I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a bit squirrelly over here on the East Coast wondering about my flight home tomorrow to the Good Land (yes, Milwaukee, Wayne’s World fans, and no, I’ve never heard that one before), in light of the harbingers of doom at various weather services. One bright spot — many of the major airlines are already announcing relaxed change-fee policies for fliers inconvenienced by the coming bad weather.
Delta Air Lines: Delta will give passengers a one-time ticket change with no fee for any traveling to and from New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Baltimore and other airports in the East around the Thanksgiving holiday, even if your flight isn’t delayed or canceled. If it is canceled or “significantly delayed,” travelers will be entitled to refunds.
American Airlines: Travelers can change flights with no fee if they’re ticketed to, from or through many airporst in the East (check the site for the list) on Nov. 27, as long as your ticket was issued no later than Nov. 26.
US Airways: American’s soon-to-be bride will also waive change fees for one ticket for flights leading up to Thanksgiving, as long as the airports and fares remain the same on your ticket. You might have to pay extra if there’s a difference in fares or you choose another airport. Again, check the site for a list of affected airports.
United: United will waive fees for certain passengers traveling to or from Cleveland, Washington-Dulles or Newark N.J., including the airports in those areas.
JetBlue: Guess what? JetBlue is also tossing aside change fees for customers hit by weather. Anyone scheduled to fly to or from Dallas/Fort Worth on Nov. 24 or 25 won’t have to pay change fees after an ice storm hit the area. For Northeast customers, JetBlue will waive change/cancel fees and fare differences for customers traveling on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Check their site for affected cities.
As always, check in with your carrier before you head to the airport for any cancellations or delays.