Airlines Issue Travel Waivers for Travelers Flying Through the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains
The delays inherent to winter air travel aren’t over yet, as Winter Storm “Ulmer” rolls through the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains on Wednesday bringing with it blizzard conditions and wind. To get ahead of anticipated flight delays, diversions, and cancellations, some US airlines have issued travel waivers for passengers traveling through the impacted area. United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines have all issued waivers. The specifics vary by airline, but all allow travelers to change their flight without incurring a change fee or difference in fare.
United’s travel alert impacts 26 airports across Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska for all travel on Wednesday. The change fee and any difference in fare for travelers will be waived as long as the new United flight departs on or before March 16 and is rescheduled for the same route in the originally ticketed fare class.
Delta’s travel waiver covers travel on both Wednesday and Thursday, and allows for passengers to rebook their ticket and travel as late as March 17. The Delta travel waiver applies to 17 airports across Minnesota, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Southwest flights traveling to, from, or through Denver on Wednesday are also eligible for the waiver, with Southwest allowing rebooking within 14 days of the ticket’s original travel date between the original route.
Travelers traveling to, from, or through airports affected by the winter storm can either keep an eye on travel alerts and prepare for delays, or get ahead of the storm warning by changing their flight.