Update: Nor’easter Cancellations, Waivers Report

Mar 8, 2018

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Winter Storm Quinn, the Northeast’s latest weather scourge, was responsible for nearly half of Wednesday’s 2,757 canceled and 2,000 delayed domestic flights.

Following up on this morning’s weather forecast, these are the origin airports that were most affected as of 7pm tonight:

  • Newark (EWR): 353 canceled flights (55% of total scheduled); 60 delayed flights (9%)
  • LaGuardia (LGA): 346 canceled flights (58%); 34 delayed flights (5%)
  • Kennedy (JFK): 266 canceled flights (42%); 61 delayed flights (9%)
  • Philadelphia (PHL): 150 canceled flights (29%); 79 delayed flights (15%)
  • Boston Logan (BOS): 137 canceled flights (21%); 43 delayed flights (6%)

Flights inbound to these destination airports also suffered from the effects of the nor’easter:

  • Newark (EWR): 362 canceled flights (56% of total scheduled); 34 delayed flights (5%)
  • LaGuardia (LGA): 359 canceled flights (60%); 32 delayed flights (5%)
  • Kennedy (JFK): 266 canceled flights (41%); 41 delayed flights (6%)
  • Boston Logan (BOS): 191 canceled flights (30%); 37 delayed flights (5%)
  • Philadelphia (PHL): 136 canceled flights (25%); 50 delayed flights (9%)

JetBlue remained Wednesday’s biggest airline casualty, with 446 canceled flights (46% of total scheduled) and 74 delayed flights (7%). Regional carriers Republic and Endeavor Air followed close behind with over 300 canceled flights each, while major carriers American and United rounded out the Top 5 list.

Most US airlines have extended their travel waivers for passengers with schedule flexibility. As we mentioned this morning, airlines aren’t responsible for covering your meals or hotels in the case of weather-related delays/cancellations. But, some top credit cards offer flight delay/cancellation insurance that will 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 7:00 Wednesday evening, these are the travel waivers covering this storm, many of which have been extended from Tuesday’s waivers. Notably, Spirit Airlines has not extended its travel waiver timeframe into March 8, as of the time of this post.

Alaska Airlines

  • Original travel dates: March 6-8
  • Airports affected: Boston (BOS); New York – Kennedy (JFK); New York – LaGuardia (LGA); Newark (EWR); Philadelphia (PHL); Washington – Reagan (DCA); Washington – Dulles (IAD); Baltimore (BWI)
  • Must have purchased your ticket on or before March 7
  • Rebooked travel must be completed by March 14
  • You may request a refund if you choose not to travel at all. Tickets must be exchanged or refunded on or before March 8. Rebook your flight or apply for a refund online.

American Airlines

  • Travel dates: March 7-8
  • Airports affected: Albany, New York (ALB); Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE); Bangor, Maine (BGR); Boston, Massachusetts (BOS); Burlington, Vermont (BTV); Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (MDT); Hartford, Connecticut (BDL); Islip, New York (ISP); Ithaca, New York (ITH); 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); Rochester, New York (ROC); State College, Pennsylvania (SCE); Stewart Newburgh, New York (SWF); Syracuse, New York (SYR); Watertown, New York (ART); White Plains/Westchester County, New York (HPN); Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania (AVP); Williamsport, Pennsylvania (IPT)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by March 5
  • Rebook travel anytime between March 5-11
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.

Delta

  • Travel dates: March 7-8
  • Airports covered: Albany, NY (ALB); Allentown, PA (ABE); Bangor, Maine (BGR); Boston, MA (BOS); Burlington, Vermont (BTV); Harrisburg, PA (MDT); Hartford, CT (BDL); Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT); New York – Kennedy, NY (JFK); New York – LaGuardia, NY (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Newburgh, NY (SWF); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Portland, Maine (PWM); Scranton, PA (AVP); Providence, RI (PVD); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • Ticket must be reissued by March 11
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than March 11
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond March 11, 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

  • Travel dates: March 7-8
  • Airports covered: New York LaGuardia (LGA); New York Islip (ISP); Philadelphia (PHL); Providence (PVD); Trenton (TTN)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by March 6
  • Rebook travel anytime through March 22
  • Origin and destination cities may be changed. Customers whose flights are cancelled may request a refund. Online Refund Form.

JetBlue

  • Travel dates: March 7-8
  • Airports covered: Albany, NY (ALB); Boston, MA (BOS); Hartford, CT (BDL); Newark, NJ (EWR); New York, NY (JFK, LGA); Newburgh, NY (SWF); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Providence, RI (PVD); White Plains, NY (HPN); Worcester, MA (ORH)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by March 5
  • Rebook travel anytime through March 10
  • 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 6 (3:00pm onward) through March 8
  • Airports covered: Albany (ALB); Baltimore (BWI); Boston (BOS); Hartford (BDL); Long Island MacArthur (ISP); Manchester (MHT); New York LaGuardia (LGA); Newark (EWR); Philadelphia (PHL); Portland (PWM); Providence (PVD); Washington Reagan National (DCA); Washington-Dulles (IAD)
  • 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.

Spirit

  • Travel dates: March 7
  • Airports covered: Boston, MA (BOS); Hartford, CT (BDL); New York, NY (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
  • Modification charge/fare difference waived through March 10. After this date, the modification charge is waived, by a fare difference may apply.

United

  • Travel dates: March 7-8
  • Airports covered: Albany, NY (ALB); Allentown, PA (ABE); Boston, MA (BOS); Harrisburg, PA (MDT); Hartford, CT (BDL); New York/Newark, NJ (EWR); New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK); New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Providence, RI (PVD); State College, PA (SCE); White Plains, NY (HPN); 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 14, 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 6-8
  • Airport covered: Boston (BOS); New York, Kennedy (JFK); Newark (EWR); LaGuardia (LGA); Philadelphia (PHL); Washington DC, Reagan (DCA); Washington DC, Dulles (IAD); Baltimore (BWI)
  • Tickets must have been purchased by: March 5
  • [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 March 14, 2018. 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 14, 2018.
  • 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 flightCancel or refund your flight.

No waivers at this time from: Hawaiian Airlines.

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