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The s-word is showing up in the forecast for Atlanta Friday. So naturally, Atlanta residents are freaking out. (Note: I say that with love as a former resident). Airlines too are preparing for the “light accumulations” by allowing passengers flying from, to or through ATL to change their Friday flights for free.

For passengers connecting through ATL Friday, these waivers will allow you to change your flights to connect through another airport, change to another date or do both. Passengers starting or ending their travel in Atlanta can theoretically use these waivers to change their routing, but you’re likely just going to be limited to changing the date of your travel.

If you get stuck with a cancelled or severely delayed flight, 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).

Image by Weather Underground.
Image by Weather Underground.

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

American Airlines

  • Travel date: December 8
  • Must have bought your ticket by December 7.
  • Rebook travel anytime between December 7-11.
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same class or pay the difference.

Delta

  • Travel date: December 8
  • Ticket must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin by December 11.
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond December 11, 2017, 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. Applicable change fee and fare difference will apply for new travel dates.

United

  • Travel date: December 8
  • Rebook travel anytime between December 7-11.
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before December 11, 2017, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

No waivers from: Spirit, Southwest

This post was updated to add United’s waiver.

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Chase Sapphire Reserve®

This is one of the top premium cards out there since you earn 3x on all travel (excluding $300 travel credit) and dining and have access to great perks like a $300 travel credit each cardmember year, 50% more value when you redeem points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards and you get elite travel benefits like Global Entry application fee rebate, Priority Pass Select and special rental car privileges.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50K bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named "Best Premium Travel Credit Card" for 2018 by MONEY® Magazine
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. $0 foreign transaction fees.
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,000+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select
  • Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.99% - 24.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$450
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each balance transfer, whichever is greater
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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