These Airlines Are Offering Free Flight Changes and Waivers Due to Winter Storm Skylar
The third Nor'easter in less than two weeks is wreaking havoc on travel plans once again — with thousands of flights cancelled and delayed because of Winter Storm Skylar.
Several airlines operating out of airports impacted by Winter Storm Skylar, which is currently pounding the East Coast, cancelled flights Monday night and Tuesday due to the heavy snow and blizzard conditions throughout the Northeast.
By early Tuesday morning, at least 1,700 flights had been cancelled in the U.S., according to FlightAware, a website that tracks flight cancellations as they happen. More than 80 percent of outgoing flights at Boston Logan Airport were cancelled, as well as a high percentage of others originally scheduled to depart from airports in Portland, Maine, Long Island and Manchester, N.H., as well as smaller operations at coastal destinations like Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Airlines are also offering waivers to reschedule or get a full refound for their flights to those impacted by Winter Storm Skylar.
The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings and advisories for states and cities along the East Coast from New York to Maine. Up to 18 inches of snow is expected to pile up in Boston, and conditions resulting in a "bomb cyclone" will produce heavy snowfall and winds across the states.
Some areas are already covered in 8 inches to a foot of snow, with more falling at about 2 to 3 inches an hour. Parts of New York State saw 7 inches come down in 2 hours, according to the National Weather Service.
Here are the airlines that have announced flight cancellations and fee waivers for impacted customers.
JetBlue cancelled close to 400 flights through Thursday, March 15 in preparation for the storm and offered rescheduling help and refunds to impacted customers, the company said in a statement. A number of the flights cancelled Monday were originally destined to Boston Logan Airport from cities like Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., and Tampa, among other areas, according to FlightAware.
Travelers affected by the cancellations due to Winter Storm Skylar can rebook their flights for free, and JetBlue is also covering any extra expenses incurred if customers pick a more expensive flight.
Before the storm hit, Delta Air Lines cancelled around 300 flights and offered a "winter weather waiver" to affected passengers. The flight cancellations impacted customers traveling to, from or through airports in Boston, New York and Philadelphia, as well as ones in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
The waiver requires customers to reschedule their flights by March 17 — and have the flight leave after that same date.
Southwest cancelled a number of flights heading to or from airports in Boston, New York, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania from Tuesday through Wednesday, according to the company.
American Airlines cancelled flights — particularly those heading to Boston Logan Airport — as a result of the storm. The company is allowing customers with flights scheduled on Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14 traveling to or from airports in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire to rebook their trips with no extra fee.
United Airlines passengers can rebook flights originally scheduled to depart on Tuesday or Wednesday from New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire. Customers must depart on or by March 17 to avoid any additional fees, according to the company.
Frontier Airlines cancelled a few flights on Monday and Tuesday scheduled to depart or land in cities like Providence, Rhode Island, and Islip, New York. The airline said travelers affected by Winter Storm Skylar can make one itinerary change with a waived fee, as long as they rebook their trips by March 30.
Spirit Airlines cancelled flights departing from Boston Logan Airport and Hartford, Connecticut, on Tuesday as a result of Winter Storm Skylar. The airline is offering waived fees for customers to reschedule their flights through Saturday, March 17.
Customers traveling to or from airports in Boston, New York and New Jersey on Alaska Airlines can change or cancel their flights with no fee on dates ranging from March 11 through March 14, according to the company. The new tickets must be booked on or before Wednesday, March 21.
Hawaiian Airlines is offering customers traveling to, from or through John F. Kennedy Airport in New York a change fee waiver for their flights, the company said. The new flights must be booked on or before Wednesday, March 21.