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Yes, it may be April 13, but that isn’t stopping Mother Nature from inflicting parts of the upper Midwest with a severe winter storm. In parts of the northern and central Plains, blizzard warnings have been issued, with some areas potentially picking up more than a foot of snow.

Winter Storm Xanto will make its presence known with blizzard conditions and potentially some ice. In a tweet, the National Weather Service Twin Cities said: “This may be an historic storm if the current forecast pans out,” with the city expecting 8-15 inches of snow and freezing rain.

From Friday through Sunday the region is expected to face the brunt of the storm before reaching the Northeast by early next week. In light of this late winter storm, airlines have taken to issuing waivers extending through much of the region.

Remember, 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 will 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 ($500 per ticket for 12+ hour or overnight delay).

As of 9:00am ET Friday, here are the travel waivers covering this storm:

American Airlines

  • Travel date: April 13-15
  • Airports affected: Appleton, Wisconsin (ATW); Chicago, Illinois (ORD); Flint, Michigan (FNT); Grand Rapids, Michigan (GRR); Green Bay, Wisconsin (GRB); Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Michigan (AZO); La Crosse, Wisconsin (LSE); Lansing, Michigan (LAN); Madison, Wisconsin (MSN); Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MKE); Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (MSP); Omaha, Nebraska (OMA); Rapid City, South Dakota (RAP); Rochester, Minnesota (RST); Sioux Falls, South Dakota (FSD); Traverse City, Michigan (TVC); Wausau, Wisconsin (CWA)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by April 12
  • Rebook travel anytime between April 12-18
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.
  • Avoid the phone queue. Changes available on both AA’s website and in the AA app.


  • Travel dates: April 13-14
  • Airports covered: Aberdeen, SD (ABR); Escanaba, MI (ESC); Iron Mountain, MI (IMT); Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP); Pellston, MI (PLN); Rapid City, SD (RAP); Rhinelander, WI (RHI); Wausau, WI (CWA)
  • Ticket must be reissued on or before: April 17
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than: April 17
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond April 17, 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.


  • Travel dates: April 14-15
  • Airports covered: Minneapolis, MN (MSP); Milwaukee, WI (MKE); Madison, WI (MSN); Sioux Falls, SD (FSD); Omaha, NE (OMA); Bismarck, ND (BIS)
  • Must have purchased ticket by April 12
  • Rebooked travel must be completed no later than: April 30
  • Customers who are ticketed to travel on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 who purchased tickets on or before Thursday, April 12 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 date: April 13-15
  • Airports covered: Chicago (MDW); Flint (FNT); Grand Rapids (GRR); Milwaukee (MKE); Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP); Omaha (OMA)
  • Customers who are holding reservations for April 13-15 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 date: April 13-15
  • Airports covered: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP)
  • Modification charge/fare difference waived through: April 18
  • After this date the modification charge is waived, but a fare difference may apply.


Upper Midwest

  • Travel date: April 14-15
  • Airports covered: Appleton, WI (ATW); Duluth, MN (DLH); Eau Claire, WI (EAU); Green Bay, WI (GRB); Hancock, MI (CMX); Madison, WI (MSN); Milwaukee, WI (MKE); Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP); Rochester, MN (RST); Saginaw, MI (MBS); Traverse City, MI (TVC); Wausau, WI (CWA)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before April 18, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​


  • Travel date: April 13-15
  • Airports covered: Chicago-O’Hare, IL (ORD)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before April 18, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

Northern Plains

  • Travel date: April 13-14
  • Airports covered: Gillette, WY (GCC); North Platte, NE (LBF); Rapid City, SD (RAP); Scottsbluff, NE (BFF); Sioux Falls, SD (FSD)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before April 17, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

No waivers (yet) from: Alaska, JetBlue, Virgin America.

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