United Offers ORD Weather Waivers in Anticipation of Icy Storms

Feb 18, 2019

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“Winter is here,” as Game of Thrones loves to remind us. “Let it go,” Elsa from Frozen sang. Unfortunately for people who live in the real world, forecasts suggest that a cold snap is going to affect more than 200 million Americans in 39 states this week, beginning Tuesday.

More than 60% of the US population will experience snow, frozen rain, ice or some other form of wintry weather as a large storm rolls through the Eastern Seaboard, dumping frigid temps and frozen moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic across the Northeast and Midwest.

Chicago O’Hare (ORD), the world’s worst airport for weather-related delays and cancellations is likely to get hit particularly hard this week, including a full day’s worth of wintry blasts forecast for Wednesday. There have already been 618 total delays in and out of O’Hare as of 2pm ET Monday, with 134 canceled flights. That number is likely to rise in days to come.

In anticipation of delays out of its Chicago hub, United tweeted a weather update and waiver announcement, sneaking in a bit of understandable exasperation.


Midwest Winter Weather

  • Travel date: Feb. 18
  • Airports covered: Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before Feb. 20, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

Thus far, no other airlines have offered waivers for this impending storms, but stay tuned for further updates as the week progresses.

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