Travel Waivers Issued Ahead of Winter Storms and Volcano

Jan 5, 2017

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Winter storms and volcanoes, oh my! The next few days are going to be rough for flying in the US as the latest winter storm sweeps across the nation. Meanwhile, down in Costa Rica, the Turrialba Volcano is active and threatening to mess up flight plans. Thankfully, many airlines have already issued travel change fee waivers, allowing you to reschedule your flights if your flights are threatened by these extreme conditions.

If you decide to keep your original flight schedule, keep in mind that airlines won’t be responsible for paying for your meals or hotels in the case of weather-related delays/cancellations. 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

– Rocky Mountains

  • Travel dates: January 4-5
  • Must have bought your ticket by January 4, 2017. Rebook travel anytime between January 4 – 8. You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same class or pay the difference.

– South Central US

  • Travel dates: January 6
  • Must have bought your ticket by January 4, 2017. Rebook travel anytime between January 4 – 9. You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same class or pay the difference.

– Southeastern US

  • Travel dates: January 6-7
  • Must have bought your ticket by January 4, 2017. Rebook travel anytime between January 4 – 10. You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same class or pay the difference.

– Costa Rica

  • Travel dates: January 4-7
  • Must have bought your ticket by January 4, 2017. Rebook travel anytime between January 4 – 14. You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same class or pay the difference.

Delta Air Lines

– Rocky Mountains

  • Travel dates: January 4-5
  • Ticket must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin by January 8, 2017.

– South Central US

  • Travel dates: January 6
  • Ticket must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin by January 9, 2017.

– Southeastern US

  • Travel dates: January 6-7
  • Ticket must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin by January 10, 2017.

Frontier Airlines

  • Travel dates: January 4-5
  • Flights to/through: Denver, CO (DEN) and Colorado Springs, CO (COS)
  • Must have purchased tickets on or before January 3
  • Rebooked travel must begin by January 27, 2017
  • Origin and destination cities may be changed
  • Note that Frontier has already cancelled dozens of flights for January 4-5. Check the alert to see if your flight is cancelled.

JetBlue Airlines

  • Travel dates: January 5-6
  • Airports: Baltimore, MD (BWI); Boston, MA (BOS); New York, NY (JFK); New York, NY (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Providence, RI (PVD); Washington, DC (DCA); Washington, DC (IAD); Worcester, MA (ORH)
  • Travel Agent waiver code: WXB6ACME17
  • Customers may rebook their flights for travel through Friday, January 13, 2017, 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 Thursday, January 5, 2017.

Southwest Airlines

– Rocky Mountains

  • Travel dates: January 4-5
  • Airports: Boise (BOI); Denver (DEN); Reno (RNO); Salt Lake City (SLC)
  • Customers who are holding reservations on January 4 or January 5, 2017, 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 our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

– South Central US

  • Travel dates: January 6
  • Airports: Amarillo (AMA); Dallas (DAL); Little Rock (LIT); Lubbock (LBB); Memphis (MEM); Oklahoma City (OKC)
  • Customers who are holding reservations on Friday, January 6, 2017, 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 our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

– Southeast US

  • Travel dates: January 6-7
  • Airports: Atlanta (ATL); Birmingham (BHM); Charlotte (CLT); Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP); Nashville (BNA); Norfolk (ORF); Raleigh/Durham (RDU)
  • Customers who are holding reservations on January 6 or January 7, 2017, 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 our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

United Airlines

– Rocky Mountains

  • Travel dates: January 4-5
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new flights departing on or before January 8, 2017 as long as travel is rescheduled in the same cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.

– Southern Plains

  • Travel dates: January 6-7
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new flights departing on or before January 10, 2017, as long as travel is rescheduled in the same cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.

– Southeast US

  • Travel dates: January 6
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new flights departing on or before January 9, 2017, as long as travel is rescheduled in the same cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.

– Costa Rica

  • Travel dates: January 4-6
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new flights departing on or before January 10, 2017, 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: Spirit Airlines

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