More Than 16,000 Flights Canceled This March: Evening Weather Update

Mar 22, 2018

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Yesterday, March 21, was the worst day for flight cancellations thus far in 2018, with the final tally peaking at a whopping 5,058 flights by midnight. The month of March in general has set records in the wrong direction: CNBC reports that more than 16,000 flights have been canceled since the first of the month.

Fortunately, the weather finally seems to be catching up to the fact that it’s technically spring. “Only” 2,028 flights have been canceled as of 7:00pm ET today, with a far, far lower number preemptively canceled for tomorrow. Hopefully, this means the spring season will finally start acting like it.

In case you’re one of the thousands of travelers still in transit (who didn’t earn a $10,000 airline voucher today), we’ve got you covered with the applicable travel waivers for today and tomorrow:

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Alaska Airlines

  • Travel dates: March 20-22
  • Airports affected: Baltimore (BWI); Boston (BOS); New York — Kennedy (JFK); New York — LaGuardia (LGA); Newark (EWR); Philadelphia (PHL); Washington, DC — Reagan (DCA); Washington, DC — Dulles (IAD)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by March 19
  • Rebooked travel must be completed by April 1
  • You may request a refund if you choose not to travel at all. Tickets must be exchanged or refunded on or before March 22. Rebook your flight or apply for a refund online.

American Airlines

  • Travel dates: March 20-22
  • Airports affected: Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE); Baltimore, Maryland (BWI); Bangor, Maine (BGR); Boston, Massachusetts (BOS); Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (MDT); 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); Stewart Newburgh, New York (SWF); Washington Dulles, Washington D.C. (IAD); Washington Reagan, Washington D.C. (DCA); White Plains / Westchester County, New York (HPN); Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, Pennsylvania (AVP)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by March 18
  • Rebook travel anytime between March 18-26
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.


  • Travel dates: March 21-22
  • Airports covered: Allentown, PA (ABE); Baltimore, MD (BWI); Boston, MA (BOS); Harrisburg, PA (MDT); Hartford, CT (BDL); Manchester, NH (MHT); New York — Kennedy, NY (JFK); New York — LaGuardia, NY (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Providence, RI (PVD); Scranton, PA (AVP); Stewart, NY (SWF); Washington Reagan, DC (DCA); Washington Dulles, DC (IAD); White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • Ticket must be reissued by March 26
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than March 26
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond March 26, 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. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity.


No active waivers. Flights cancelled Thursday include:

  • Flight 1779 New York Islip — Orlando
  • Flight 1791 New York Islip — Fort Myers
  • Flight 1779 New York Islip — Orlando
  • Flight 1791 New York Islip — Fort Myers
  • Flight 993 Providence — Tampa
  • Flight 1035 Philadelphia — West Palm Beach
  • Flight 1034 West Palm Beach — Philadelphia
  • Customers whose flights are cancelled may request a refund. Online Refund Form.

Hawaiian Airlines

  • Travel dates: March 20-23
  • Airport covered: John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York (JFK)
  • Ticket was issued on/before March 20
  • Changes must be made and reticketed for new flights no later than March 28
  • No change in origin and destination allowed
  • For changes made to new flights after March 28, the change fee will be waived but applicable difference in fare will be collected.


  • Travel dates: March 21-22
  • Airports covered: Boston, MA (BOS); Hartford, CT (BDL); New York, NY (JFK); New York, NY (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Newburgh, NY (SWF); Portland, ME (PWM); Providence, RI (PVD); White Plains, NY (HPN); Worcester, MA (ORH)
  • Must have bought your ticket by March 19
  • Rebook travel anytime through March 19-24
  • To rebook travel or request a refund online, click here. If you are already checked in for your flight, call JetBlue at 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) for assistance with rebooking or a credit.


  • Travel dates: March 22
  • Airports covered: Baltimore (BWI); Philadelphia (PHL); Washington — Dulles (IAD); Washington — National (DCA); Boston (BOS); Hartford — Bradley (BDL); Islip — Long Island (ISP); Manchester (MHT); New York — LaGuardia (LGA); Newark (EWR); Portland (PWM); Providence (PVD)
  • Customers who are holding reservations on these dates, 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.


  • Travel dates: March 20-22
  • Airports covered: Baltimore, MD (BWI)​; Boston, MA (BOS)​; Harrisburg, PA (MDT)​; Hartford, CT (BDL)​; Manchester, NH (MHT)​; New York, NY (LGA); New York, NY (JFK); New York/Newark, NJ (EWR)​; Philadelphia, PA (PHL)​; Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)​; Portland, ME (PWM)​; Providence, RI (PVD)​; Washington, DC — Dulles (IAD)​; Washington-National, DC (DCA)​; Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA (AVP)​
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before March 26, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

Virgin America

  • Travel dates: March 20-22
  • Airport covered: Baltimore (BWI); Boston (BOS); New York — Kennedy (JFK); New York — LaGuardia (LGA); Newark (EWR); Philadelphia (PHL); Washington, DC — Reagan (DCA); Washington, DC — Dulles (IAD)
  • Tickets must have been purchased by: March 19
  • [Virgin] will waive the change fees and the difference in the price of the ticket if the new travel is booked to or from the affected cities in the same cabin and completed on or before April 1. Additional taxes and fees may apply. You may request a refund if you choose not to travel at all. Tickets must be exchanged or refunded on or before March 22.
  • To modify an existing reservation during this period, you may contact [Virgin America’s] Call Center at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN* (877.359.8474) for assistance. Or manage your reservation online: Change your flight. Cancel or refund your flight.

Spirit waivers expired March 21.

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