Airlines brace for weekend blast


Snow is expected to blanket much of the East this weekend and many carriers are helping passengers that are looking to opt out of weekend air plans.


So called “weather waivers” were given out to travelers Thursday by some airlines, with rules such as you must reschedule your flight within the next few days.


Here are the airlines participating and what they will be offering consumers:


Delta Airlines: Passengers with tickets purchased from Delta on flights Friday and
Saturday to or from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland,
Virginia and West Virginia can rebook without penalty if they travel by
Monday. Delta has announced it will be canceling some flights in response to the storm and possible delays. The airline said customers on canceled flight can request full refunds.


United Airlines: Waivers apply to tickets for travel to
Washington, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania and Virginia. That includes not only United flights, but United Express and United
code-share flights as well. You must keep the same origin and destination when changing tickets and rescheduled flights must take place within seven days of the original travel date. Canceled flights might occur according to United and those customers are entitled to a full refund.


Continental Airlines: Customers that were planning to travel through
Sunday to or from certain airports could change plans without penalty. Continental’s website identified those “certain airports” as Newark Liberty International, Baltimore-Washington in Maryland;
Reagan National and Dulles in Virginia; Charlotte, Greensboro and
Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.


US Airways: Waiver will cover flights to or from
Washington, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania and Virginia. Travelers looking to reschedule have until up to seven days before or after their original planned departure date.


AirTran: Customers with plans to fly Friday and Sunday to various specified locations
can move their reservations without suffering any penalty as long as they complete their
rescheduled travel within five days of their original itinerary.


As always you should call your carrier before heading out to the airport this weekend.


Source: Associated Press

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