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Five Airlines Just Announced Free Changes for Flights Today and Tomorrow

June 23, 2017
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Storms are picking up in the Northeast and flights are already starting to get delayed. The FAA is reducing traffic into Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR), New York (JFK and LGA) and Philadelphia (PHL) starting at 1pm ET. To ease pressure on travelers heading through the area, five airlines just released travel change fee waivers for flights today and tomorrow.

If you’re flying to/from the affected airports, you can utilize these change fee waivers to rebook yourself on a different date. Or, if you’re just connecting through the area, you can use these change fee waivers to reroute yourself through different airports or on different dates.

Here's a map of all of the airports included in at least one of the waivers below:

june 23 travel waiver map

Remember, if you can’t delay your itinerary, airlines aren’t going to be responsible for paying for your meals or hotels in the case of weather-related delays/cancellations. But some top cards have flight delay/cancellation insurance that can reimburse you for weather issues, including the Citi Prestige ($500 per passenger for 3+ hour delay), the Chase Sapphire Reserve ($500 per ticket for 6+ hour or overnight delay) and Chase Sapphire Preferred ($500 per ticket for 12+ hour or overnight delay).

As of this writing, here are the available travel waivers for today and tomorrow:

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American Airlines

  • Travel date: June 23-24
  • Airports affected: Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE); Albany, New York (ALB); Watertown, New York (ART); Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, Pennsylvania (AVP); Hartford, Connecticut (BDL); Burlington, Vermont (BTV); Buffalo, New York (BUF); Akron / Canton, Ohio (CAK); Cleveland, Ohio (CLE); Detroit, Michigan (DTW); Erie, Pennsylvania (ERI); Newark, New Jersey (EWR); White Plains / Westchester County, New York (HPN); New Haven, Connecticut (HVN); Williamsport, Pennsylvania (IPT); Islip, New York (ISP); Ithaca, New York (ITH); New York Kennedy, New York (JFK); New York LaGuardia, New York (LGA); Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (MDT); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PIT); Rochester, New York (ROC); State College, Pennsylvania (SCE); Stewart Newburgh, New York (SWF); Syracuse, New York (SYR); Toledo, Ohio (TOL); Ottawa, Canada (YOW); Montreal, Canada (YUL); Toronto, Canada (YYZ)
  • Must have bought your ticket by June 23.
  • Rebook travel anytime between June 23-28.
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.

Delta

  • Travel date: June 23-24
  • Airports affected: Boston, MA (BOS); Hartford, CT (BDL); New York, NY-Kennedy (JFK); New York, NY-LaGuardia (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Newburgh, NY (SWF); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than: June 27
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond June 27, the change fee will be waived. However, a difference in fare may apply. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity, one year from date of original issue.
  • May cancel your reservation and apply funds toward a future flight purchase within one year from the original ticket issuance.

JetBlue

  • Travel dates: June 23-24
  • Airports affected: Hartford, CT (BDL); New York, NY (JFK); New York, NY (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Newburgh, NY (SWF); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Westchester County, NY (HPN); Worcester, MA (ORH)
  • Must have bought your ticket by: June 22
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than: June 28
  • To rebook travel or request a refund online, click here. If you are already checked in for your flight, please call [JetBlue] at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) for assistance with rebooking or a credit.

Southwest

  • Travel dates: June 23-24
  • Airports affected: Boston (BOS); Hartford (BDL); Long Island/MacArthur (ISP); New York LaGuardia (LGA); Newark (EWR); Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Customers who are holding reservations on June 23 and June 24, 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 [Southwest's] accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

United

  • Travel dates: June 23-24
  • Airports affected: Boston, MA (BOS); Hartford, CT (BDL); New York/Newark, NJ (EWR); New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK); New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Providence, RI (PVD); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before June 27, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​​

Frontier, Spirit and Virgin America haven't released waivers at the time of this posting.

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