Another Winter Storm to Disrupt Chicago Flights

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Another winter storm is set to hit the Midwest Thursday and Friday, and it could bring flight disruptions to Chicago’s busy O’Hare and Midway airports. A number of airlines have issued travel waivers in response to the situation.

While Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway are currently reporting average delays of less than 15 minutes, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Thursday evening into Friday. A band of snow is expected to spread into an area ranging from eastern Iowa to far northwestern Illinois by late this afternoon, becoming heavy at times overnight. Periods of snow could continue through the day on Friday, with the heaviest precipitation expected to occur along and north of a line extending from Iowa City to Davenport and Princeton, Illinois. The snow is expected to taper off from west to east by late Friday afternoon, with total accumulation forecast at four to eight inches, the National Weather Service said.

Travel Waivers

Customers on American Airlines scheduled to fly through Chicago O’Hare February 8 – 9 can rebook through February 11 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).

Delta has issued a waiver for customers set to fly February 9 through affected airports in the Midwest. Rebooked travel must begin no later than February 12 with the ticket to be reissued on or before that date.

United Airlines has issued waivers for both Chicago O’Hare and airports in the Great Lakes region, for customers scheduled to travel February 8 – 10. The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before February 13, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same city pair.

Customers flying Southwest Airlines February 8-9 can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city pair.

JetBlue has issued a waiver for customers flying February 9 through affected airports who rebook through February 12.

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