Nearly 5,000 Flights Canceled Because of Toby: Evening Weather Update

Mar 21, 2018

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Winter Storm Toby has brought that other Toby from The Office a lot of blame today. If the weather is driving you mad as a hatter, you’re not alone. The fourth nor’easter in about three weeks resulted in a whopping 4,914 canceled flights as of this evening, March 21.

For canceled flights by airline, American has canceled 572 flights; Southwest 509; United 508; Republic 478; and JetBlue 414. In addition, most international airlines have preemptively canceled flights bound for the northeast region in order to avoid diversions similar to those in January, when an A380 landed at Newburgh (SWF).

All major US airlines have travel waivers in place for travelers with flexible plans — some are separated into two different waivers. 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 7:30pm Wednesday, here are the travel waivers covering this storm:

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 March 28
  • 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 20-21
  • Airports affected: Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE); Baltimore, Maryland (BWI); 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); Providence, Rhode Island (PVD); Stewart Newburgh, New York (SWF); Washington Dulles, Washington DC (IAD); Washington Reagan, Washington DC (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 20-27
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.

Delta

  • Travel dates: March 20-21
  • Airports covered: Allentown, PA (ABE); Baltimore, MD (BWI); Boston, MA (BOS);  Harrisburg, PA (MDT); Hartford, CT (BDL); Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT); New York – Kennedy, NY (JFK); New York – LaGuardia, NY (LGA); Newark, NJ (EWR); Newburgh, NY (SWF); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Providence, RI (PVD); Scranton, PA (AVP); 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.

Frontier

  • Travel dates: March 20-21
  • Airports covered: New York LaGuardia (LGA); New York Islip (ISP); Philadelphia (PHL); Providence (PVD); Trenton (TTN); Washington National (DCA); Washington Dulles (IAD)
  • Must have bought your ticket by March 19
  • Rebook travel anytime through March 30
  • Origin and destination cities may be changed. Customers whose flights are cancelled may request a refund. Online Refund Form.

JetBlue

  • Mid-Atlantic
    • Travel dates: March 20-21
    • Airports covered: Baltimore, MD (BWI); Pittsburgh, PA (PIT); Washington, DC (DCA); Washington, DC (IAD)
    • Must have bought your ticket by March 19
    • Rebook travel anytime through March 19-23
    • 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.
  • Northeast/New England
    • 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.

Southwest

  • Mid-Atlantic
    • Travel dates: March 20-21
    • Airports covered: Baltimore (BWI); Philadelphia (PHL); Pittsburgh (PIT); Washington – Dulles (IAD); Washington – National (DCA)
    • 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.
  • Northeast/New England
    • Travel dates: March 21-22
    • Airports covered: Boston (BOS); Hartford (BDL); Islip (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.

Spirit

  • Mid-Atlantic/Northeast
    • Travel dates: March 20-21
    • Airports covered: Atlantic City, NJ (ACY); Baltimore, MD (BWI); Newark, NJ (EWR); New York, NY (LGA); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)
    • Modification charge/fare difference waived through March 24. After this date, the modification charge is waived, by a fare difference may apply.
  • New England
    • Travel dates: March 21
    • Airports covered: Boston, MA (BOS); Hartford, CT (BDL)
    • Modification charge/fare difference waived through March 24. After this date, the modification charge is waived, by a fare difference may apply.

United

  • Travel dates: March 20-21
  • Airports covered: Baltimore, MD (BWI); Boston, MA (BOS); Harrisburg, PA (MDT); Hartford, CT (BDL); Manchester, NH (MHT); New York/Newark, NJ (EWR); New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK); New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA); 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 24, 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 March 28, 2018.  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, 2018.
  • 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.

No waivers at this time from: Hawaiian Airlines.

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