Travel Warnings

CNN Reports on the Snowstorms and Travel

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An article on CNN.com addresses the current snowstorm and how it is impacting travel.

More than 500 flights have been canceled at Chicago, Illinois’, O’Hare International Airport, where airlines are reporting delays of 45 minutes or more for flights in and out.

Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines has canceled all flights at Chicago’s Midway International Airport from Tuesday morning through Wednesday.

Delta Air Lines is planning a significant reduction of flights to Washington and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, starting Tuesday afternoon, said spokesman Anthony Black. The airline canceled 375 flights nationwide even as it was dealing with a backlog of passengers after the weekend’s messy weather.

“We’re still re-accommodating from last week’s storm,” Black said.

Delta will make a decision about Wednesday’s cancellations early Tuesday evening, he added.

Meanwhile, American Airlines has canceled 80 flights into and out of Washington and Philadelphia on Tuesday night, said spokesman Tim Wagner. In addition, 120 flights into and out of both cities have been pre-emptively canceled for Wednesday.

The airline is holding off on cancellations at New York-area airports and in Boston, Massachusetts, until there is more information about how the weather system progresses.

United Airlines canceled almost 800 flights Tuesday due to weather, said spokeswoman Sarah Massier. US Airways scrubbed 135 flights Tuesday and 380 flights scheduled Wednesday, said spokesman Andrew Christie.

Travel insurance can provide relief when travel plans are affected by extreme weather.

Travel delay coverage will reimburse the traveler for expenses incurred while delayed due to inclement weather.  Lodging, local transportation, meals and phone calls are examples of eligible expenses.  Most plans require that a set amount of time pass before the coverage is available.

Trip interruption can help the traveler recoup the sunk costs of unused travel arrangements.  This will normally be a pro-rated amount if only a portion of the trip is missed.  Trip cancellation coverage can reimburse the total trip cost, if enough of the trip went unused.

The missed connection benefit can assist the traveler be reimbursing the cost of catching up to the trip.  Like travel delay, a set amount of time must pass before this benefit is available.  Always refer to the certificate of insurance for details.