Airlines Hit by Bad Winter Weather Offer Passengers Fee Waivers

Snow, freezing temperatures and extremely strong winds across the Midwest and Northeast are beginning to take a toll on major U.S. airports and airlines (see list with links to travel advisories, below).

What to Do when Bad Weather Cancels/Delays Flights

Airports Showing ‘Excessive’ Delays

A quick check of FlightStats Friday morning shows excessive or significant delays out of Chicago, Cleveland, New York’s LaGuardia and Newark with more airports expected to report delayed or canceled flights as the snowstorm continues its westward course.

The good news is, some airlines are trying to make your life (and flight) easier.

Airlines Waive Expensive Change Fees

Already several airlines have taken proactive measures by allowing flyers to change flights now to avoid getting delays or getting stuck in airports by waiving their sometimes expensive ‘change fees’ (up to $150), so flyers can reschedule flights without penalty (note: a number of the larger airlines are also dropping change fees on bookings to Nigeria due to civil unrest there).

Avoid Surprises: See the U.S. Airline Fee Chart

The most important thing travelers can do in such situations is stay in touch with their carrier. If you’re heading into this severe weather, you might want to change your plans before the airline changes them for you.

List of Airlines and Current Travel Advisories

Click on the names of the airlines below for direct links to current travel advisories, and remember – advisories can be updated often.:


Published: January 13, 2012