“Rain causing flooding in the Carolinas into Monday night will swing into the northeastern United States and put many outdoor plans in jeopardy through the first half of this week. Easterly winds can gust close to 40 mph along the New Jersey coast”, according AccuWeather. “It does not take much rain to cause travel problems in the major cities,” AccuWeather’s Chief Meteorologist Elliott Abrams added. The combination of drenching rain, a low cloud ceiling and gusty winds along the coast can lead to significant airline delays. Passengers should anticipate delays at the major hubs on Friday, including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Detroit. You can find United’s travel waiver information here.
See a screenshot below of United’s current travel waiver chart for 5/5. Make sure to call United as soon as possible to make the needed schedule changes and plan to be on the phone for longer than usual since call volumes will be higher than normal. Note that the waiver applies for changes to the same class and up to on or before 5/7.
In conclusion, while rough weather can make a nightmare out of a planned trip, there’s not much that can be done, so it’s best to try and take it in stride. Herein lies another reason why it’s so important to be points and miles fit. If you’re away from home and flights are cancelled because of weather, you may need to spend some nights at a hotel, which you can do for free if you have a stash of points available to use. So points aren’t only for planned trips, but also for when there are unscheduled travel changes.
What are you waiting for? Call your airline to change your flight NOW…the sooner you call the more flight options to choose from you’ll have.