Free Flight Changes for NYC, D.C., Boston, Philly and More Sunday

Oct 27, 2017

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Exactly five years after Sandy made landfall in the Northeast, the area is bracing for another tropical system to wreak havoc on travel. Sustained winds of 15-25 mph aren’t expected to do much damage, but gusts up to 50 mph are likely to impact air traffic, leading to lengthy delays and cancellations.

So far, just two airlines have issued travel waivers for the area for flights Sunday. These waivers allow travelers free changes and sometimes free cancellations. If you’re flying in or out of a covered area, you may be able to rebook travel for free, including rerouting through a different connecting airport and/or changing the dates of travel.

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

2017.10.27 weather waiver airports NE

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 travel waivers covering travel this Sunday:

American Airlines

  • Travel dates: October 29
  • Airports affected: Albany, New York (ALB); Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE); Baltimore, Maryland (BWI); Boston, Massachusetts (BOS); Burlington, Vermont (BTV); Hartford, Connecticut (BDL); Islip, New York (ISP); Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT); New Haven, Connecticut (HVN); New York Kennedy, New York (JFK); New York LaGuardia, New York (LGA); Newark, New Jersey (EWR); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL); Portland, Maine (PWM); Providence, Rhode Island (PVD); Salisbury / Ocean City, Maryland (SBY); Washington Dulles, Washington D.C. (IAD); Washington Reagan, Washington D.C. (DCA); White Plains / Westchester County, New York (HPN)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by October 26
  • Rebook travel anytime between October 27-November 1
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.

Delta

  • Travel date: October 29
  • Airports covered: Boston, MA (BOS); 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 November 1
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than November 1
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond November 1, 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.

United Airlines

  • Travel date: October 29
  • Airports covered: Baltimore, MD (BWI); 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); Washington, DC – Dulles (IAD); Washington-National, DC (DCA); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before November 1, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

As the time of publication, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and Virgin America have not issued change fee waivers.

Update 10/27/17 11:25am: This post has been updated with the addition of Delta’s waiver.

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