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Storm watch: airlines waiving change fees

Thanksgiving travel plans are going haywire as a terrible winter storm makes it way east.




Several airlines are offering to waive change fees for passengers with flights scheduled to or from cities in the path of the storm over the next few days.

As of Tuesday evening,  these airlines had travel advisories posted on their sites:

Alaska Airlines

“Due to forecasted snow and ice storms on the east coast, Alaska Airlines is offering a travel waiver for customers traveling on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, to/from Boston, Newark, Philadelphia, or Washington, D.C. airports.”

Details here.

American Airlines

A Travel Advisory for the northeast is in effect for November 27 for flights to, from and through: Baltimore, Boston, Hartford, New York/New Jersey (JFK, LGA, EWR), Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. (DCA/IAD) and Westchester/White Plains.

Delta Air Lines

Delta is reminding travelers that “if your flight is canceled or significantly delayed, you are entitled to a refund.”

The airline is also allowing passengers to make a make a one-time, no-fee change to their tickets if travel includes flights to, from, or through a dozen cities on Delta, Delta Connection®, or Delta-coded flights on November 27.  See the list of cities included in the advisory here.


JetBlue now has a travel advisory posted for the the Northeast for customers planning to travel on November 27.

Details here.

Spirit Airlines has posted a ‘weather buster policy’ for flights between Fort Lauderdale, FL and Niagara Falls, NY.


United Airlines has a chart full of cities affected by weather – and change fee waivers as well. See the list here.

US Airways

For flights scheduled to, from or through a long list of east coast cities on November 26 and 27, US Airways has relaxed it change fee policies. See the list of cities included here.

I’ll update this list as/if other airlines post travel advisories, but be sure to check with your airline before heading to the airport for your flight. And even if your flight isn’t showing canceled, be prepared for that possibility: pack snacks, things to keep yourself occupied, a change of clothing, your patience and good humor…. just in case.

And Virgin America now has an east coast travel advisory posted as well for November 26 and 27. Details here.

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