Delta’s Operations in ATL Affected By Winter Storm Causing 970 Cancellations Friday & 290 On Saturday

Inclement weather in the southern state of Georgia (among others) has strongly affected Delta’s operations in Atlanta causing 970 flight cancellations Friday and 290 Saturday.

Delta has extended a travel waiver allowing for free changes to existing reservations until December 10th.

Winter season is starting and has the U.S. east coast in a firm grip once again, leading to inclement weather conditions up and down the coast.

Delta Airlines has reached out to passengers traveling this weekend that they might be entitled to a travel waiver if their flights are scheduled to touch Atlanta, making it possible to change dates and if flights are already severely delayed also apply for a full refund.

You can access Delta’s press release here.

Despite day-long aircraft de-icing requirements along mid-Atlantic airports, New York City and Boston, Delta’s operation fully stabilized Saturday, with no additional cancellations beyond the approximately 375 incurred early in the day Saturday. …

Friday’s winter storm in Atlanta brought more than two inches of snow at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, nearly an entire year’s average of snowfall in a 24 hour period.

Change fee waivers for customers transiting Atlanta as well as New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Newark, N.J., Newburgh, N.Y., White Plains, N.Y. and Boston remain in effect for customer flexibility.

Customers are encouraged to use delta.com to change travel plans. Customers affected by weather may make a one-time change to their ticket without fee if they are scheduled to travel to, from, or through the affected destinations on Delta, Delta Connection or Delta-coded flights during the specified time periods listed here. Additionally, if customers’ flights are cancelled or significantly delayed, they may request a refund.​

Details of the travel waiver for ATLANTA are:

Impacted Travel Date(s): December 8 – 10, 2017

When rescheduled travel occurs beyond December 13, 2017, the change fee will be waived. However, a difference in fare may apply. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity, one year from date of original issue. If travel is not able to be rescheduled within these guidelines, customers may cancel their reservation and apply any unused value of the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket for a period of one year from the original ticket issuance. Applicable change fee and fare difference will apply for new travel dates. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity.

Delta is usually pretty good with allowing customers to rebook their own trips online without needing to call in (long wait periods) to ask an agent to do it.

Conclusion

Traditionally we’ll see much more of it in the upcoming winter season so the best is to always monitor or sign up for flight status alerts, especially if you fly through airports that are risk prone when it comes to winter weather.

It might also be a good idea to check your travel insurance again to familiarize yourself with possible coverage during such an event, be it through a policy you purchased outright or that comes with a premium credit card such as American Express Platinum or Chase Sapphire Reserve. It’s sometimes better to have an extra cushion and not having to rely on the airline to a 100% degree,

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