Blizzard 2015: What you need to know if you’re traveling

Posted at 10:38 AM, Jan 26, 2015

The Northeast is bracing for a storm that is throwing off travel plans not only on the east coast, but around the nation. More than 3,000 flights have already been canceled.

A potentially “historic and destructive” nor’easter is expected to plow through New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts — including New York City and Boston — and cripple travel.

Forecasts call for between up to three feet of snow in those cities through Tuesday afternoon.

If you’re traveling, here’s what you need to know:

By train: Amtrak said train travelers should expect a “normal Monday schedule,” but it warned that delays and cancellations could be posted as the storm arrives. More from Amtrak.

By road: The storm is expected to make for slick roads by the Monday evening commute, including along major highways like I-70, I-80 I-84 and I-95. Authorities may close some in the New York area, like the Long Island Expressway.

By plane: As of Monday morning, nearly 1,800 flights on Monday and 1,600 flights on Tuesday had already been canceled, with the three major airports in the New York area most affected. Those cancellations will ripple out through the country.

–American Airlines and U.S. Airways: The airlines will let customers flying to or from two dozen Northeast airports rebook reservations made for Monday and Tuesday without a fee. The cities include Albany, Baltimore, Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. More from American.
–Delta Air Lines: The airline has canceled approximately 600 flights scheduled for Monday. Customers headed to or from airports along the east coast on Monday or Tuesday may rebook flights with no extra fee.

–Frontier Airlines: Customers traveling from airports in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and the Washington area may rebook without penalty.

–JetBlue: Customers may rebook travel into or out of certain cities in the Northeast for Monday and Tuesday.

–Southwest Airlines: Customers arriving to or departing from the Washington, D.C. area on Monday may rebook without a fee. Customers in the Northeast may make similar adjustments to their travel plans on for both Monday and Tuesday.

–Spirit Airlines: Travelers arriving at or departing from nine airports in the Northeast may reschedule their travel between now and February 3.

–United Airlines: The airline plans to run a full schedule out of Washington, D.C. on Monday, but operations will be limited at New York airports. United plans to cancel all flights Tuesday at Newark (a key hub in its operations), LaGuardia and JFK, as well as Boston and Philadelphia.

–Virgin America: Travelers headed into or out of Boston, New York, Newark or Washington airports on Tuesday may change their reservation without fees.