The northeast from Maine to as far south as the Jersey Shore is hunkering down as Winter Storm Juno nears. The storm is expected to bring up to 2 feet of snow with the potential for blizzard conditions across 7 states.
Nearly 6,000 flights have already been cancelled for today and tomorrow, sending travelers and airlines alike into crisis management mode. The outlook for Wednesday is pending Juno’s arrival, but if travel isn’t a must we most definitely recommend sitting the next few days out. More flight cancellations and major travel delays are expected. As is usual protocol, many airlines are proactively offering flexible rebooking options to help alleviate travel stress.
If you are set to travel 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 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 26-27, 2015
Traveling from, to or through northeast states or provinces: CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT Quebec, Ontario
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.
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.