Storm Update: What to Do about Flight Delays, Cancellations

The third bad snow storm in as many weeks has slammed the Northeast. This can (and often does) have a ripple-effect on flights across the country.

Storm Update: Delays, Cancellations

Biggest delays this Monday are in the greater New York area as well as Albany, Boston and Chicago O’Hare. FlightStats also reports moderate delays as far west as San Francisco and Los Angeles.

If you’re stuck in the storm, check out What to Do When Bad Weather Delays or Cancels Flights. Consider bookmarking this article, because as veteran travelers know oh-so-well, spring and summer weather can mean even worse delays.

The good news is, airlines have gotten proactive about cancelling flights in advance of bad weather (and waiving change fees). As travel analyst and FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney points out, dealing with such storms is easier than it used to be. “Today, airlines have paid forecasters in their employ,” said Seaney, “and sophisticated scheduling software for moving planes and personnel plus faster airline-passenger communication via email and texts. Storms are still headaches, yes, but it’s not as bad as it used to be.”

Seaney’s #1 tip for delayed/cancelled plane travel: Contact your airline immediately. More of his tips here.


Updated: February 9, 2015