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More than 220 million people throughout the contiguous United States will see snow, ice or some other form of wintry weather this week as massive Winter Storm Petra blankets the country. Las Vegas is seeing snow for the first time in a decade, while Flagstaff, Arizona, has been covered in 14 inches of snow — and counting. Eastern Arkansas has already seen six inches of rain, and the National Weather Service predicts that another six to eight inches could fall in the next few days.

Image courtesy of The Weather Channel

The world’s worst airport for weather-related delays and cancellations has already seen a slew of snarled flights this week, with United being the first airline to issue weather waivers on Monday in anticipation of the blizzard conditions. JetBlue joins the ranks today, and more airlines likely will follow suit. This post will be updated to reflect new waivers as the storm progresses.

United

Mid-Atlantic Winter Weather

  • Original travel date: Feb. 20
  • Impacted airports:
    • Allentown, PA (ABE)​
    • Baltimore, MD (BWI)​
    • Charlottesville, VA (CHO)​
    • Harrisburg, PA (MDT)​
    • Norfolk, VA (ORF)​
    • Philadelphia, PA (PHL)​
    • Richmond, VA (RIC)​
    • Roanoke, VA (ROA)​
    • Shenandoah Valley, VA (SHD)​
    • State College, PA (SCE)​
    • 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 Feb. 22, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

Great Plains Winter Weather

  • Original travel date: Feb. 20
  • Impacted airports:
    • Des Moines, IA (DSM)​
    • Hays, KS (HYS)​
    • Kansas City, MO (MCI)​
    • Lincoln, NE (LNK)​
    • North Platte, NE (LBF)​
    • Oklahoma City, OK (OKC)​
    • Omaha, NE (OMA)​
    • Salina, KS (SLN)​
    • Tulsa, OK (TUL)​
    • Wichita, KS (ICT)​
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before Feb. 22, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

New York City Winter Weather

  • Original travel date: Feb. 20
  • Impacted airports:
  • New York/Newark, NJ (EWR)
  • New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK)
  • New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA)
  • White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before Feb. 22, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

Southwest

Midwest Winter Weather

Based on the forecasted wintry weather conditions, our scheduled service to the cities listed below may be disrupted (flights may be delayed, diverted, and/or cancelled) on the following dates:

  • Original travel date: Feb. 20
  • Affected airports:
      • Des Moines, IA (DSM)
      • Kansas City, MO (MCI)
      • Omaha, NE (OMA)
      • Chicago Midway, IL (MDW)
      • Cincinnati, OH (CVG)
      • Cleveland, OH (CLE)
      • Columbus, OH (CMH)
      • Detroit, MI (DTW)
      • Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)
      • Indianapolis, IN (IND)
      • Milwaukee, WI (MKE)
      • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP)

Customers who are holding reservations to/from/through the cities listed above on the corresponding dates, 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 our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

Customers who purchased their itinerary via Southwest.com or our mobile app are eligible to reschedule their travel plans online or from their mobile device.

Customers who did not purchase a ticket via Southwest.com can call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a Customer Representative.

Customers in the U.S. scheduled to travel internationally must call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a Customer Representative for assistance with rebooking.

If you are calling Southwest Airlines from one of our international cities, please reach us at:

Aruba: 011-297-588-2900

Bahamas: 1-855-202-3403 (English)

Bahamas: 1-855-202-3402 (Spanish)

Belize: 0-800-007-8684

Costa Rica: 0800-012-1916

Dominican Republic: 1-800-751-9039 (English)

Dominican Republic: 1-800-751-9038 (Spanish)

Grand Cayman: 1-844-670-7914 (English)

Grand Cayman: 1-844-670-7990 (Spanish)

Jamaica: 1-800-425-8130 (English)

Jamaica: 1-800-425-8089 (Spanish)

Mexico: 01-800-083-1179 (English)

Mexico: 01-800-083-1178 (Spanish)

Additionally, Customers holding reservations for a flight that is cancelled may request a refund for an unused ticket/travel itinerary.

For specific flight information, please check flight status information.

JetBlue

Due to inclement weather forecasted from Winter Storm Petra, JetBlue will waive change/cancel fees and fare differences for customers traveling Wednesday, February 20, 2019, to/from the following cities:

  • Baltimore, MD (BWI)​
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP)
  • Philadelphia, PA (PHL)​
  • Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)
  • Richmond, VA (RIC)
  • Washington, DC (DCA)​
  • Westchester County, NY (HPN)
  • Newburgh, NY (SWF)
  • New York, NY (JFK)
  • New York, NY (LGA)
  • Newark, NJ (EWR)
  • All customers traveling to/from the airports listed above are encouraged to check the status of their flight online prior to leaving for the airport. Customers with web-enabled mobile devices may check the status of their flight at mobile.jetblue.com.

    Customers may rebook their flights for travel through Saturday, February 23, 2019, online in the ‘Manage Flights’ section of jetblue.com or by calling 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) prior to the departure time of their originally scheduled flight. Customers with cancelled flights may also opt for a refund to the original form of payment. Original travel must have been booked on or before Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Frontier Airlines

With the expected impact to travel conditions from a winter storm moving through the northern regions of the United States, Frontier has enacted the following guidelines aimed at assisting customers scheduled to travel on Wednesday, February 20, 2019to/from/through the following cities:

  • Bloomington, IL (BMI)
  • Buffalo, NY (BUF)
  • Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)
  • Chicago, IL (ORD)
  • Cincinnati, OH (CVG)
  • Cleveland, OH (CLE)
  • Columbus, OH (CMH)
  • Des Moines, IA (DSM)
  • Detroit, MI (DTW)
  • Fargo, ND (FAR)
  • Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)
  • Harrisburg, PA (MDT)
  • Indianapolis, IN (IND)
  • Islip, NY (ISP)
  • Madison, WI (MSN)
  • Milwaukee, WI (MKE)
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (MSP)
  • New York, NY – LaGuardia (LGA)
  • Omaha, NE (OMA)
  • Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)
  • Trenton, NJ (TTN)
  • Washington, DC – Dulles (IAD)
  • Washington, DC – National (DCA)

Customers who are ticketed to travel on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, who purchased tickets on or before Tuesday, February 19, 2019, may make one itinerary change – rules/restrictions regarding standard change fees, advance purchase, day or time applications, blackouts, and minimum or maximum stay requirements will be waived.

Travel must be completed no later than Friday, March 8, 2019. Origin and destination cities may be changed. Customers whose flights are cancelled may request a refund.

Delta

Due to the anticipated impact of winter weather to the Northeast Region, travel to/from/through the destination(s) listed below may be impacted. Check flight status frequently for up-to-the-minute information about your flight plans, or get updates sent directly to your mobile device or by email with One-Time Flight Notification.

  • Ticket must be issued on or before Feb. 20
  • Impacted airports:
    • Baltimore, MD (BWI)
    • New York — Kennedy (JFK)
    • New York — La Guardia (LGA)
    • Newark, NJ (EWR)
    • Newburgh, NY (SWF)
    • Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
    • Washington DC — Dulles (IAD)
    • Washington DC — Reagan (DCA)
    • White Plains, NY (HPN)
  • Change fee and fare differences will be waived for Delta flights on or before February 23.

Rescheduling Flights

To provide you with flexibility for your travel plans, we’re offering you the following options to choose what best fits your travel needs.

  1. Remain on your current flight.
    • We recommend you continue to monitor your flight status for the most up-to-date information using My Trips on delta.com or on the Fly Delta app.
    • Please note your current flight reservation will remain if you choose not to make any changes.
  2. Change to a different flight.
    • If you select this option, you may make a one-time change and we will waive any applicable change fee.*
    • To change your flight, visit My Trips on delta.com and click on “Modify Flight”.
    • Choose “Start Flight Change” and select which flight you would like to change to search for a new flight.
    • The change fee will display initially, however, once you select your new itinerary the change fee will be waived prior to checkout.
    • Note, if changes are made to the originally ticketed cities or rescheduled travel occurs beyond the guidelines, the change fee will be waived, however, a difference in fare may apply.*
  3. You may choose to cancel your trip, and use the value towards a future flight.
    • You may cancel your flight and apply any unused value of the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket for a period of one year from the original issue date.
    • Applicable change fee and fare difference will apply for new travel dates and will be collected at the time of booking the new ticket.
    • To cancel your flight, visit My Trips on delta.com and click on “Modify Flight” then choose “Start Flight Cancelation”.

In the event your selected flight is canceled by Delta, we will contact you with additional information.

*When rescheduled travel occurs beyond February 23, 2019, 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.

American Airlines

Winter Storm Petra – Northeastern U.S.

If you’re traveling to / through / from:

  • Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE)
  • Baltimore, Maryland (BWI)
  • Islip, New York (ISP)
  • New York Kennedy, New York (JFK)
  • New York LaGuardia, New York (LGA)
  • Newark, New Jersey (EWR)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL)
  • Stewart Newburgh, New York (SWF)
  • Washington Dulles, Washington D.C. (IAD)
  • Washington Reagan, Washington D.C. (DCA)
  • White Plains / Westchester County, New York (HPN)

Your change fee may be waived if you:

  • Are traveling on an American Airlines flight
  • Bought your ticket by February 19, 2019
  • Are scheduled to travel February 20, 2019
  • Can travel February 19 – 23, 2019
  • Don’t change your origin or destination city
  • Rebook in the same cabin or pay the difference

Protect Your Travels

Alongside of every winter waiver post, we here at TPG always remind you to book flights with a credit card that provides trip delay expense reimbursement from weather-related delays and cancellations. JT Genter always shares about how the Citi Prestige trip delay benefit reimbursed $1,000 of his trip delay expenses. Other cards with solid trip protection include the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred CardCiti / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard and the Citi Premier Card.

UPDATE: This post was updated with American Airlines, Southwest and Delta weather waivers at 5 pm on Feb. 19, 2019.

Featured image by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.

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