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Looks like US air travel is dealing with a “case of the Mondays.” Weather is causing flight delays and cancellations from sea to shining sea. Current FAA weather advisories are in effect for all three New York City airports (EWR/JFK/LGA), Philadelphia (PHL) and San Francisco (SFO).

But the airport dealing with the worst delays right now is Atlanta (ATL) where about half of flights between 11am and 3pm are delayed:

So far Monday, FlightAware has chalked up 2,720 delays and another 521 cancellations of US flights. 654 of those delays are flights to/from Atlanta and 115 of the cancellations are flights to/from Newark.

It looks like things are going to get worse before they get better in the Northeast. JFK’s FAA ground delay program doesn’t start until 3pm Eastern and Philadelphia flight limitations go into affect at 4pm Eastern. The JFK limitations are expected to cause average delays of 130 minutes (2:10 hours).

Several airlines have released travel waivers for these storms. And, if you’ve got a flexible schedule, you’ll want to take advantage of these waivers. After all, 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 credit 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 2pm Eastern, the following airline waivers are available:

American Airlines

ATLANTA

  • Travel dates: January 8
  • Airports covered: Atlanta (ATL)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by January 8
  • Rebook travel anytime between January 8-11
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.

NORTHEAST

  • Travel dates: January 8
  • Airports covered: Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE); Baltimore, Maryland (BWI); Boston, Massachusetts (BOS); Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (MDT); Hartford, Connecticut (BDL); Islip, New York (ISP); Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts (MVY); New Haven, Connecticut (HVN); New York Kennedy, New York (JFK); New York LaGuardia, New York (LGA); Newark, New Jersey (EWR); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL); Providence, Rhode Island (PVD); State College, Pennsylvania (SCE); Stewart Newburgh, New York (SWF); Washington Dulles, Washington (IAD); Washington Reagan, Washington (DCA); White Plaines / Westchester County, New York (HPN); Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, Pennsylvania (AVP); Williamsport, Pennsylvania (IPT)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by January 8
  • Rebook travel anytime between January 8-12
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.

Delta

ATLANTA

  • Travel dates: January 8
  • Airports covered: Atlanta (ATL)
  • Ticket must be reissued by: January 11
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than: January 11
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond January 11, 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.

NORTHEAST

  • Travel dates: January 8-9
  • Airports covered: Baltimore, MD (BWI); Boston, MA (BOS); Hartford, CT (BDL); Newburgh, NY (SWF); New York – Kennedy, NY (JFK); New York – LaGuardia, NY (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Providence, RI (PVD); Washington D.C. – Reagan (DCA); Washington D.C. – Dulles (IAD); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • Ticket must be reissued by: January 12
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than: January 12
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond January 12, 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

SAN FRANSISCO

  • Travel date: January 8
  • Airports covered: San Francisco (SFO)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before January 12, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.

NORTHEAST​​

  • Travel date: January 8
  • 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 January 12, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.

Southwest

  • Travel date: January 8
  • Airports covered: Baltimore (BWI); Boston (BOS); Hartford – Bradley (BDL); Islip – Long Island (ISP); New York – LaGuardia (LGA); Newark (EWR); Philadelphia (PHL); Providence (PVD); Washington – Dulles (IAD); Washington – Reagan National (DCA)
  • Customers who are holding reservations on Monday, January 8, 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.

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  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
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