airline said Monday. It is also capping costs at $199 for non-stop flights leaving San Juan, as well as for non-stop flights leaving three airports in the Dominican Republic: Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo.

Airlines offered similar deals ahead of Hurricane Irma earlier this month, and then capped prices again when evacuees were returning to their homes in Florida after the storm hit. However, prices still surged on some flights around the recent hurricanes, which caused travelers to complain about the steep fairs.

In advance of the next hurricane, Delta is advising customers to check its website to track the status of booked flights.

For passengers who have booked trips out of San Juan for Sept. 19-26, the airline has issued a waiver that will allow them to change plans without a fee. However, tickets must be rebooked by Oct. 2 and the new travel must begin no later than Oct. 2 — after that date, a difference in fare may apply.

The waiver also applies to those traveling from Saint Thomas or Caicos from Sept. 5 to Oct. 31 and from St. Maarten between Sept. 5 and Dec. 31.

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