Multiple airlines waived change fees for flights in and out of Chicago and across the Midwest ahead of severe winter weather beginning Thursday.
United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines were all offering waivers to impacted travels in anticpation of the Chicago area’s largest snowstorm of the season so far.
United customers originally travelling through O’Hare International Airport between Feb. 8 and Feb. 10 can take advantage of a waiver for both a change fee and any difference in fare if they rebook for a new United flight departing on or before Feb. 13, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed class and between the same cities.
For Delta, travelers who planned to head in or out of Chicago (through either O’Hare or Midway International Airport) on Friday, Feb. 9, can either cancel their flights for a refund for the unused portion of the ticket, or make a one-time change to the ticket without a fee. To make a change without an extra charge, Delta passengers must have their ticket rebooked by Feb. 12 and the travel must begin no later than that same day.
Both Delta and United offered their respective deals to travelers in other impacted cities, including Madison and Milwaukee in Wisconsin, multiple Michigan cities: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing, as well as Cleveland, Ohio, among others.
American Airlines offered travelers the chance to change their trip without a fee as well. Anyone scheduled to travel to, from or through O’Hare in Chicago on Feb. 8 or 9 is eligible to switch, if they purchased their ticket by Feb. 7 and can reschedule their travel to begin on or before Feb. 11. The rebooked flight must be the same origin and destination city, and tickets must be purchased in the same cabin (or travelers can pay the difference).
Southwest Airlines was also offering a similar deal for passengers. Anyone slated to travel to, from or through Midway Airport in Chicago (plus a few other cities, including Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan, and more) on Feb. 8 or 9 was eligible to alter travel plans without an additional fee.
Southwest flyers can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original cities of departure and destination) without a fee, and customers whose flights are canceled can request a refund for the unused ticket.
A Winter Weather Warning was scheduled to take effect across the entire Chicago area and northwest Indiana beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, with between 6 and 10 inches expected to blanket the region by Friday night.