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Super Typhoon Lan Could Make Direct Hit on Tokyo

Oct. 21, 2017
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2017 has seen more than its fair share of highly destructive natural disasters, with neither the Atlantic or Pacific cyclone regions out of the woods yet. Currently brewing in the Eastern Pacific is Super Typhoon Lan, which could make landfall in Japan as early as October 22.

Packing sustained winds of 130 knots (150 mph) — with gusts up to 160 knots (184 mph) — Super Typhoon Lan is forecasted to make a direct hit on Tokyo around 8am local time Monday morning. The center of the storm is currently expected to pass 18 nautical miles (21 miles) away from Tokyo's Narita Airport (NRT).

The storm will likely wreak havoc on flights in and out of the region, including Tokyo-bound US flights departing on Saturday and Sunday. Many airlines have issued travel waivers allowing free flight changes.

Remember: If you are stuck somewhere due to a storm, airlines aren’t responsible for paying for meals or hotels in the case of weather-related delays/cancellations so take advantage of this offer.

We recommend paying for flights with cards have flight delay/cancellation insurance that will reimburse you for weather issues, including the Citi Prestige ($500 per ticket 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).

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My Citi Prestige card personally came in handy earlier this season when I got stuck in Nagoya, Japan due to a typhoon-related flight cancellation, netting me $1,000 on a flight delay insurance claim.

As of publishing, here are the waivers issued for Super Typhoon Lan:

American Airlines

  • Travel dates: October 22
  • Airports affected: Nagoya, Japan (NGO); Okinawa, Japan (OKA); Osaka Kansai, Japan (KIX)
  • Must have ourchased your ticket by October 20
  • Rebook travel anytime between October 21-23
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city without being assessed a fare difference. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.
  • Travel dates: October 23
  • Airports affected: Nagoya, Japan (NGO); Tokyo Haneda, Japan (HND); Tokyo Narita, Japan (NRT)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by October 20
  • Rebook travel anytime between October 22-24
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city without being assessed a fare difference. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.

Delta

  • Travel dates: October 22-24
  • Airports affected: Fukuoka, Japan (FUK); Nagoya, Japan (NGO); Osaka, Japan (KIX); Tokyo Haneda, Japan (HND); Tokyo Narita, Japan (NRT)
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than October 27
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond October 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.
  • If travel cannot 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

  • Travel dates: October 22-24
  • Airports affected: Fukuoka, Japan (FUK)​; Nagoya, Japan (NGO)​; Osaka, Japan (KIX)​; Tokyo Haneda, Japan (HND)​; Tokyo Narita, Japan (NRT)​​
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before October 31, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.
  • For wholly rescheduled travel departing after October 31, or for a change in departure or destination city, the change fee will be waived, but a difference in fare may apply. Rescheduled travel must be completed within one year from the date when the ticket was issued.

ANA

ANA isn't allowing free flight changes at this time. It's merely noting which airports "may be delayed, diverted or return to their departure airports by Typhoon Lan."

ANA Typhoon Lan

Japan Airlines

Similarly, Japan Airlines isn't allowing free flight changes at this time. It's merely noting which airports "may experience flight delays, cancellations, or diversions due to Typhoon Lan."

JAL Typhoon Lan
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  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more