airline fee waivers

Airlines offer change fee waivers as Hurricane Michael roars in




Many airlines are offering waivers on change fees for passengers with booked flights to, through or from cities likely to be hit by Hurricane Michael.

Full refunds are available from some carriers as well.


This Weather Channel map should travelers make many travelers sit up and take notice.  Airlines certainly are.

Here’s a link to travel advisories from American Airlines and JetBlue and Tweets from some other airlines that have issued weather alerts.

If you’re getting on a plane soon, check with your airline for cancellations and complimentary changes you might be allowed to (or need to) make as this storm does its thing.

Airlines waive change fees as Winter Storm Jonas nears



Winter storm Jonas is headed for the east coast and is expected to disrupt travel throughout the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast – and beyond – beginning Friday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for Washington, D.C., and Baltimore and is monitoring the possible impacts of the storm, which are expected to include heavy snow extending from Washington, D.C. to New York and Boston from Friday through Sunday.

“Based on the anticipated storm track, as much as 1 to 2 feet of snow is possible near and northwest of I-95,” the NWS said Wednesday morning its website.

Airports are readying their snow removal equipment and airlines are posting travel alerts. As always, it is best to check your airline’s website and mobile app for the latest updates and alerts and do the same for conditions and advisories from any airports you will be traveling to or through.

During events like this, most airlines will issue travel alerts offering passengers the option to cancel or change their travel plans with no change-fee penalties for certain days and for those traveling to, from or though certain cities.

The American Airlines travel alert relaxes change fee policies for travel to/from or through 40 airports.

One time ticketing fees will be waived for changes made for ticketed travel January 22 to January 24 if it occurs instead January 20 to January 26, 2016.

Delta Air Lines’ Northeast Winter Weather advisory, reminds passengers that if their flights are canceled or significantly delayed, they are entitled to a refund. For travelers with flights scheduled January 24-26, the airline is allowing a one-time change to your ticket, without a fee, if travel is rebooked to begin by January 27, 2016.

Cities/airports included in Delta’s travel alert are Allentown, PA (ABE), BWI, BOS, Charleston, WV (CRW), Charlottesville, VA (CHO), Harrisburg, PA (MDT), JFK, LGA, Newark (EWR), Newburgh, NY (SFW), PHL, Providence, RI (PVD), Richmond, VA (RIC), Roanoke, VA (ROA), Scranton, PA (AVP), Washington’s Dulles and Reagan National Airports, and White Plains, NY (HPN).

Frontier Airline’s storm alert covers travel from Thursday, January 21 through Sunday, January 24 to/from and through Philadelphia (PHL), Trenton-Mercer, NJ (TTN), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Washington’s Dulles and Reagan National Airports, Charlotte, NC (CLT), Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU) and Greensboro, NC (GSO).

JetBlue is waiving change and cancel fees and difference in airfare for passengers scheduled to travel Friday, January 22 and Saturday January 23, 2015, to or from BWI, Richmond, VA (RIC) and Washington’s Dulles and Reagan National Airports. The airline’s alert says customers may rebook flights for travel through Friday, January 29, 2016 and that customers with canceled flight can opt for a refund instead.

Southwest Airlines is advising that customers holding reservations for travel to/from/through Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Boston, Long Island Islip (ISP), Newark, New York LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Providence (PVD), Washington Dulles and Washington Reagan National (DCA) on Friday, January 22 through Saturday, January 23 are eligible to reschedule their flights in accordance with the carrier’s accommodation procedures.

United Airlines’ travel waiver advisory covers a long list of east coast cities and ticketed travel from January 22 through January 24. “The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new flights departing on or before January 20-27, 2016, as long as travel is rescheduled in the same cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed,” the carrier notes on its website.


Updates: travel advisories and airline fee waivers


Here’s the latest list of travel advisories and fee waivers posted by airlines:

American AirlinesInformation updated on January 7 for travel scheduled through January 8 to a long list of cities.

Delta Air Lines – Information updated on Delta’s site on January 6 for Midwest and Northeast weather.

Frontier Air LinesInformation updated on Frontier’s site January 6 with advisories for travel through January 7.

Jet Blue Information updated by Jet Blue on January 7 with advisories for a long list of cities. The airline also has a list of “Operational Update FAQs” on its blog.

Southwest Airlines has travel advisories posted for Chicago Midway through January 7 and for several other cities.

US Airways updated its travel advisories to cover travel to many cities through January 8.

United Airlines now has travel advisories in effect for many cities through January 8 as well.




Snowstorm triggers cancellations & fee waivers


Here’s a rundown of the airline fee waivers offered due to snowstorms in the Midwest and Northeast as of Thursday evening, January 2nd. Be sure to check with your airline – and your airport – for updates.

Alaska Airlines: Travel advisory in effect for travel scheduled January 2 and 3 for travel to or from Boston Logan, Liberty Newark (EWR) and Philadelphia International Airport. Details here.

American Airlines: Travel advisory for travel scheduled January 2 and 3 to or from: Boston (BOS), Buffalo (BUF), Harrisburg, PA (MDT), Hartford, CT (BDL), New York Kennedy, NY (JFK)
New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA), Newark, NJ (EWR), Philadelphia, PA (PHL), Rochester, NY (ROC)
Syracuse, NY (SYR),Westchester County / White Plains, NY (HPN). Details here.

Delta Air Lines: Advisory for travel scheduled January 2 and 3 to or from airports in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Details here.

Frontier Airlines: Advisory noted for travel through January 3 for Harrisburg, PA (MDT), New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA), Philadelphia, PA (PHL), Trenton, NJ (TTN), Washington-Reagan, D.C. (DCA), and Wilmington, DE (ILG). Details here.

Jet Blue: Advisory listed for travel scheduled through January 3rd for Baltimore, MD (BWI), Boston, MA (BOS), Buffalo, NY (BUF), Hartford Springfield, CT (BDL), New York (JFK), New York (LGA), Newburgh, NY (SWF), Newark, NJ (EWR), Pittsburgh, PA (PIT), Portland, ME (PWM), Providence, RI (PVD), Reagan National Airport (DCA), Rochester, NY (ROC), Syracuse, NY (SYR),Washington Dulles (IAD), Westchester County, NY (HPN), Worcester, MA (ORH). Details here.

Southwest Airlines: Advisory listed for Akron-Canton (CAK), Albany (ALB), Boston Logan (BOS),Buffalo/Niagara (BUF),Chicago (Midway) (MDW), Cleveland (CLE), Hartford (BDL), Long Island/Islip (ISP), Manchester (MHT), Milwaukee (MKE), New York (LaGuardia) (LGA), Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), Pittsburgh (PIT), Portland (PWM), Providence (PVD), Rochester (ROC). Details here.

Spirit Airlines. Advisory covers Atlantic City (ACY), Boston (BOS), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Latrobe (LBE), Niagara Falls, New York (IAG), Philadelphia (PHL). Details here.

US Airways: Travel advisory includes Hartford, CT ; New Haven, CT ; Portland, ME ; Boston, MA ; Manchester, NH ; Newark, NJ ; Albany, NY ; Binghamton, NY ; Buffalo, NY ; Islip, NY ; New York, NY (JFK Airport) ; New York, NY (LaGuardia) ; Newburgh, NY ; Rochester, NY ; Syracuse, NY ; White Plains, NY ; Allentown, PA ; Harrisburg, PA ; Philadelphia, PA ; Scranton, PA ; Providence, RI. Details here.

United Airlines: Travel advisory issued for a very long list cities. Details here.

Virgin America: Cities include advisory are:o or from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Details here.