Over 1,000 More Flights Delayed or Cancelled Thursday Due to Nor’easter

Mar 22, 2018

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While January’s bomb cyclone received a ton of press, this Wednesday was actually the worst day for air travel in the US so far in 2018 — with 4,453 flights cancelled and another 3,980 flights delayed. And now those flight cancellations are spilling into Thursday, as the Northeast digs out from the storm.

As of 9:00am ET, FlightAware’s flight cancellation tracker has tallied 667 cancellations and another 573 flight delays. The hardest-hit airports are:

  • LaGuardia (LGA): 168 flights cancellations, 91 delays, FAA-noted average delays of 47 minutes
  • Newark (EWR): 140 flights cancellations, 38 delays
  • New York’s Kennedy (JFK): 118 flights cancellations, 99 delays, FAA-noted average delays of 1:03 hours
  • Boston (BOS): 113 flights cancellations, 49 delays

Even before Wednesday night and Thursday cancellations, this storm has wracked up more cancellations than any other nor’easter this year. After those are factored in, total weather-related flight cancellations have now topped 17,300 in March alone:

At 6:45am, American Airlines noted it had cancelled 230 flights for Thursday (vs. 90 listed on FlightAware’s tracker), bringing the airline’s tally to more than 2,200 canceled flights due to this storm. The good news is that operations have resumed at all airports except LaGuardia (LGA), which reopens at 10:00am.

While this is hopefully the last nor’easter of this winter, there’s going to be weather delays and cancellations no matter the season — from snowstorms in the winter to severe weather in the summer and hurricanes in the fall. So, it’s important to consider which credit card to use when booking flights.

TPG recommends booking travel with cards that offer flight delay/cancellation protections that’ll reimburse you in case of 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 Card ($500 per ticket for 12+ hour or overnight delay).

As of 8:45am Thursday, here are the travel waivers covering this storm:

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Alaska Airlines

  • Travel dates: March 20-22
  • Airports affected: Baltimore (BWI); Boston (BOS); New York — Kennedy (JFK); New York — LaGuardia (LGA); Newark (EWR); Philadelphia (PHL); Washington, DC — Reagan (DCA); Washington, DC — Dulles (IAD)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by March 19
  • Rebooked travel must be completed by April 1
  • You may request a refund if you choose not to travel at all. Tickets must be exchanged or refunded on or before March 22. Rebook your flight or apply for a refund online.

American Airlines

  • Travel dates: March 20-22
  • Airports affected: Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE); Baltimore, Maryland (BWI); Bangor, Maine (BGR); Boston, Massachusetts (BOS); Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (MDT); Hartford, Connecticut (BDL); Islip, New York (ISP); Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT); New Haven, Connecticut (HVN); New York Kennedy, New York (JFK); New York LaGuardia, New York (LGA); Newark, New Jersey (EWR); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL); Portland, Maine (PWM); Providence, Rhode Island (PVD); Stewart Newburgh, New York (SWF); Washington Dulles, Washington D.C. (IAD); Washington Reagan, Washington D.C. (DCA); White Plains / Westchester County, New York (HPN); Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, Pennsylvania (AVP)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by March 18
  • Rebook travel anytime between March 18-26
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.

Delta

  • Travel dates: March 21-22
  • Airports covered: Allentown, PA (ABE); Baltimore, MD (BWI); Boston, MA (BOS); Harrisburg, PA (MDT); Hartford, CT (BDL); Manchester, NH (MHT); New York — Kennedy, NY (JFK); New York — LaGuardia, NY (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Providence, RI (PVD); Scranton, PA (AVP); Stewart, NY (SWF); Washington Reagan, DC (DCA); Washington Dulles, DC (IAD); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • Ticket must be reissued by March 26
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than March 26
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond March 26, 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. Applicable change fee and fare difference will apply for new travel dates. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity.

Frontier

No active waivers. Flights cancelled Thursday include:

  • Flight 1779 New York Islip — Orlando
  • Flight 1791 New York Islip — Fort Myers
  • Flight 1779 New York Islip — Orlando
  • Flight 1791 New York Islip — Fort Myers
  • Flight 993 Providence — Tampa
  • Flight 1035 Philadelphia — West Palm Beach
  • Flight 1034 West Palm Beach — Philadelphia
  • Customers whose flights are cancelled may request a refund. Online Refund Form.

Hawaiian Airlines

  • Travel dates: March 20-23
  • Airport covered: John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York (JFK)
  • Ticket was issued on/before March 20
  • Changes must be made and reticketed for new flights no later than March 28
  • No change in origin and destination allowed
  • For changes made to new flights after March 28, the change fee will be waived but applicable difference in fare will be collected.

JetBlue

  • Travel dates: March 21-22
  • Airports covered: Boston, MA (BOS); Hartford, CT (BDL); New York, NY (JFK); New York, NY (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Newburgh, NY (SWF); Portland, ME (PWM); Providence, RI (PVD); White Plains, NY (HPN); Worcester, MA (ORH)
  • Must have bought your ticket by March 19
  • Rebook travel anytime through March 19-24
  • To rebook travel or request a refund online, click here. If you are already checked in for your flight, call JetBlue at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) for assistance with rebooking or a credit.

Southwest

  • Travel dates: March 22
  • Airports covered: Baltimore (BWI); Philadelphia (PHL); Washington — Dulles (IAD); Washington — National (DCA); Boston (BOS); Hartford — Bradley (BDL); Islip — Long Island (ISP); Manchester (MHT); New York — LaGuardia (LGA); Newark (EWR); Portland (PWM); Providence (PVD)
  • Customers who are holding reservations on these 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 Southwest’s accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

United

  • Travel dates: March 20-22
  • Airports covered: Baltimore, MD (BWI)​; Boston, MA (BOS)​; Harrisburg, PA (MDT)​; Hartford, CT (BDL)​; Manchester, NH (MHT)​; New York, NY (LGA); New York, NY (JFK); New York/Newark, NJ (EWR)​; Philadelphia, PA (PHL)​; Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)​; Portland, ME (PWM)​; Providence, RI (PVD)​; Washington, DC — Dulles (IAD)​; Washington-National, DC (DCA)​; Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA (AVP)​
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before March 26, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

Virgin America

  • Travel dates: March 20-22
  • Airport covered: Baltimore (BWI); Boston (BOS); New York — Kennedy (JFK); New York — LaGuardia (LGA); Newark (EWR); Philadelphia (PHL); Washington, DC — Reagan (DCA); Washington, DC — Dulles (IAD)
  • Tickets must have been purchased by: March 19
  • [Virgin] will waive the change fees and the difference in the price of the ticket if the new travel is booked to or from the affected cities in the same cabin and completed on or before April 1. Additional taxes and fees may apply. You may request a refund if you choose not to travel at all. Tickets must be exchanged or refunded on or before March 22.
  • To modify an existing reservation during this period, you may contact [Virgin America’s] Call Center at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN* (877.359.8474) for assistance. Or manage your reservation online: Change your flight. Cancel or refund your flight.

Spirit waivers expired March 21.

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