No Joke! Snowstorms Threaten to Impact Flights This Weekend

Mar 30, 2017

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Although spring was supposed to have sprung March 20, it seems this winter has a couple more snowstorm left in it. Storms in Colorado and the Northeast are prompting airlines to release change fee waivers to help passengers avoid delayed and cancelled flights.

Upstate New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts are likely to get the most snow from this storm. Image courtesy of Weather Underground.

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Northeast Storm

Here are the airports covered by at least one of the waivers below. Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.

As of this writing, here are the available travel waivers for the Northeast storm:

American Airlines

  • Travel date: April 1
  • Must have bought your ticket by March 30. Rebook travel anytime between March 30-April 4. You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same class or pay the difference.

Delta

  • Travel date: April 1
  • Ticket must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin by April 4.
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond April 4, the change fee will be waived. However, a difference in fare may apply.

JetBlue

  • Travel dates: March 31-April 1
  • Original travel must have been booked on or before Thursday, March 30.
  • Customers may rebook their flights for travel through Tuesday, April 4 online in the ‘Manage Flights’ section of jetblue.com or by calling 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) prior to the departure time of their originally scheduled flight. Customers with cancelled flights may also opt for a refund to the original form of payment.

United

  • Travel dates: April 1
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before April 5, as long as travel is rescheduled in the same cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

No waivers released by: Frontier, Southwest, SpiritVirgin America

Colorado Storm

Frontier

  • Travel dates: March 31-April 1
  • Airports: Colorado Springs, CO (COS) and Denver, CO (DEN)
  • Original travel must have been booked on or before Thursday, March 30.
  • Travel must be completed no later than Thursday, April 13.
  • Origin and destination cities may be changed.

United

  • Travel dates: March 31-April 1
  • Airports: Aspen, CO (ASE); Colorado Springs, CO (COS); Denver, CO (DEN); Durango, CO (DRO); Grand Junction, CO (GJT); Gunnison, CO (GUC); Hayden, CO (HDN); Montrose/Telluride, CO (MTJ); Vail/Eagle, CO (EGE)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before April 5, as long as travel is rescheduled in the same cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

No waivers released by: American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest,  SpiritVirgin America

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