“A potentially destructive winter storm” is expected across the eastern part of the United States this Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend. And a number of Delta Air Lines destinations could be affected.
Delta issued a pair of weather waivers: one for the Southeastern US and another for the Northeastern part of the county.
Plus, another waiver is currently in effect for Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) today, January 14.
Three Delta hubs are affected: Atlanta, New York (JFK), and MSP. (Thankfully, those cities’ NFL teams completely botched their seasons and don’t have to worry about the playoffs this weekend. 😉 I’m a Vikings fan, so missing the playoffs is practically a tradition.)
Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP): January 14
A waiver for travel through MSP is in effect today, Friday, January 14. Any fare differences associated with applicable rebooked travel — provided it’s in the original cabin purchased — will be waived. Rebooked travel must occur on or before Monday, January 17.
Southeastern US (Including Atlanta!): January 16 – 17
This waiver affects:
- Asheville, NC (AVL)
- Atlanta, GA (ATL)
- Augusta, GA (AGS)
- Charlotte, NC (CLT)
- Columbia, SC (CAE)
- Fayetteville, NC (FAY)
- Greensboro, NC (GSO)
- Greenville, SC (GSP)
- Knoxville, TN (TYS)
- Little Rock, AR (LIT)
- Nashville, TN (BNA)
- Tri-Cities, TN (TRI)
So if your Delta Air Lines travel on Sunday or Monday involves any of the above airports, you might want to consider changing your flights to a different day. Delta will waive any applicable fare difference (within the same cabin originally booked) for those whose rebooked travel takes place Thursday, January 20 or sooner.
Northeastern US: January 16 – 17
The Northeastern weather waiver applies to these Delta cities:
- Albany, NY (ALB)
- Allentown, PA (ABE)
- Baltimore, MD (MWI)
- Boston, MA (BOS)
- Buffalo, NY (BUF)
- Charleston, WV (CRW)
- Charlottesville, VA (CHO)
- Harrisburg, PA (MDT)
- Hartford, CT (BDL)
- New York – Kennedy, NY (JFK)
- New York – LaGuardia, NY (LGA)
- Newark, NJ (EWR)
- Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
- Portland, ME (PWM)
- Roanoke, VA (ROA)
- State College, PA (SCE)
- Syracuse, NY (SYR)
- Washington D.C. – Dulles (IAD)
- Washington D.C. – Reagan (DCA)
- White Plains, NY (HPN)
Delta will waive any applicable fare difference (within the same cabin originally booked) for those whose rebooked travel takes place Thursday, January 20 or sooner.
The airline permanently waived change fees for most domestic tickets long ago. If your ticket somehow doesn’t qualify for free changes, this could give you a little extra protection.
Remember that airlines generally don’t pay for any expenses (hotels, meals, ground transport, etc.) if you’re delayed due to weather. I hope you booked with a credit card offering good trip delay coverage or you hold travel insurance. (Or both!) So if you’re really concerned, you might want to start making flight changes now before the ticketing lines (phone and in-person) get extra, extra, extra busy.
Contact Delta Air Lines for Rebooking Help
If you have questions or need to rebook travel, contact Delta Air Lines directly (not “Delta Airlines”) or the provider through whom you originally purchased travel.
Delta Air Lines: 1-800-221-1212
Stay safe, everyone!
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