Five Major Airlines Issue Weather Waivers for Friday Storms

May 5, 2017

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Strong winds and heavy rains are in the forecast for the Northeast again Friday, and five major airlines have released some last-minute travel change fee waivers.

If you’re flying to/from the affected airports, you can utilize these change fee waivers to rebook yourself on a different date. Or, if you’re just connecting through the area, you can use these change fee waivers to reroute yourself through different airports or on different dates. You might be able to get really creative with these:

Remember, if you can’t delay your itinerary, airlines aren’t going to be responsible for paying for your meals or hotels in the case of weather-related delays/cancellations. But some top cards have flight delay/cancellation insurance that can reimburse you for weather issues, including the Citi Prestige ($500 per passenger for 3+ hour delay), the Chase Sapphire Reserve ($500 per ticket for 6+ hour or overnight delay) and Chase Sapphire Preferred ($500 per ticket for 12+ hour or overnight delay).

As of this writing, here are the available travel waivers for Friday (and Saturday-Sunday for Missouri):

American Airlines

Northeast:

  • Travel date: May 5
  • Airports affected: Islip, New York (ISP); New Haven, Connecticut (HVN); New York Kennedy, New York (JFK); New York LaGuardia, New York (LGA); Newark, New Jersey (EWR); White Plains / Westchester County, New York (HPN)
  • Must have bought your ticket by May 4. Rebook travel anytime between May 4-7. You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.

Missouri:

  • Travel date: May 2-7
  • Airports affected: St. Louis, Missouri (STL); Cape Girardeau County, Missouri (CGI)
  • Must have bought your ticket by May 2. Rebook travel anytime between May 2-10. You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.

Delta

  • Travel date: May 5
  • Airports affected: Newburgh, NY (SWF); New York, NY-Kennedy (JFK); New York, NY-LaGuardia (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than: May 7
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond May 7, the change fee will be waived. However, a difference in fare may apply. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity, one year from date of original issue.
  • If travel is not able to be rescheduled within these guidelines, customers may cancel their reservation and apply any unused value of the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket for a period of one year from the original ticket issuance.

JetBlue

  • Travel date: May 5
  • Airports affected: New York, NY (JFK); New York, NY (LGA); Newburgh, NY (SWF); Newark, NJ (EWR); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Westchester County, NY (HPN)
  • Customers may rebook their flights for travel through Monday, May 8 prior to the departure of their originally scheduled flight. Customers with cancelled flights may also opt for a refund.
  • Original travel must have been booked on or before Thursday, May 4.

Southwest

  • Travel dates: May 5
  • Airports affected: Long Island MacArthur (ISP); New York LaGuardia (LGA); Newark (EWR); Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Customers who are holding reservations on Friday, May 5, 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 [Southwest’s] accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

United

  • Travel dates: May 5
  • Airports affected: New York/Newark, NJ (EWR); New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK); New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before May 7, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

Frontier, Spirit and Virgin America haven’t released waivers at the time of this posting.

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