New York (WABC) — Massive winter storms make holiday travel dangerous and bring life-threatening cold to much of the country ahead of Christmas.
A powerful Holiday Week storm will spread Thursday through Friday, along with strong winds that will bring heavy snow in high altitude areas and heavy rain elsewhere, including in the New York City metropolitan area.
The millions of people traveling by road and air before Christmas could face major problems getting to their destinations on time.
Two-thirds of domestic flights could be affected by heavy storms on Thursday and Friday. According to AccuWeather meteorologists.
Several major hubs including Chicago, Detroit and New York City are all on the track of the storm and facing significant disruption. Delays in the ripple effects of affected aircraft and crews are felt nationwide.
Delta Air Lines and American Airlines said Thursday and Friday are expected to be their busiest this season.
Airlines canceled more than 2,600 flights on Tuesday. By 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, more than 3,540 flights had been canceled, according to Flight Aware. According to ABC News, the airline has already canceled Thursday’s Flight 774.
Please visit the relevant airport website to check flight status.
The good news is that major airlines already offer travel waivers for rescheduling.
The bad news is that you and thousands of other people who want to go home for vacation will be competing for the same seat.
Major airlines at airports outside the area have proposed easing the disruption of cancellations and delays ahead of the weather and waiving change fees and fare differences.
There are restrictions depending on the destination, so please check the website of your carrier first.
United Airlines is offering an east coast winter weather waiver for Thursday-Sunday travelers who purchase tickets before December 18.
American will also waive the fee if you purchase your ticket by December 19th and plan to travel between the 22nd and Christmas Eve.
Jet Blue has issued a winter weather fee waiver for the Midwest. If you’re traveling from our area to Chicago, Kansas, Milwaukee, or St. Paul, change and cancellation fees will be waived for customers traveling between December 21st and 23rd. Need to rebook before Christmas.
Scott Keyes of Scotts Cheap Flights says he has the right to get money back for canceled domestic flights if the flight is cancelled.
If you are canceling internationally, please check to see if your credit card will be refunded.
If you’re at the airport and your flight is delayed or cancelled, his advice is to get in line and call at the same time.
Tips inside: Do not call any major airline number. Find your international office number.
“The reason is that the International Bureau often has very short cues,” he said.
Then be proactive. Research other flights on different airlines and request that flight specifically.
“Extreme and prolonged freezing conditions” could extend south of Mississippi behind the storm, according to the National Weather Service.
Meteorologist Lee Goldberg says a quick freeze is possible on Friday night, and it will be bitterly cold on Christmas Eve and Christmas.
If your trip is affected, here are some advices Helps navigate the system when flights are delayed or canceled due to staff shortages, weather, or other issues.
And with the increased potential for flight disruptions, here are some tips: don’t lose sight of your luggage During a travel crash.
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