How to Change Your Flight During Winter Storm Stella Without Paying Fees
Beginning the night of Monday, March 14, Winter Storm Stella is expected to pummel the Northeast and the Midwest with high winds and more than a foot of snow.
And if you plan to fly anytime between today and Thursday, March 16, you may be able to reschedule your flight without paying any fees.
This morning, The Points Guy reported that eight domestic carriers—American Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, United, and Virgin America—are already offering travel waivers.
Delta Air Lines, for example, waived travel scheduled for March 12 in the Mid-Atlantic region and is waiving March 14 and 15 for the Northeast. Tickets must be reissued by March 15 and 17, respectively. While a difference in fare may apply for travel scheduled at a late date, the change fee will be waived.
Other airlines, including American and United, began waiving travel as early as March 11.
Southwest is extending waivers for cities as far south as Greenville, South Carolina and as far west as Des Moines, Iowa. Spirit Airlines’ waivers are only good for travelers flying out of 11 airports, including LaGuardia in New York and Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey.
Travelers should note that most airlines require changes to be made prior to the originally scheduled departure time—but that the regulations vary wildly between airlines. Frontier allows you to change both the origin and destination cities, and travel can be completed by April 7. Virgin America passengers, on the other hand, must stick to the same itinerary and stay in the same cabin class. Change fees and fare differences will be compensated through March 19.
For full details, be sure to check directly with your airline.