Are American Airlines flights canceled because of Winter Storm Jonas? Will the blizzard cause cancellations or delays? What if you booked through a service like Expedia or Orbitz? Yes, American Airlines is canceling most of its Northeast flights ahead of the big winter storm. American Airlines already is letting customers reschedule their flights without penalty in advance of the blizzard. (If you’re looking for information on Southwest, please click here. Information on United is here.)
Here’s what you need to know.
1. American Airlines Is Already Canceling Flights Ahead of the Storm
American Airlines is already canceling flights ahead of the storm. All 654 American flights have been canceled for Friday at its Charlotte hub. There are no plans to resume flights to Charlotte on Saturday morning either, WGNTV reported. The Washington and Baltimore area airports are expected to see cancelations starting Friday afternoon and all flights canceled on Saturday. In New York, American will cancel flights in all three airports on Saturday afternoon and flights will resume on Sunday. American is also reducing flights out of Philadelphia on Friday and canceling flights on Saturday, according to the Philadelphia Press. More cancelations are expected.
Accuweather has referred to the storm as “colossal” with the potential to impact more than 50 million people and halt travel in the mid-Atlantic states. The storm is expected to begin on Friday in parts of the South and the Ohio Valley. It will move northeast over southern New England and the mid-Atlantic Friday night and Saturday. It should exit New England on Sunday. Power outages are possible, along with blizzard conditions in some areas. Weather.com warns that more than 14 states will be impacted, with blizzards currently expected in Baltimore and D.C., but the storm’s track could still change.
2. American Airlines Has Travel Alerts for the Following Airports
American Airlines currently has travel alerts for the following airports. These alerts could change, so check the American Airlines website for the latest details here.
Little Rock, AR (LIT)
Hartford, CT (BDL)
New Haven, CT (HVN)
Louisville, KY (SDF)
Lexington, KY (LEX)
Baltimore, MD (BWI)
Salisbury, MD (SBY)
Boston, MA (BOS)
Manchester, NH (MHT)
Newark, NJ (EWR)
Albany, NY (ALB)
Binghamton, NY (BGM)
Elmira / Corning, NY (ELM)
Islip / Long Island/Macarthur, NY (ISP)
Ithaca, NY (ITH)
New York LaGuardia, NY (LGA)
New York Kennedy, NY (JFK)
Stewart / Newburgh, NY (SWF)
Westchester County / White Plains, NY (HPN)
Asheville / Hendersonville, NC (AVL)
Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Greensboro / Highpoint, NC (GSO)
Greenville / Spartanburg, SC (GSP)
Raleigh / Durham, NC (RDU)
Allentown / Bethlehem, PA (ABE)
Harrisburg, PA (MDT)
Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)
State College University Park, PA (SCE)
Scranton / Wilkes Barre, PA (AVP)
Williamsport, PA (IPT)
Providence, RI (PVD)
Memphis, TN (MEM)
Nashville, TN (BNA)
Knoxville, TN (TYS)
Tri City, TN (TRI)
Charlottesville, VA (CHO)
Lynchburg, VA (LYH)
Newport News, VA (PHF)
Norfolk, VA (ORF)
Richmond, VA (RIC)
Roanoke, VA (ROA)
Washington Dulles, VA (IAD)
Washington DC Reagan Nat’l, Arlington, VA (DCA)
Charleston, WV (CRW)
Huntington, WV (HTS)
3. American Airlines Is Offering Fee Waivers and Rescheduling
Because the storm is unpredictable and a massive number of flights could be affected, American Airlines/American Eagle is already offering fee waivers and rescheduling options.
Travelers have the option to change their trip with no fee. If you see a “change trip” button online next to your reservation, you can change it online. If you don’t, you can still call the airline to see. Your fee may be waived if you bought your flight before January 20, are scheduled to travel January 21-24 through an affected airport, can reschedule through January 27, book the same class, and don’t change your origin or destination city. Note that some of the waivers are only good for those scheduled to travel January 22-24, so visit American Airlines’ webpage for more details.
4. Keep Tabs on Your Flight Status
You never know when your flight might change or be delayed, so you’ll want to keep close tabs on that. You can use American Airlines’ app, or you can input your information at this link to stay updated on what’s happening with your flight. Don’t assume you know if your flight will be delayed. Check first before heading out or, just to play it safe, reschedule your flight to avoid the blizzard. If you’re picking up a loved one, you can track the flight live on FlightAware.
5. If You Booked Your Flight Through an Outside Service Like Expedia or Orbitz, It Might Be More Complicated
If you booked your flight through an outside service like Expedia or Orbitz, changing the flight might be a little more complicated. You should go to the service’s webpage and search for any Travel Advisories. Or you can just Google the service’s name and “travel advisory” to likely find the right webpage. Orbitz, for example, requires that you submit a Refund Request Form if your airline is giving refunds for flights affected by Winter Storm Jonas. If you booked through Expedia and your airline is waiving cancellation and rescheduling fees, you’ll need to call Expedia Customer Service to make the change. If you booked through a low-cost airline, you’ll have to call the airline directly. More information is here.