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TravelNew winter storm could snarl flights; Delta, Southwest, American, United waiving fees

09:30  07 december  2018
09:30  07 december  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

What to Know About Hurricane Florence If You're Traveling This Week

  What to Know About Hurricane Florence If You're Traveling This Week Major airlines have started waiving fees ahead of Hurricane FlorenceNow a Category 4 storm, Hurricane Florence is expected to hit South Carolina, North Carolina and parts of Virginia on Thursday. Hurricane Florence is expected to “be a large and extremely dangerous” storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Major winter storm could snarl flights from the Great Plains to New England this week. All four of the USA’s biggest airlines – American , Delta , United and Southwest – had issued weather waivers for fliers schedule to fly through airports in the storm ’s path.

Delta , American , United , Southwest say they will waive change fees or fare differences. American Airlines ground crew members service commercial aircraft landing and arriving at Charlotte Douglas So far, American Airlines flights have not been canceled due to the storm , the carrier said.

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A developing winter storm threatened to make a mess for air travelers as it moved across the country into the weekend.

The storm was still gathering strength in the Southwest, but it was forecast to spread heavy rain, snow and icy weather as it tracked east across Texas, Oklahoma and the Southeast. By Sunday, heavy snow was expected to develop across parts of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic, with up to a foot possible for parts of North Carolina and Virginia.

The weekend forecast is still coming into focus, but – so far – it appeared that most major hubs were expected to see only rain. The big exception was Charlotte, where several inches of snow were possible on Sunday. That could likely create significant problems at the airport, a hub for American Airlines.

Airlines Are Waiving Change Fees for Cities in the Path of Hurricane Florence

  Airlines Are Waiving Change Fees for Cities in the Path of Hurricane Florence Airlines Are Waiving Change Fees for Cities in the Path of Hurricane Florence .According to USA Today, which compiled a list of the fee waivers airlines are offering in some East Coast cities, nearly every major airline is giving affected passengers at least a one-time break on changing their plans. As of Monday evening, only United hadn’t announced waiver policies for Florence. Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_437d3297-b190-41da-bbca-8c541bc9ed8c").

Aside from disrupting flights at airports along coast, Florence could also snarl flights in interior cities depending how the storm tracks after coming ashore. Hurricane Florence: Most airlines now waiving change fees .

Airlines were canceling flights and waiving change fees as wintry weather threatened airports across a large Wintry weather was expected to begin falling there Tuesday evening. Delta , which operates its A Delta Air Lines MD-88 gathers snow at the beginning of a winter storm at Atlanta-Hartsfield

Weekend travelers also should keep an eye on Atlanta. Current forecasts showed the rain-snow line remaining north of the city, but rainy and blustery weather could still affect operations there.

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Beyond that, heavy snow was forecast mostly for smaller or mid-sized airports like Asheville, North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia. But the impact at those types of airports could be severe, if current forecasts hold.  Wintry weather was also possible at airports like Raleigh/Durham and Greensboro in North Carolina and Greenville/Spartanburg in South Carolina.

Hurricane Florence: 624 flights grounded, airlines issuing waivers

  Hurricane Florence: 624 flights grounded, airlines issuing waivers The Category 4 storm, expected to affect millions this week.As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, over 624 flights had been canceled and 5,580 trips across the globe have been delayed, as per live flight-tracking service FlightAware. Additionally, 429 flights scheduled for Thursday had been grounded and 82 trips for Friday were void.

Those numbers could worsen Friday as the storm moved across major metro areas into Friday In response to the weather disruptions, airlines were waiving change fees travelers at numerous All four of the USA’s biggest carriers – American , Delta , Southwest and United – had instituted winter

Airlines were canceling flights and waiving changes fees Friday as a winter storm brought heavy Detroit is a busy hub for Delta . Southwest had canceled its entire Friday morning schedule at both In Canada, the same storm was snarling flights at Toronto Pearson – that nation’s busiest air hub.

In Texas, it appeared likely that major hubs in Dallas and Houston were not going to see wintry weather. Travelers may want to keep an eye on Houston, however. Thunderstorms and heavy rain of up to 10 inches were forecast through Saturday, which could create problems at airports there if flooding restricts access to the airports.

So far, three carriers -- Southwest, Delta, United, American and Frontier -- were waiving rebooking charges for the storm.

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It was almost certain that other airlines would do the same for airports in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic as forecasts begin to firm up. Delta, Frontier, United and Southwest were likely to expand theirs, too.

For now, Southwest’s waiver covered Thursday and Friday travelers scheduled to fly through five airports in the region: Albuquerque; Amarillo and Lubbock in Texas; and Oklahoma City and Tulsa in Oklahoma. Southwest does not charge change fees, but its waiver allowed flyers at those airports to make one change to their itineraries without paying a recalculated fare.

Hurricane Florence air travel: What you need to know about cancellations, fare caps and waivers

  Hurricane Florence air travel: What you need to know about cancellations, fare caps and waivers Airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights because of Hurricane Florence and travel disruptions are likely to continue through the weekend. Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina on Friday morning with top winds of 90 miles per hour, prompting flight cancellations in the southeastern U.S. through the weekend.

The waivers affect flights scheduled for Friday-Sunday to and from airports in the storm 's path Fees for changing flights often cost over 0, but airlines sometimes make exceptions for severe For this storm , the policies and affected airports vary by airline. United , for example, is waiving the change

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Delta's storm policy also covered five airports so far, waiving its change fee of $200 or more for Saturday customers flying through Fayetteville/Northwest Arkansas; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Oklahoma City and Tulsa; and Springfield in Missouri. In addition to waiving the change fee, Delta's policy allowed eligible flyers to make one change without paying an updated fare.

At United, a dozen airports were include in its waiver. They stretched from Albuquerque to Salina, Kansas, to Fayetteville/Northwest Arkansas. United customers traveling to those 12 airports on Friday or Saturday were permitted to make one change with no extra fees or new fare.

American's waiver policy covered eight airports (Amarillo; Fayetteville/Northwest Arkansas; Fort Smith; Joplin, Missouri; Springfield, Missouri; Stillwater, Oklahoma; and Tulsa) for travel on Friday and Saturday.  Most customers traveling on those days to those airports were eligible to make one change to their itineraries without paying extra.

Airlines Begin Waiving Change Fees Ahead of Tropical Storm Michael

  Airlines Begin Waiving Change Fees Ahead of Tropical Storm Michael Southwest Airlines is the first carrier to implement a flexible rebooking policy for travelers in the storm's path.The tropical system is expected to strengthen into a hurricane this week, likely making landfall along the Florida Panhandle late Wednesday or early Thursday.

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Delta , American , United , and Southwest say they will waive change fees or fare differences. So far, American Airlines flights have not been canceled due to the storm , but it is bracing for the Delta Air Lines said it will cap airfares in airports from Virginia to Georgia, which could be affected by the

Frontier's waiver covered Friday and Saturday passengers ticketed to fly through Dallas/Fort Worth; Oklahoma City; Tulsa; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Wichita, Kansas. Its policy also included one fee-free change with no new fare for most customers.

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