Overview of Airline Waivers for Northeast Winter Weather

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Do you have a flight booked this weekend and are worried about the impending weather in the Northeast as Winter Storm Benji hits, which is the first snowstorm along the East coast this winter.

Here is what you can do if you have a flight and it is affected my the winter storms that are set to move over the Northeast. The ice and snow conditions are sure to impact your travel this weekend, so here is information about travel waivers to change your flights should you need to.

A number of airlines have put up winter weather waivers in advance of the the weekend weather so here are those details:


Delta has issued a weather waiver for the following cities, if you’re flying to/from or through December 9, 2017:

Boston, MA (BOS)
New York, NY – Kennedy (JFK)
New York, NY – LaGuardia (LGA)
Newark, NY – (EWR)
Newburgh, NY (SWF)
White Plains, NY (HPN)

When rescheduled travel occurs beyond December 12, 2017, the change fee will be waived. However, a difference in fare may apply. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity, one year from date of original issue. If travel is not able to be rescheduled within these guidelines, customers may cancel their reservation and apply any unused value of the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket for a period of one year from the original ticket issuance. Applicable change fee and fare difference will apply for new travel dates. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity.

American Airlines

When severe weather or other uncontrollable events impact your flight and travel dates, you may be able to change your trip with no change fee.

If you’re traveling to/through/from:

  • Albany, New York (ALB)
  • Baltimore, Maryland (BWI)
  • Binghamton / Johnson City, New York (BGM)
  • Boston, Massachusetts (BOS)
  • Buffalo, New York (BUF)
  • Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT)
  • Hampton / Newport News, Virginia (PHF)
  • Hartford, Connecticut (BDL)
  • Islip, New York (ISP)
  • Ithaca, New York (ITH)
  • New York Kennedy, New York (JFK)
  • New York LaGuardia, New York (LGA)
  • Newark, New Jersey (EWR)
  • Norfolk, Virginia (ORF)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL)
  • Providence, Rhode Island (PVD)
  • Raleigh / Durham, North Carolina (RDU)
  • Richmond, Virginia (RIC)
  • Rochester, New York (ROC)
  • Stewart Newburgh, New York (SWF)
  • Syracuse, New York (SYR)
  • Washington Dulles, Washington D.C. (IAD)
  • Washington Reagan, Washington D.C. (DCA)
  • Watertown, New York (ART)
  • White Plains / Westchester County, New York (HPN)

The change fee may be waived if you:

  • Are traveling on an American Airlines flight
  • Bought your ticket by December 8, 2017
  • Are scheduled to travel December 9, 2017
  • Can travel December 7 – 12, 2017
  • Don’t change your origin or destination city
  • Rebook in the same cabin or pay the difference


Based on the forecasted wintry weather conditions, our scheduled service on Saturday, December 9 may be disrupted (flights may be delayed, diverted, and/or cancelled) in several cities:

  • Albany (ALB)
  • Baltimore (BWI)
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Hartford (BDL)
  • Islip-Long Island (ISP)
  • Manchester (MHT)
  • New York-LaGuardia (LGA)
  • Newark (EWR)
  • Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Portland (PWM)
  • Providence (PVD)
  • Richmond (RIC)
  • Washington, DC-Dulles (IAD)
  • Washington, DC-National (DCA)

Customers who are holding reservations on Saturday, December 9, and want to alter their travel plans may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.


United has issued a waiver for the following:


  • Baltimore, MD (BWI)
  • Boston, MA (BOS)
  • Hartford, CT (BDL)
  • New York/Newark, NJ (EWR)
  • New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK)
  • New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA)
  • Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
  • Providence, RI (PVD)
  • Washington, DC – Dulles (IAD)
  • Washington-National, DC (DCA)
  • White Plains, NY (HPN)

Original Travel Dates:
December 9, 2017

Flight Changes:

  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before December 12, 2017, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed

Bottom Line:

As always, check with your airline on-line for the latest flight status.  Airlines always encourage you to re-book yourself over the web, but if you call, be prepared for longer than normal wait times to talk to an agent.

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