Airlines Allow Changes

In Tickets as War Looms

As the United States prepares for a possible war with Iraq, two airlines are allowing passengers to change their tickets without penalties. US Airways has introduced a "Peace of Mind" policy that permits customers to change their flights without paying a change fee if a Code Red terror alert has been issued by the U.S. Homeland Security Department or the nation is engaged in military action.

In addition, Continental Airlines is allowing customers with tickets purchased between March 5 and March 31 for transatlantic travel to make changes without paying a fee. The changes can be made on most refundable and nonrefundable tickets until May 31.

For more information, call US Airways at 800-428-4322 or Continental at 800-525-0280.

ATA Offers Daily Flights

To Grand Bahama Island

AirTran Airways, or ATA, has begun daily nonstop service between BWI and Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. The flights leave daily from BWI at 3:05 p.m. and arrive at 5:35 p.m. Return flights depart Grand Bahama Island at 11:55 a.m. and arrive at BWI at 2:25 p.m.

The airline, which is using a Boeing 717 jet aircraft, is offering rates beginning at $99 each way. AirTran now operates 27 flights per day from BWI to nine destinations.

-- Compiled by Alicia Cypress