Airlines Set Travel Waivers Ahead of Monday’s… Heavy Winds?

Jan 21, 2017

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Here’s a unique situation for this time of year: the forecast doesn’t call for snow, ice, sleet or even freezing weather, but airlines are setting up travel waivers — allowing you to change your flight with no fees — for New York City airports for flights on Monday.

It turns out an “intensifying” Nor’easter storm is moving up the east coast and threatening to ground flights just with its strong winds.

Storms forecast to bring significant winds into the NYC area Monday. Image courtesy of US National Weather Service New York.

If you decide to keep your original flight schedule, keep in mind that airlines won’t be responsible for paying for your meals or hotels in the case of weather-related delays and cancellations. However, you might be covered by your credit card. The top credits card that offer solid flight delay/cancellation insurance include the Citi Prestige ($500 per passenger for 3+ hour delay), Chase Sapphire Reserve ($500 per ticket for 6+ hour or overnight delay) and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card ($500 per ticket for 12+ hour or overnight delay).

As of this writing, here are the current travel waivers:

Delta Air Lines

  • Travel dates: January 23
  • Airports: Newburgh, NY (SWF); Newark, NJ (EWR); New York, NY (JFK, John F Kennedy); New York, NY (LGA, LaGuardia); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • Ticket must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin by January 26.
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond January 26, 2017, the change fee will be waived. However, a difference in fare may apply.

Southwest Airlines

  • Travel dates: January 23
  • Airports: Boston (BOS); Hartford (BDL); Long Island MacArthur (ISP); New York LaGuardia (LGA); Newark (EWR); Philadelphia (PHL); Providence (PVD)
  • Customers who are holding reservations on January 23, 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.

United Airlines

  • Travel dates: January 23
  • Airports: Newark, NJ (EWR – Liberty); New York, NY (JFK – Kennedy); New York, NY (LGA – LaGuardia); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new flights departing on or before January 26, 2017, as long as travel is rescheduled in the same cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

No alerts yet from: American Airlines, British AirwaysFrontier Airlines, JetBlue Airlines, Spirit AirlinesVirgin America

Featured image courtesy of Alf van Beem via Wikimedia Commons.

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