If you are located in areas where the weather has been uncooperative or you are planning on traveling to these areas, you are probably cursing the weather as you read. Then again, have you heard that there is something good coming out of all these problems? Apparently, airlines are “relaxing” their fees in face of the bad weather. AP has this story:
Airlines are allowing customers affected by winter weather in parts of the Midwest and Northeast to change their travel schedule without being charged a fee.
It’s a common practice when there are big storms.
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways Group Inc. and discount carrier AirTran Airways, a unit of Orlando, Fla.-based AirTran Holdings Inc., have issued statements in recent days making the offer to customers.
The offers are restricted to several cities and states and certain days. In Delta’s case, the offer includes flights operated by Northwest and its feeder carriers. Delta said changes to origin and destination may result in a fare increase. In US Airways’ case, the offer includes travel on certain days to Toronto and Montreal, as well as travel on US Airways codeshare flights.
Naturally, there are restrictions as to the rebookings. Though this piece of news may not prove to alleviate the problems that delayed and cancelled flights may bring, it is still a small blessing for those who are affected – or those who might be affected in the future. Make sure that, if you find yourself in this situation, you assert your right to free rebooking.