Airlines are issuing cancellation and change waivers ahead of Winter Storm Grayson, which is set to move up the East Coast of the United States and into New England through Thursday.
According to the latest forecast from Accuweather, snow and wintry mix are expected to continue along the southeastern U.S. coast through Wednesday night. The storm could then undergo rapid strengthening through a process known as bombogenesis before moving near the East Coast on Thursday, bringing snow, ice, high winds, and blizzard conditions.
The heaviest snow and strongest winds are forecast to hit eastern New England and parts of Atlantic Canada. The storm may shut down operations at Boston’s Logan International Airport, as well as affect major air travel hubs in New York City and Philadelphia. All told, blizzard conditions are likely across an area ranging from portions of Long Island through eastern Connecticut and Massachusetts to northeastern Maine, New Brunswick and western Nova Scotia.
And it bears mentioning we don’t often see winter weather advisories for Jacksonville, Florida!
The following airlines have issued cancellation and change waivers as a result of the storm:
American Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to fly through affected airports January 4 – 5 to change their trip with no fee through January 8, between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).
Customers on Delta flying January 4 – 5 can make a change with no fee, with rebooked travel to begin no later than January 8 and the new ticket to be reissued on or before that date. Separate waivers were set up for the Mid-Atlantic region and the Southeast.
For travelers on United Airlines, those headed through airports in the southeastern U.S. or the mid-Atlantic from January 3 – 4 can rebook through January 7. Customers flying through airports in the northeast January 4 – 5 can rebook through January 8.
Customers on Southwest Airlines can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city pairs.
JetBlue customers flying through Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA, on January 3, or through airports in the northeast on January 4, can rebook through January 10.
Finally, Frontier Airlines is allowing customers scheduled to fly through affected airports January 3 – 4 to rebook through January 24.