A large winter storm is expected to hit the East Coast, centering on the Washington, D.C. area, on this Friday and Saturday, and is expected to drop up to 30 inches of snow. In addition, hurricane gale force winds of 40 to 60 miles per hour will pound the region from coastal Virginia all the way to the New York City region in the north.
Philadelphia, Baltimore and the D.C. area are expected to be the hardest hit, so if any of these spots are your travel destinations in the next few days we strongly recommend checking your flight status for delays or cancellations.
Are you flying on the impacted dates to, from or through the impacted cities? If yes, you may qualify for a free itinerary change. If your flight has NOT been cancelled and you’re going to try and make it out, do not check in online or too far in advance. Just plan to do things the old-fashioned way (i.e. at the airport). When there are severe weather delays and cancellations, last minute flight changes via online check-in get very dicey. You’re much better off avoiding these complexities by checking in at the airport.
Most airlines have instituted waivers for:
Impacted dates: January 22-24, 2016
Traveling from, to or through these states: CT, DC, KY, MA, MD, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, WV
Please use our list of airline travel advisory links below to quickly determine what your airline is offering for your specific itinerary.
As a general rule of thumb, most airlines go by these guidelines:
1. If your flight is canceled you have the option of obtaining a full refund.
2. If you would like to reschedule your trip, you can do so without having to pay any penalty, although in some cases you may have to pay a difference in fare if you’re changing to a more expensive itinerary. Most airlines are allowing travelers to postpone flights for a few days, until the storm clears (expected date, January 27).
For rebooking assistance, feel free to contact CheapAir Travel Advisors at (800) 243-2724 or by email at Help@CheapAir.com. For coping techniques should you find yourself stuck at the airport, have a look at our recent advice for flight delays. It is chock full of helpful coping tips you need now.