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Airlines Issue Travel Waivers for Northeast, Mid-Atlantic Ahead of Winter Storm

March 03, 2019
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Though Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow and therefore, predicted an early start to spring, it appears that this is not the case for much of the United States. Yet another winter storm is set to take aim at part of the Mid-Atlantic and most of the Northeastern United States. With up to a foot of snow expected in some parts of the Northeast, airlines have already issued travel waivers for cities expected to receive the brunt of the storm.

Winter Storm Scott, as some media outlets are calling it, is expected to bring snow and sleet to much of the Northeast starting early Monday morning. While the winter weather isn't expected to stick around for long, major travel disruptions are expected throughout impacted areas. New York, Philadelphia and Boston are among the list of cities that are predicted to receive accumulating winter precipitation. Boston could receive up to a foot of snow by Monday evening while New York and Philadelphia can expect anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow.

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This is bad news for travelers taking to the skies (and the roads) at the start of the week. Major airports that could be impacted by the winter storm include New York City's three airports (JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark), Philadelphia (PHL), and Boston-Logan (BOS). Smaller airports in surrounding areas should also expect travel disruptions Monday and possibly into Tuesday. In preparation for the inevitable weather-related flight disruptions, airlines have issued the following travel waivers.

American Airlines

CitiesDates ImpactedMust Travel ByWaiver
  • Boston, Massachusetts (BOS)
  • 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)
  • Providence, Rhode Island (PVD)
  • White Plains / Westchester County, New York (HPN)
  • Worcester, Massachusetts (ORH)
  • Are scheduled to travel March 3 - 4, 2019
  • March 3-8, 2019
  •  Ticket must be purchased by March 2, 2019
  • Origin and destination cities must remain the same
  • Changes can only be made within the same cabin or passenger pays fare difference

Delta Air Lines

CitiesDates ImpactedMust Travel ByWaiver
  • Boston, MA (BOS)
  • New York City (EWR, JFK, LGA)
  • New York City Metro (HPN, SWF)
  • Boston: March 2-4, 2019
  • New York Area: March 3-4, 2019
  • March 8, 2019
  • Ticket must be issued by March 8, 2019
  • Origin and destination cities must remain the same
  • Changes can only be made within the same cabin or passenger pays fare difference
  • Cancellations allowed but refund only applicable towards future travel

JetBlue

CitiesDates ImpactedMust Travel ByWaiver
  • Boston, MA (BOS)
  • Hartford, CT (BDL)
  • New York, NY (JFK)
  • New York, NY (LGA)
  • Newark, NJ (EWR)
  • Newburgh, NY (SWF)
  • Providence, RI (PVD)
  • Westchester County, NY (HPN)
  • Worcester, MA (ORH)
  • March 3-4, 2019
  • March 7, 2019
  • Ticket must be issued by March 3, 2019
  • Origin and destination cities must remain the same
  • Contact JetBlue for full terms

Southwest

CitiesDates ImpactedMust Travel ByWaiver
  • Albany, NY (ALB)
  • Baltimore, MD (BWI)
  • Boston, MA (BOS)
  • Buffalo, NY (BUF)
  • Cleveland, OH (CLE)
  • Columbus, OH (CMH)
  • Hartford, CT (BDL)
  • Long Island, NY (ISP)
  • Manchester, NH (MHT)
  • New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA)
  • Newark, NJ (EWR)
  • Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)
  • Portland, ME (PWM)
  • Providence, RI (PVD)
  • Rochester, NY (ROC)
  • Washington Dulles, VA (IAD)
  • Washington Reagan National, DC (DCA)
  • March 2-3, 2019
  • Within 14 days of scheduled departure
  •  Passengers may stand-by for Southwest flights between the original departure and arrival cities for no cost regardless of class booked

United

CitiesDates ImpactedMust Travel ByWaiver
New York Waiver

  • New York/Newark, NJ (EWR)
  • New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK)
  • New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA)
  • White Plains, NY (HPN)

Northeast Waiver:

  • Boston, MA (BOS)
  • Hartford, CT (BDL)
  • Manchester, NH (MHT)
  • Providence, RI (PVD)
New York Waiver:

  • March 3, 2019

Northeast Waiver:

  • March 2-4, 2019
New York Waiver:

  • March 6, 2019

Northeast Waiver:

  • March 8, 2019
  • Change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights
  • Travel must be in the same cabin originally booked
  • Departure and arrival cities must remain the same

Air Canada

CitiesDates ImpactedMust Travel ByWaiver
  • March 3-4, 2019
  • Contact Air Canada
  • Contact Air Canada for more information

As always, we recommend that you check with your airline directly prior to heading to the airport. Changes can be made via phone and within some airline mobile apps allowing passengers to avoid a trip to the airport

The Points Guy also recommends carrying a credit card with trip insurance. Cards with solid trip protection include the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

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