Thursday Briefing: Winter Storm Disrupts Flights in Northeast

Blizzard on the Road
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It's a messy travel situation across the northeastern United States today due to a major snowstorm snarling flights out of New York City, Boston and Philadelphia

According to stats cited by NBC News, more than 2,700 flights have been canceled as the storm brings whiteout conditions and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour up and down the East Coast. Over the course of today Boston could get up to 18 inches of snowfall and New York could get up to 15 inches, although up to a foot of snow in each city is most likely. Philadelphia could get up to six inches of snow. 

Airlines are issuing travel waivers for travelers impacted by the storm. On United Airlines, guests scheduled to depart through February 10 can get their change fee and difference in fare waived on new flights departing through February 12 in the same cabin category and between the same city pair. 

Delta is offering a refund to travelers who wish to cancel their trip if their flight is canceled or delayed by 90 minutes or more. Travelers can also make a one-time change to their ticket without fee for travel involving affected cities. The offer applies to travel scheduled through February 10, and the ticket must be reissued on or before February 12 for travel to begin no later than February 12. 

American Airlines is also offering a change fee waiver for travelers who bought their ticket by February 7 for travel through February 10 and can travel through February 13. Travelers must travel between the same origin and destination city and rebook in the same cabin or pay the difference. 

Customers on Southwest Airlines can change their travel plans by rebooking in the original class of service or traveling standby within 14 days of the original travel date and between the original city pair without an additional charge. 

JetBlue is waiving change and cancellation fees, as well as fare differences, for customers traveling through impacted cities through February 10. Rebooked travel must take place through February 16, and the original travel must have been booked on or before February 7. A travel agent waiver code is available here

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