Is my flight canceled? How Tropical Storm Nicole is impacting air travel and what you’re owed.

Tropical Storm Nicole started causing troubles for the skies long before it made landfall in Florida early Thursday.

Nearly 1,000 U.S. flights were canceled Wednesday and more than 1,300 have been canceled as of 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. Hundreds of those were scheduled to depart or arrive at Orlando International Airport, which closed Wednesday afternoon ahead of the storm.

The National Hurricane Center expects Nicole to move away from Florida Thursday night and head over to Georgia and the Carolinas on Friday.

Air travelers headed to or from Florida and the southeast over the next few days should keep an eye on their flight status, and remember that they’re entitled to a full refund, even on nonrefundable tickets, if the airline cancels their flight. 

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737, passes a Spirit Airlines Airbus A320 as it takes off, Thursday, July 7, 2022, at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

What am I entitled to if an airline cancels my flight?

If an airline cancels your flight, you’re entitled to a full refund even if you purchased a nonrefundable ticket. The Department of Transportation recently introduced a dashboard that outlines what major airlines offer passengers in the event of a delay or cancellation. 

In general, experts also recommend purchasing travel insurance for every trip, which can help you recoup some costs if something goes wrong. 

Are Florida airports open? 

Orlando International Airport (MCO) remains closed to all commercial flights until further notice. Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB), which had closed Wednesday, both reopened Thursday. 

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Other airports in the state, including Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Tampa (TPA) said they are monitoring the situation and advised passengers to check with their airline for the most up-to-date information. 

Tropical Storm Nicole airline waivers

Many airlines are providing travelers headed to Florida extra flexibility to adjust their travel plans. Here are what many carriers are offering. 

► American Airlines is offering a waiver that covers most Florida airports, as well as some destinations in the Caribbean and Georgia. The waiver allows passengers booked on existing tickets for travel through Nov. 13 to push their trip to as late as Nov. 18 for no fee, so long as the changes are made by Nov. 13. American is also capping fares on new itineraries to and from airports covered by the waiver through Nov. 11.

► Delta Air Lines is offering a waiver that covers most Florida airports, as well as some destinations in the Caribbean and Georgia. The waiver allows passengers booked on existing tickets for travel through Nov. 13 to push their trip to as late as Nov. 16 without paying a fare difference or change fee, so long as changes are made by Nov. 16. Delta does not charge change fees on most tickets. 

► United Airlines is offering a waiver that covers some Florida and Caribbean airports. The waiver allows passengers on tickets booked on or before Nov. 6 for travel through Nov. 11 to push their trip to as late as Nov. 18 without paying a change fee or fare difference, so long as changes are made by Nov. 18. 

Southwest Airlines is offering a waiver that covers some airports in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The waiver allows passengers on tickets for travel through Nov. 11 to push their trip to up to 14 days without paying a fare difference. Southwest does not charge change fees.

JetBlue is offering waivers to customers scheduled to travel to, from or through Orlando, West Palm Beach and Tampa through Friday. The policy will allow those customers to push their itineraries to as late as Nov. 17 without paying a fare difference or change fee. A previously-announced waiver covers passengers to, from or through Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami and West Palm Beach through Thursday. Those customers can change their flights to Nov. 13 or sooner without paying a change fee or fare difference.

Spirit Airlines is offering waivers to passengers traveling to, from or through Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The Orlando waiver allows passengers booked on flights through Nov. 11 to push their travel to Nov. 16 or sooner without paying a fare difference or change fee. The Fort Lauderdale and Miami waivers allow passengers booked on flights through Nov. 10 to push their travel to Nov. 14 or sooner without paying a change fee or fare difference. 

Alaska Airlines is offering a waiver that allows passengers traveling to, from or through certain Florida and South Carolina airports through Nov. 11 to rebook their travel to take place on or before Nov. 18 without paying a change fee or fare difference. 

Frontier Airlines is offering waivers to passengers traveling to, from or through Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa and Sarasota. The waiver allows those passengers scheduled to travel on or before Nov. 11 to adjust their itineraries to fly on or before Nov. 16 without paying a change fee or fare difference. 

Avelo Airlines is offering waivers to passengers traveling to, from or through Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The waiver allows those passengers scheduled to travel on or before Nov. 10 to adjust their itineraries to fly on or before Nov. 19 without paying a change fee or fare difference. 

Sun Country Airlines is offering a waiver to passengers traveling to, from or through some Florida airports. The waiver allows those passengers scheduled to travel on or before Nov. 11 to adjust their itineraries to fly on or before Nov. 18 without paying a change fee or fare difference. 

Contributing: Eve Chen, USA TODAY

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