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Storm coming: airlines cancel flights /waive change fees

Don’t defrost the turkey just yet, because it looks like Winter Storm Cato is going to ruin Thanksgiving for a lot of travelers.


Starting Tuesday afternoon, airlines began cancelling flights and issuing fee waivers for travelers who want to cancel or rebook their trips.

As of Tuesday evening, pretty much every North American airline has a travel advisory posted on its site. International airlines with flights to and from the U.S. are likely alerting their customers to cancellations as well.

Below are links to the travel alerts, coverage dates and fee waiver policies as of Tuesday evening, November 25th for many major airlines. If you’ve got a trip planned, be sure to check the airline’s website, Facebook page or Twitter feed – and those of your airport – for the latest news.

Air Canada
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
Dela Air Lines
Southwest Airlines
US Airways
United Airlines
Virgin America

Airline change fee waivers for Hawaii hurricanes

In advance of two hurricanes – Iselle and Julio – heading for Hawaii, several airlines are offering to waive change fees for passengers who would like to cancel or change their reservations.

As always, check with your airline directly for the latest information.

Here are few of the airlines that have posted policies for change fee exemptions:

Alaska Airlines

ALASKA Hurricane

Delta Air Lines

DELTA hurricane

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaii hurricane

United Airlines

United hurricane

Airilne travel waivers/advisories for Hurricane Arthur

(Photo courtesy Keene Public Library, via Flickr)

(Photo courtesy Keene Public Library, via Flickr)

Here are links to some of the airline travel waivers/advisories posted for Hurricane Arthur as of Friday morning, July 4th.

As always – if you have travel plans, check directly with your airline for updates.

American Airlines

Delta Air Lines


Southwest Airlines

United Airlines

US Airways

Virgin America

Airline advisories & change fee waivers for Winter Storm Titan

bentley snowflake

In anticipation of yet another round of storms, including Winter Storm Titan, airlines have issued travel advisories and notices of waivers of the change fees for those who want to change or cancel their flights.

Here’s a round-up of those that were posted as of Sunday evening, March 2, 2014. As always, if you’ve got a trip planned, be sure to check with your airline and/or airport before starting out.

American Airlines has posted a notice for flights to, from and through many cities in the Northeast and Midwest. Details here.

Alaska Airlines has issued a Winter Storm Titan travel advisory for flights to, from or through Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR), Washington, D.C. (DCA), Philadelphia (PHL), Chicago (ORD), Kansas City (MCI) and St. Louis (STL).

Delta Air Lines has posted travel advisories for the Northeast, Midwest and … Ukraine. Details here.

Frontier Airlines has posted advisories for travel in the Northeast and Midwest. Details here.

Jet Blue has posted a Winter Storm Titan advisory.  Details here.

Here’s a link to the travel advisory posted for Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines has posted a Weather Buster Policy.

US Airways has posted a Winter Storm Titan Advisory.

United Airlines has posted travel advisories for a long list of cities to be affected by storms in Dallas, the Midwest and Ohio River Valley, Pennsylvania and the Northeast. Details here.

Escape the cold on vacation? It will cost you.

Radisson Blue

The beach bar at the Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa on the Caribbean island of St. Martin.Courtesy of the hotel.



The “get me out of here!” calls are rolling in to travel counselors around the country as spring break kicks off and yet more winter storms bring bitter cold weather to many parts of the United States.

“People are literally crying to help us get them somewhere with guaranteed good weather,” said Jack Ezon, president of Ovation Vacations, a member of the Virtuoso luxury travel network.

“Our winter business has spiked 38.5 percent in the past three weeks. And last minute business, meaning requests 10 days out or less, accounts for a whopping 78 percent of our business this year for winter travel,” he said.

Several online agencies, including STA Travel, a discount student agency, report the same.

“We have definitely seen an increase in requests recently, mainly to Cancun,” STA spokeswoman Teresa Cordova said. Some of the more popular places are sold out, and prices at other properties are about 30 percent more expensive than they were six weeks ago, she said.’s data show travel to warmer destinations has increased 27 percent over the past few weeks to destinations including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean.

“If you haven’t booked your spring break yet, do so immediately and have a backup list of where you want to go,” said Mark Drusch, chief supplier relations officer for “Consider counter-seasonal destinations or international destinations, such as Central America, perhaps more so this year due to the weather and its impact on bookings.”

At the Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa on the Caribbean island of St. Martin “rooms are flying off the shelves,” General Manager Jean-Marc Jalbert said via email. “We are right in the middle of the perfect storm—a good one. We have not raised our prices because of the weather, but we have been pretty much sold out since the second week of January.”

Jalbert said unlike previous years, there is no negotiating on rate room rates right now and that if superior or deluxe rooms are no longer available, “the guests buy suites, just to get out of the cold weather. We have also seen people extending their stay at the last minute, reluctant to go back to the cold.”

Ovation Travel’s Ezon hasn’t noticed many hotels raising their rates as a result of the bad weather in the United States, but says many properties are blocking out promotions or are instituting minimum stays.

“The other big challenge right now is getting people to their destinations,” said Ezon.

The unrelenting winter storms are motivating people to plan and book trips to warm weather destinations, but bus, train and airline cancellations often get in the way.

“My advice for all winter refugees is to buy insurance that covers either ‘cancel for any reason’ or delay/cancellation based on weather,” said Ezon. “And make sure to buy it from someone who understands the nuances in the policies, because not all will pay for your vacation if your flight is merely canceled due to snow.”

(My store about winter storms spiking demand for vacations in warm weather destinations first appeared on CNBC Road Warrior)


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