Superstorm Sandy

Links to airline travel waivers for new Northeast storm


Supper storm Sandy really messed up air travel last week and now a Nor’easter is doing it again.

On Tuesday, many airlines began proactively canceling flights and posting travel waivers for much of the east coast. Late Tuesday night was listing more than 680 cancelled flights for Wednesday.

Here’s a short list of links to the airline travel waivers and cancellation notices. Some airlines still have travel waivers for Sandy in effect.

American Airlines

“Due to severe weather projected for the Northeast this week, American Airlines and American Eagle are suspending operations on Nov. 7, in Philadelphia (PHL) at noon and at all New York-area airports by 3 p.m.

Operations at these airports are expected to start up again the morning of Thursday, Nov. 8. American and American Eagle have canceled approximately 290 flights to, from and through these airports on Nov. 7 and 8. Additional delays and cancellations may occur as American resumes operations in New York and Philadelphia.”

Delta Air Lines  Travel to/from at least twenty cities included.

Frontier Airlines   Guidelines for travel to/from New York-LaGuardia (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), and Allentown (ABE).

Jet Blue
  New travels alerts posted for travel to/from nine cities.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is offering flexible accommodations for Customers traveling to/from Hartford (BDL), Newark (EWR), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Long Island (ISP), and Philadelphia (PHL), on Wednesday, 11/7 and Thursday, 11/8.

United Airlines  Travel guidelines listed for eight cities.


Cities Affected: New Haven, CT ; Newark, NJ ; Islip, NY ; New York, NY (Laguardia) ; New York, NY (JFK) ; Newburgh, NY ; White Plains, NY

Date Range: 11/2/2012 1:00 PM ET through 11/8/2012 11:59 PM ET

If you get stuck at an airport, these airport guides I maintain for USA TODAY may help.


How to donate airline miles, hotel points & money to storm relief efforts

LaGuardia Airport during the storm. Courtesy Port Authority New York & New Jersey

A lot of people need – and will continue to need – help recovering from Superstorm Sandy and several airlines are offering incentives for their customers to make cash donations to the Red Cross and other relief organizations.

Here are a few options:

JetBlue  is matching up to $50,000 in customer donations to the Red Cross and will give 6 TrueBlue points for every dollar you donate through 11/30/12.

On Thursday, the United Airlines Foundation announced that it upped from $50,000 to $100,000 the amount of donations it will match to the American Red Cross, AmeriCares and Feeding America. MileagePlus members who give a minimum of $50 will receive 250 bonus miles, and those who contribute $100 or more will receive 500 bonus miles. Find details here.

American Airlines is encouraging people to donate to the Red Cross as well. Through November 30, 2012, AAdvantage members can earn a one-time award of 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for a minimum $50 donation, or 500 AAdvantage bonus miles for a donation of $100. Details here.

The Delta Air Lines Foundation has given $100,000 to the Red Cross for storm relief and is encouraging customers to donate Sky Miles to the Red Cross for storm relief.

This page on the Red Cross website lists ways you can donate miles from Delta, United and US Airways and this page on the Red Cross website lists ways you can donate credit card rewards and hotel points from Choice Hotels, Hilton, Marriott and Starwood properties.

Hilton HHonors has partnered with GlobalGiving and from now until December 31, 2012 will give you 10 HHonors Bonus Points for every $1 USD donated to support the relief efforts. Hilton is also  matching all donations up to $100,000. Donate here.

Starwood has announced that it will match donations of at least 2,000 Starpoints made by members of the Starwood Preferred Guests program to the American Red Cross through November 30, 2012. (2,0000 Starpoints equals a $25 donation.) Donate here.

Know of another airline, hotel, car rental or travel-related organization offering matches or bonuses to those who help out with storm relief? Let me know and I’ll update this list.