With the winter storm chugging across the Northern U.S. and set to intensify in the Northeast, airlines are bracing for major delays and even cancellations. Below is a look at each major airline and their delay plans for winter storm Nemo as of Thursday morning. There are also links to airline delay trackers.
Delta Air Lines is offering customers whose flight plans may be affected by winter weather expected Friday across the U.S. Northeast, Ottawa and Montreal the ability to make one-time changes to their travel schedules without fees. Delta is closely monitoring conditions along the storm's forecast path and encourages customers to consider moving up, postponing or re-routing their travel to avoid possible inconvenience from expected flight delays.
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Customers booked on Delta-ticketed flights to, from or through the affected cities between Feb. 8 and 9 may immediately rebook for travel before or after their original travel dates as long as new flights are ticketed and rescheduled with travel beginning by Feb. 12, 2013.
Flight delays are expected as a result of the winter weather and Delta may proactively reduce flight schedules to minimize delays. Customers can visitdelta.com or use the Fly Delta mobile app to make changes and manage their travel itinerary.
Due to the weather, American Airlines is offering customers the convenience to change their plans. Customers ticketed to travel on AA flights to, through or from affected airports may change flights if the ticket was issued no later than Feb. 6. The ticket reissue charge will be waived for one ticket change.
To change travel dates, contact the Reservations personnel at 1-800-433-7300 within the United States or Canada.
Due to inclement weather forecasted in the Northeast, Jet Blue will waive change/cancel fees and fare differences for customers traveling Friday, February 8 through Saturday, Feb. 9, to or from affected cities. All customers traveling to/from the affected airports are encouraged to check the status of their flight online prior to leaving for the airport. Customers with web-enabled cell phones and PDAs may check the status of their flight at mobile.jetblue.com.
Customers may rebook their flights for travel through Tuesday, Feb.12, by calling 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) before the departure time of their originally scheduled flight. Customers with cancelled flights may also opt for a refund to the original form of payment by calling 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583). Original travel must have been booked on or before Feb. 6.
Due to the winter storm forecasted for the Northeast, US Airways has relaxed their change-fee policies. Affected customers can change their trip online (in most cases) and US Airways will waive change fees. Customers are encouraged to change trip information online atusairways.com/manageyourtrip. For further help, please call 800-428-4322.
Southwest Airlines is anticipating winter weather conditions in the Northeast over the next couple days. At this time, the airline is operating its scheduled flight service. As weather develops there is a possibility that flights on Thursday, Feb. 7; Friday, Feb, 8; and Saturday, Feb, 9 could be delayed, diverted, or cancelled.
Customers holding reservations for travel to/from affected cities on Friday, Feb. 8, or Saturday, Feb. 9 are eligible to reschedule their flight in accordance with Southwest's accommodation procedures.
To rebook travel plans online, click here. Customers who did not purchase a ticket via southwest.com can call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a customer service representative.