New Northeast Storm Prompts More Airline Fee Waivers

UPDATE Tuesday, Nov. 6 – from Reuters: “United Airlines will suspend most service to and from New York area between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday due to winter storm.” [See more airline updates below]

Earlier:

Hot on the heels of last week’s hurricane comes what some forecasters are describing as a classic Nor’easter storm heading toward some of the previously Sandy-ravaged areas.

Hurricane Sandy and Airport Impacts

JetBlue, Other Airlines Waive Fees

JetBlue appears to be taking the lead in assisting passengers with this latest potential travel mess – it is now offering to waive change/cancelation fees on flights to/from several airports stretching along the eastern seaboard from as far south as Richmond, Va. to as far north as Burlington, Vermont, plus all metro-New York City airports and a couple of upstate New York airports. New fee waivers cover flights booked on or before today (Nov. 5) for travel now through Nov. 8.

UPDATE Nov. 7: In the past couple of days, several other airlines have decide to offer fee waivers in advance of the new stormAmerican, Delta, Frontier, United and US Airways (click on the airline name for its specific storm policy). Other airlines may follow this trend so keep an eye on the weather and stay in touch with your airline.

Steps to Take for Canceled Flights

Early Nor’easter Forecast

According to Weather.com, the impact of this latest weather system could be felt starting Tuesday and while it is by no means expected to have anywhere near the impact of Sandy, it could bring “high winds, some coastal flooding, soaking rain, and even interior snow.”

If Your Flight is Canceled, Delayed

Once again, travelers are reminded to stay in touch with their airlines, and if they haven’t already done so, sign up for their carrier’s alerts. If a flight is a canceled, being first in line to get another flight is key, literally or virtually – at the airport, on the phone, or via Twitter.

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Published: November 5, 2012