Airlines Offer Travel Waivers to Passengers Affected During Chicago Winter Storm and Super Bowl

A severe winter storm will impact Chicago this weekend. The storm is expected to last through Sunday. Airlines are offering travel waivers for passengers scheduled that may have their plans interrupted. Below is a list of the current major carriers travel waivers:

United Airlines


  • Chicago-O’Hare, IL (ORD)​

February 3, 2018 – February 4, 2018

Flight changes: The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before February 7, 2018, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.​​

United has issued the following warning for travelers in Minneapolis:

The Super Bowl will be held in Minneapolis on Sunday, February 4. We anticipate high travel volumes at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International from February 3 through February 5, so please allow additional time for check-in and security processing. All customers traveling with an animal must use the North checkpoint.
We also ask that you place any souvenirs, such as programs and team merchandise, in your carry-on baggage, as the hologram stickers may set off checked-baggage security sensors.
For more travel recommendations, visit the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport’s website.
The airport expects its busy day on record and wants travelers to follow the 5-4-3-2-1 gameplan.
  • 5 HOURS BEFORE DEPARTURE: Check out of your hotel.
  • 4 HOURS BEFORE DEPARTURE: Turn in your rental car.
  • 3 HOURS BEFORE DEPARTURE: Check your bags at ticket counter.
  • 2 HOURS BEFORE DEPARTURE: Get in line at TSA security.
  • 1 HOUR BEFORE DEPARTURE: Be at your gate.

American Airlines

If you’re traveling to/through/from:

  • Chicago, Illinois (ORD)

The change fee may be waived if you:

  • Are traveling on an American Airlines flight
  • Bought your ticket by February 1, 2018
  • Are scheduled to travel February 3 – 4, 2018
  • Can travel February 1 – 7, 2018
  • Don’t change your origin or destination city
  • Rebook in the same cabin or pay the difference

Change your trip

If your trip is eligible, you can change it online. Here’s how:

  • Find your trip
  • If your trip is eligible, you’ll see the option to ‘change trip’ in the toolbar

Call Reservations

Call Reservations to change your trip.

Neither Delta Airlines or Southwest Airlines have issued advisories in regards to this weather.

To all you affected by the storm, traveling or not, my thoughts are with you. If you are a traveler, please contact your airline so that you can be rerouted, compensated, or both. At the very least, you will be able to stay inside to watch all of the Super Bowl coverage Sunday.


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