National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Prepare now to avoid airport hassle later.

Jess McHugh
January 03, 2018

A severe winter storm is set to hit the East Coast, pummeling the region from Georgia to Maine.

Forecasters have dubbed the storm a “bomb cyclone,” as falling low pressure will create conditions similar to a hurricane. The storm comes as much as the U.S. has been experiencing an extreme cold snap, pushing temperatures 20-30 degrees below average.

From Florida to South Carolina, residents can expect a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow, according to the National Weather Service. The northeast will experience bitter cold, along with a probability of at least 4 inches of snow in much of New England.

Airlines across 50 airports have already begun to issue waivers ahead of the storm. With weather-related cancelations and delays, airlines are usually not required to pay for accommodation or meals, making it a good idea to rebook sooner rather than later.

National Weather Service

Here's what you need to know for the top U.S. domestic airlines.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines travel waivers are available to passengers flying in or out of the Northeast (New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey) on January 4-5. Travel must be rebooked for no later than January 10.

American Airlines

American Airlines travel waivers are available to passengers flying to or from the northeastern or mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. Waivers are available to travelers who booked their flight before January 2, are scheduled to fly January 4-5, and can rebook for January 2-8.

Delta

Delta travel waivers are available to passengers flying to or from the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, or southeastern regions of the U.S. Waivers are available to travelers flying January 3-5 depending on the region, and travel must be rebooked by January 7.

Frontier

Frontier travel waivers are available to passengers flying in or out of the Northeast (New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and New Jersey) on January 3-4. Travel must be rebooked for no later than January 24.

JetBlue

JetBlue will waive change and service fees for passengers flying in or out of the following airports for passengers flying out of the Southeast January 3 or flying out of the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic January 4. Flights Must be rebooked for travel by Janaury 10.

  • Charleston, SC (CHS)
  • Savannah, GA (SAV)
  • Albany, NY (ALB)
  • Boston, MA (BOS)
  • Buffalo, NY (BUF)
  • Hartford, CT (BDL)
  • New York, NY (JFK)
  • New York, NY (LGA)
  • Newark, NJ (EWR)
  • Newburgh, NY (SWF)
  • Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
  • Providence, RI (PVD)
  • Rochester, NY (ROC)
  • Syracuse, NY (SYR)
  • Westchester County, NY (HPN)
  • Worcester, MA (ORH)

Southwest

Southwest passengers can rebook flights flying in our out of the following airports on the following days for a flight within 14 days of their original departure date:

  • Baltimore-Washington (BWI)-January 3 thru January 4
  • Charleston (CHS)-January 3 thru January 4
  • Charlotte (CLT)-January 3 thru January 4
  • Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP)-January 3 thru January 4
  • Jacksonville (JAX)- January 3 thru January 4
  • Norfolk (ORF)-January 3 thru January 4
  • Philadelphia (PHL)-January 3 thru January 4
  • Raleigh Durham (RDU)-January 3 thru January 4
  • Richmond (RIC)-January 3 thru January 4
  • Washington D.C. (DCA/IAD)-January 3 thru January 4
  • Albany (ALB)-January 4 thru January 5
  • Boston (BOS)-January 4 thru January 5
  • Hartford (BDL)-January 4 thru January 5
  • Islip/Long Island (ISP)-January 4 thru January 5
  • Manchester (MHT)-January 4 thru January 5
  • New York/LaGuardia (LGA)-January 4 thru January 5
  • Newark (EWR)-January 4 thru January 5
  • Portland (PWM)-January 4 thru January 5
  • Providence (PVD)-January 4 thru January 5

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines travel waivers are available to passengers flying to or from Myrtle Beach January 3-4 and must be rebooked by January 7. Waivers are also available to travelers flying out of Spirit's northeastern airports January 4-5, and travel must be rebooked by January 10.

United

United travel waivers are available to passengers flying to or from the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, or southeastern regions of the U.S. Waivers are available to travelers flying January 3-5 depending on the region, and travel must be rebooked by January 7-8.

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