Airlines Issue Waivers as Winter Storm Maya Impacts Midwest and Northeast U.S.

by Daniel McCarthy
Airlines Issue Waivers as Winter Storm Maya Impacts Midwest and Northeast U.S.

Airlines have issued waivers in preparation of Winter Storm Maya, which is expected to impact much of the Northeast. Photo: Shutterstock.com.


With Winter Storm Maya expected to potentially bring 6 to 12 inches of snow across Northern Wisconsin and Northern Michigan, and even higher amounts to Upstate New York and Northern New England, according to the National Weather Service, airlines have issued travel waivers to many of the cities that are expected to be impacted. 

American Airlines is allowing changes with no fees for flights to, through, or from northeastern U.S. and Canadian cities including Boston, Burlington, Hartford, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, Toronto, and more. The full list of cities is available on the American website. Tickets purchased by Feb. 10 for travel on Feb. 12 and 13 are eligible if they are rebooked in the same cabin and the origin and destination city remains the same.

The American Airlines waiver for northwestern cities, including Eugene, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, is still active through Feb. 12.

Delta Air Lines will allow tickets scheduled for Feb. 12 and 13 in most northeastern cities including Boston, Hartford, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, Toronto, and more, to be changed without fee. Tickets must be reissued on or before Feb. 16 with rebooked travel scheduled no later than Feb 16.

Delta is also allowing travelers flying on Feb. 12 through impacted cities in the Upper Midwest, including Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and more, to change flights without penalty as long as the ticket is reissued for no later than Feb. 15.

JetBlue is waiving all change fees and fare differences for anyone traveling on Feb. 12 to or from the same Northeast cities — Albany, Boston, New York, Newark, Providence, Syracuse, and more. JetBlue offered the same for Seattle through Monday.

United Airlines is doing the same, waiving all change fees and fare differences for United flights departing on Feb. 12 to, from, or through most northeastern cities including Boston, Burlington, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, Syracuse, Toronto, and more. United is offering the same for Chicago through Feb. 12.

WestJet is offering its own waivers for travel scheduled on Feb. 12 through cities in the New York region, Southern Ontario, and others including Ottawa, Halifax, Vancouver, and Victoria.

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