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Airlines changing travel policies; fliers should expect widespread cancellations

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Airlines are relaxing their ticketing policies and waiving change fees as a snowstorm with the potential to dump 24 inches of snow on the Washington region approaches. (Check out what Capital Weather Gang forecast).

Southwest has canceled most of its flights in the Washington region for this weekend. Expect other airlines to do the same.

The following airlines are waiving fees for rebooking or offering travelers other options.

  • American Airlines
  • Continental
  • Delta
  • JetBlue: A change in policies for Richmond, BWI and Dulles. Call 800-JETBLUE.
  • United: Waiver issued for passengers travelers to, from or through Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia through Sunday. Call 1-800-864-8331.
  • U.S. Airways: Affects multiple cities in the East. Call 800-428-4322.

For delays across the country, check out the Federal Aviation Administration's flight delay map.

By Michael Bolden  |  February 4, 2010; 9:29 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Airports , Weather  | Tags: BWI, Dulles, Reagan National, weather  
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Continental is also letting you rebook your flights, with a one time fee waiver. Just log in with you reservation number and last name, and there'll be a "change flights" option. If you click there, there'll be a notice saying that if you're traveling to/from certain cities, you can rebook for free.
Good luck!

Posted by: mer37 | February 4, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

American is also lifting the fees for travel this weekend;

Posted by: marie_d1 | February 4, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

American is also lifting it's fees for traveling to or from:
North Carolina
West Virginia
Washington D.C. (BWI, DCA, IAD)

Posted by: marie_d1 | February 4, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Do note, that on Continental, the change fee is waived, but fare difference is not waived. Unless you can find a seat in the same booked class and for travel before Feb 21st, you may be charged.

Posted by: stantonpark | February 4, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

what about Amtrak?

Posted by: chiquita2 | February 4, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

...and what about Delta?

Posted by: johneick | February 4, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

to answer my own question, Delta just went up with their change policy, which seems a bit less generous than US Airways in terms of new travel dates

Posted by: johneick | February 4, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: johneick | February 4, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I have a flight leaving tomorrow from DCA at 2:59pm for Atlanta, then Atlanta to Vegas. I've never flown out of an airport during snow. Can I expect my flight to get canceled? It appears that the snow will start falling around then, but won't be too bad until much later. I'm worried that because of the potential for a serious storm that they will just cancel flights regardless of ground conditions.

Posted by: SteveinAtown | February 4, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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