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Travel Alert January 2022: Winter Weather Affects Various Parts of United States and Southern Canada

Updates on travel waivers issued by airlines herald in the new year.

Airlines have issued travel waivers for many regions in the United States and southern Canada, so you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to a massive winter weather system which has been bringing both snow and frigid air across both countries.

Travel Alert January 2022: Winter Weather Affects Various Parts of United States and Southern Canada

Up to 18 states are expected to be affected by the enormous storm, with as much as a foot of snow expected from portions of central Colorado to across northern Maine through Sunday, January 2, 2022 for cities such as Chicago, Denver, and Milwaukee — up to two feet of snow can possibly fall in higher elevations and local areas — while up to six inches of snow is forecast from northern New Mexico all the way to southern Québec for cities such as Des Moines, Detroit, Toronto, and Ottawa; and up to three inches of snow is predicted from Arizona all the way to the Canadian Maritime provinces…

…but frigid air is expected to cover the regions after the snow and could break low temperature records in a number of cities, as high temperatures can be cooler than normal by as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

The unusually cold winter weather is only adding to the thousands of cancellations and delays of flights which have been plaguing airlines in the United States since Christmas Eve on Friday, December 24, 2021. Thousands more flights have already been canceled due to weather — greater than 800 flights in Chicago alone for today, Saturday, January 1, 2022.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from the aforementioned regions of the United States or southern Canada over the next week or so, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this winter weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are eight airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • Alaska Airlines has issued a:
    • Travel alert for Seattle for Wednesday, December 22, 2021 through Sunday, January 16, 2022; and Sunday, January 16, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Travel waiver for all destinations for Wednesday, December 22, 2021 through Wednesday, February 16, 2022, as all fees for cancellations of flights or changes in itineraries will be waived.
  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Chicago for Saturday, January 1, 2022; and Thursday, January 6, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Seattle for Saturday, December 25, 2021 through Monday, January 3, 2022; and Thursday, January 6, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Detroit for Saturday, January 1, 2022 through Sunday, January 2, 2022; and Thursday, January 6, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
    • Chicago for Saturday, January 1, 2022 through Monday, January 3, 2022; and Thursday, January 6, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • 19 airports in four states in the Rocky Mountain region for Friday, December 31, 2021; and Tuesday, January 4, 2022 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for:
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel waiver for all destinations for Tuesday, December 28, 2021 through Monday, January 31, 2022, as all fees for cancellations of flights or changes in itineraries will be waived — reportedly due at least in part to the proactive cancellation of up to 90 flights per day.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for:
  • WestJet Airways has issued travel alerts for Montréal, Québec City, southern Ontario, and the east coast of Canada for Saturday, January 1, 2022 through Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Final Boarding Call

Expect the cancellations or delays of flights to continue in general until further notice.

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

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