Snow! Airlines begin waiving change fees ahead of new winter storm

Ben Mutzabaugh
The nation’s four biggest airlines were all among the carriers that have issued flexible rebooking waivers for airports in the upper Midwest.
Whenever a major storm is forecasted, out come the de-icing crews and travel waivers.

Airlines are waiving change fees ahead of the latest winter storm that could affect air travel.

The nation’s four biggest airlines – American, Delta, Southwest and United – were all among the carriers issuing flexible rebooking waivers for airports in the Midwest. JetBlue, Spirit and  Sun Country also were waiving fees as of Friday morning. 

The waivers come as a strong winter storm is expected to sweep through the upper Midwest this weekend, with current forecasts calling for blizzard conditions across parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

The airline waivers now in place cover travel for Saturday and Sunday, when the worst of the weather is expected.

American’s policy covers 16 airports across the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Delta’s waiver covers more than two dozen airports in the same region. Included is its busy hub at Minneapolis/St. Paul.

United’s policy includes 19 airports in the north-central USA.

At Southwest, Saturday and Sunday flights from Minneapolis/St. Paul and Milwaukee are covered by its waivers.

The exact details of the waivers vary by carrier, although they have generally allowed customers flying through the covered airports to make one change to the itineraries without paying a change fee or recalculated fares.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Snow! Airlines begin waiving change fees ahead of new winter storm