Airlines Allowing Free Flight Changes in NYC, D.C., Philly and More Tomorrow

Jul 6, 2017

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It appears that Friday is going to bring some rough weather for several cities in the Northeast. With flights scheduled so tightly at major airports in the region (especially in the NYC area), any limitations on air traffic controllers or missed landings will likely cause delays to stack up. So, airlines are giving travelers an “out” if you’ve got flexible travel plans.

Here are the airports that are included in at least one of the waivers so far:

Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.
Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.

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 in the area, you can use these change fee waivers to reroute yourself through different airports or on different dates. You might be able to get really creative with these:

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 Card ($500 per ticket for 12+ hour or overnight delay).

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

American Airlines

  • Travel date: July 7
  • Airports covered: Islip, New York (ISP); New York LaGuardia, New York (LGA); New York Kennedy, New York (JFK); Newark, New Jersey (EWR); Stewart Newburgh, New York (SWF); White Plains / Westchester County, New York (HPN)
  • Must have bought your ticket by: July 6
  • Rebook travel between July 6-9
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.

Delta

  • Travel date: July 7
  • Airports covered: New York, NY-Kennedy (JFK); New York, NY-LaGuardia (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Newburgh, NY (SWF); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • Ticket must be reissued by July 10
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than July 10
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond July 10, 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. If travel is not able to be rescheduled within these guidelines, customers may cancel their reservation and apply any unused value of the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket for a period of one year from the original ticket issuance.

JetBlue

  • Travel date: July 7
  • Airports covered: Baltimore, MD (BWI); Boston, MA (BOS); New York, NY (JFK); New York, NY (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Newburgh, NY (SWF); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Providence, RI (PVD); Washington, D.C. (DCA); Washington, D.C. (IAD); Westchester County, NY (HPN); Worcester, MA (ORH)
  • Original travel must have been booked by: July 5
  • Rebook flights for travel through: July 10
  • Must rebook prior to the departure of their originally scheduled flight. 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.
  • Customers with cancelled flights may also opt for a refund.

Southwest

  • Travel date: July 7
  • Airports covered: Newark (EWR); New York LaGuardia (LGA); Long Island MacArthur (ISP)
  • Customers who are holding reservations to, from, or through the airports above on Friday, July 7, 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 date: July 7
  • Airports covered:​​​​​​​​​​​​ New York/Newark, NJ (EWR); New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK); New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before July 9, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

FrontierSpirit, and Virgin America haven’t released waivers at the time of this publication.

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