New Winter Storm Set to Ground Flights Across Great Lakes Region

Dec 15, 2016

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Just days after a winter storm crippled flights across the Midwest, another powerful storm is moving into the area. If you’re planning to travel through the Great Lakes region this weekend, you might have to find other plans.

Thankfully, many airlines have gotten ahead of the storm and have issued fee waivers for changing your flight. If you’ve got the flexibility to fly out on a different date, you probably want to take advantage of these waivers now. Once cancellations begin, reaccommodated passengers will likely eat up remaining availability for days.

If you get stranded at the airport, keep in mind that airlines aren’t responsible for paying for your meals or hotels, as the cancellations/delays would be due to weather. However, you might be covered by your credit card. Here are the top credit card that offer solid flight delay/cancellation insurance: Citi Prestige ($500 per passenger for 3+ hour delay), Chase Sapphire Reserve ($500 per ticket for 6+ hour or overnight delay) or Chase Sapphire Preferred ($500 per ticket for 12+ hour or overnight delay).

As of publishing, here are the current travel waivers:

American Airlines

  • Travel dates: December 16-17
  • 27 airports across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin
  • Must have bought your ticket by December 15, 2016. Rebook travel anytime between December 15 – 20. You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same class or pay the difference.

Delta Air Lines

  • Travel dates: December 16-17
  • 36 airports across Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin
  • Ticket must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin by December 20, 2016.

JetBlue Airlines

  • Travel dates: December 15-17
  • Airports: Buffalo, NY (BUF); Chicago, IL (ORD); Cleveland, OH (CLE); Detroit, MI (DTW); Rochester, NY (ROC); Syracuse, NY (SYR)
  • Customers may rebook their flights for travel through Friday, December 23, 2016 prior to the departure of their originally scheduled flight. Customers with cancelled flights may opt for a refund. Original travel must have been booked on or before Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Southwest Airlines

  • Travel dates: December 16-18
  • Airports: Akron-Canton (CAK); Chicago Midway (MDW); Cleveland (CLE); Detroit (DTW); Flint (FNT); Grand Rapids (GRR); Milwaukee (MKE); Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)
  • Customers who are holding reservations on Friday, December 16, thru Sunday, December 18, and want to alter their travel plans may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

Spirit Airlines

  • Travel dates: December 15-16
  • Airports: Akron/Canton, OH (CAK); Chicago, IL (ORD); Cleveland, OH (CLE); Detroit, MI (DTW); Minneapolis, MN (MSP); Niagara Falls, NY (IAG)
  • Modification Charge/Fare Difference waived through: December 20, 2016. After this date the modification charge is waived, but a fare difference may apply.

United Airlines

  • Travel dates: December 16-17
  • 28 airports across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new flights departing on or before December 20, 2016 as long as travel is rescheduled in the same cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.

No alerts yet from: Frontier Airlines

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