Winter Weather Threatens to Ground US Flights This Week

Jan 12, 2017

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Over the next four days, a new winter storm is expected to wreak havoc across the Midwest and into the Northeast. If you’re traveling through these areas over the next few days, there’s some good news: Many airlines have already issued flight change fee waivers, allowing you to rebook yourself on a different date or rerouting through a different airport.

If you get stranded at the airport, keep in mind that airlines aren’t responsible for paying for your meals or hotels when flights are delayed or cancelled due to weather. However, you might be covered by your credit card. Here are the top credit card that offer solid flight delay/cancellation insurance: Citi Prestige ($500 per passenger for 3+ hour delay), Chase Sapphire Reserve ($500 per ticket for 6+ hour or overnight delay) or Chase Sapphire Preferred ($500 per ticket for 12+ hour or overnight delay).

As of publishing, here are the current travel waivers:

American Airlines

– Ice Storm – Central Plains, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic U.S.

  • Travel dates: January 13-14
  • Must have bought your ticket by January 10
  • Rebook travel anytime between January 11-16
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same class or pay the difference.

– Ice Storm – Upper Plains, Midwest and Northeastern U.S.

  • Travel dates: January 15-16
  • Must have bought your ticket by January 10
  • Rebook travel anytime between January 12-17
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same class or pay the difference.

Delta

Central and Mid-Atlantic US Winter Weather

  • Travel dates: January 13-14
  • Ticket must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin by January 16.

– Amsterdam Airport Winds

  • Travel dates: January 13
  • Ticket must be reissued by January 17
  • Rebooked travel must begin by January 20

JetBlue

  • Original travel dates: January 13-15
  • Airports: Cleveland, OH (CLE); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Pittsburgh, PA (PIT); Washington, DC (Metros)
  • Travel Agent waiver code: WXB6BIKE17
  • Customers may rebook their flights for travel through Wednesday, January 18, 2017 prior to the departure of their originally scheduled flight.  Original travel must have been booked on or before Friday, January 13, 2017.

Southwest

  • Original travel dates: January 13-16, depending on the airport
  • Customers who are holding reservations to, from, or through any of the above cities on the corresponding dates, 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 our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

Spirit

  • Original travel dates: January 13-14 (or January 13-16 for Kansas City)
  • Airports: Akron/Canton, OH (CAK); Baltimore, MD (BWI); Cleveland, OH (CLE); Latrobe, PA (LBE); Kansas City, MO (MCI); Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
  • Modification Charge/Fare Difference waived through: January 17, 2017. After this date the modification charge is waived, but a fare difference may apply.

United

– Midwest and Central Plains Weather

  • Original travel dates: January 13-15
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new flights departing on or before January 17, 2017, as long as travel is rescheduled in the same cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.

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