Flying somewhere? Winter Storm Stella may stop you.

Spring flowers are showing off their beauty in many parts of the country, but in the Midwest and Northeast United States there’s a blizzard on its way and that means thousands of canceled flights and big hassles for travelers trying to get from here to there.

Your airline may have already preemptively canceled your flight in advance of Winter Storm Stella – or may be about to.

Or your airline may be encouraging you to cancel your plans yourself – with the help of a change fee waiver – and fly another day.

Here are links to the current winter weather alerts from many airlines. In most cases you can make one change to your travel plans without incurring a change fee.

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Frontier Airlines


Southwest Airlines


United Airlines

Virgin America

As always, it’s a good idea to keep checking with your airline for updates and changes as the storm moves through.  Stay safe.


NE storm brings cancellations & flight waivers

Winter storm Niko may drop a foot of snow – or more – in many parts of the northeast, wreaking havoc for travelers in many parts of the country.

Ahead of the storm, airlines were cancelling flights and issuing change fee waivers for passengers. In many cases, travelers may request refunds for their travel, whether or not a flight has already been cancelled yet or not.

If you have travel booked, be sure to check your airline website for the most up to date policy as the storm moves through.

Here are links to the policies and statements many airlines had posted as of Wednesday evening:

Alaska Airlines is offering change fee waivers for those scheduled to travel Feb 8 to 10 to/from or through Boston, Baltimore (BWI), New York (EWR + JFK), Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. (IAD and DCA). Rebooked travel must be completed by February 17.

Allegiant Air has a travel alert in effect for February 9 for Allentown, PA (ABE), Baltimore (BWI),cBangor, ME (BGR), Harrisburg, PA (MDT), Newark, NJ (EWR), Portsmouth, NH (PSM), Scranton, PA (AVP), Stewart, NY (SWF) and Trenton, NJ (TTN). Allegiant allows changes to other cities served.

American Airlines’ travel waiver affects travel to/from or through more than 30 cities in the northeast U.S. and Canada. Changes fees will be waived if you are scheduled to travel February 9 – 10, 2017 and can travel February 7 – 13, 2017 instead between the originally booked cities in the same cabin

24 airports are currently affected by the NE storm travel alert from Delta Air Lines for travel scheduled Feb 9 and 10. Tickets must be rebooked and begun by Feb 12.

Frontier Airlines change fee waiver currently goes though Feb 9 for NY (LGA), Trenton, NJ (TTN), Washington, D.C. (DCA + IAD) and Philadelphia (PHL). One change is allowed; both origin and destination city may be changed. Travel must be completed by Feb. 28.

Hawaiian Airlines (which was also having an issue with its reservation system on Wednesday evening) has a travel alert posted for passengers flying to or from New York (JFK),  Newark (EWR), Boston (BOS), Charlotte, NC (CLT), Raleigh Durhah, NC (RDU), Washington, DC (IAD) and Philadelphia (PHL). The travel waiver covers Feb 9. Changes must be rebooked and ticketed for new flights no later than February 9, 2017 for new travel that takes place on/before February 12, 2017.

JetBlue‘s travel change fee waiver policy covers flights scheduled through Feb 10 for flights to/from/through 17 northeast cities. Flights may be rebooked for travel through February 16.

Spirit Airlines‘ travel alert covers passengers with scheduled flights to/from: Atlantic City (ACY), Boston, Newark, New York (LGA) and Philadelphia on February 9.

The winter weather advisory for Southwest Airlines  covers 17 cities – mostly for travel through February 10.

19 cities are currently covered under the United Airlines  travel alert for travel scheduled through Feb 10.

And, Virgin America has an alert for flights to/from Boston (BOS), JFK, EWR, LGA through February 10. Rebooked travel must take place by February 17.

Winter storm Jupiter wreaks havoc with travel

Winter storm Jupiter and assorted ice storms around the country are wreaking havoc with air travel this week and there are travel alerts galore from the airlines.

If you’ve got a trip planned, be sure to check your airlines’ website, sign up for travel alerts and subscribe to the Twitter feeds of your airline and of the airports you’re starting from – and heading for.

Here are some of the travel alerts posted as of Thursday evening, Jan. 12.

Most airlines will waive changes fees and the difference in the price of the ticket if you book new travel to or from the affected cities in the same cabin in the next week or so and/or refund the price of your ticket if you choose not to travel.  Check your airlines’ website for details.

Alaska Airlines has an alert posted for travel to or from Omaha, Oklahoma City, Kansas City and St. Louis for January 13-15.

There are at least 17 cities affected American Airlines’ travel alert for January 15-16, including

  • Buffalo, New York (BUF)
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CID)
  • Central Wisconsin, Wisconsin (CWA)
  • Des Moines, Iowa (DSM)
  • Dubuque, Iowa (DBQ)
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin (GRB)
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan (GRR)
  • Kansas City, Missouri (MCI)
  • La Crosse, Wisconsin (LSE)
  • Madison, Wisconsin (MSN)
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MKE)
  • Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota (MSP)
  • Omaha, Nebraska (OMA)
  • Rochester, Minnesota (RST)
  • Sioux City, Iowa (SUX)
  • Traverse City, Michigan (TVC)
  • Wichita, Kansas (ICT)

The travel alert for Delta Air Lines also covers 17 cities, for travel January 13-15:

Baltimore (BWI), Bloomington, IL (BMI), Charleston, WV (CRW), Cincinnati, OH (CVG), Columbus, OH (CMH), Dayton, OH (DAY), Indianapolis, IN (IND), Kansas City, MO (MCI), Oklahoma City, OK (OKC), Peoria, IL (PIA), Philadelphia, PA (PHL), Springfield, MO (SGF), St. Louis, MO (STL), Tulsa, OK (TUL), Washington Dulles, DC (IAD), Washington Reagan, DC (DCA) and Wichita, KS (ICT)

JetBlue’s  travel waiver covers Cleveland (CLE), Philadelphia (PHL), Pittsburgh (PIT) and the airports in the D.C. metro area for travel January 13-15.

More than 20 cities are affected by Southwest Airlines’ travel alert for flights scheduled between January 13 and 16  (dates vary by city) and United Airlines  has a travel alert posted for flights scheduled January 13 -15 to for from these cities:

  • Amarillo, TX (AMA)
  • Charleston, WV (CRW)
  • Charlottesville, VA (CHO)
  • Cincinnati, OH (CVG)
  • Columbus, OH (CMH)
  • Dayton, OH (DAY)
  • Evansville, IN (EVV)
  • Indianapolis, IN (IND)
  • Kansas City, MO (MCI)
  • Lubbock, TX (LBB)
  • Oklahoma City, OK (OKC)
  • Paducah, KY (PAH)
  • Peoria, IL (PIA)
  • Springfield, IL (SPI)
  • Springfield, MO (SGF)
  • St. Louis, MO (STL)
  • Tulsa, OK (TUL)
  • Wichita, KS (ICT)

If you can rearrange your plans and stay out of the path of the storm and out of the airports that will be experiencing delays and cancellations, do it!

Airlines + you = hurricane aid


Courtesy the Weather Channel

As Hurricane Matthew continues to pound the southeast U.S. coast, airlines are joining in to encourage everyone to donate funds to help out those affected by the storm.

American Airlines – which has canceled thousands of flights this past week due to the storm – works with the Red Cross year-round and, though Oct. 31, 2016 is giving AAdvantage members who donate $50-$100 to the Red Cross a thank-you of 250 AAdvantage miles. Those who donate $100 or more will receive a 500 AAdvantage miles award.

Details on the American Airlines offer are available here.

United Airlines is also offering some thank-you miles in exchange for your donations to help with hurricane relief efforts:

The carrier is partnering with the Red Cross, Americares, Airlink and OperationUSA and is making five million bonus miles available on a match basis to MileagePlus customers who donate to these organizations through the online donations platform, CrowdRise.

Enter your MileagePlus number when you make your donation, and you can receive miles based on the size of your gift:

·Donate $50-$99 – Earn 250 bonus miles
·Donate $100-$249 – Earn 500 bonus miles
·Donate $250 or more – Earn 1,000 bonus miles.

United’s offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis for donations made here.

Hurricane Matthew wreaking travel havoc

(Photo courtesy Keene Public Library, via Flickr)

(Photo courtesy Keene Public Library, via Flickr)

As Hurrican Matthew churns its way north, airlines are cancelling flights and offering travel waivers and airports are taking the unusual step of closing for parts of the day.

Noting that many airlines already suspended service Wednesday evening, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport announced that it will close at 10:30 am on Thursday morning and “resume service as soon as possible after the hurricane has left the area.”

Wednesday evening Miami International Airport had this notice on its site:

Waivers offered by airlines are expanding:

Here are links to some of the policies posted by other airlines Wednesday evening.

Alaska Airlines

Allegiant Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Frontier Airlines

Spirit Airlines

United Airlines