POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 10:04am
UPDATED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 10:05am
Hurricane Sandy grounded thousands of flights in the U.S. northeast Monday and upended travel plans across the globe, stranding passengers from Hong Kong to Europe.
Most travelers whose flights were canceled due to Hrricane Sandy can rebook them for free.
United Airlines, for instance, is allowing those ticketed to fly in and out of 26 airports from Charleston, South Carolina, up to Portland, Maine between October 28 and 31 to reschedule their flights by November 4 with no change fee.
Other airlines are making similar offers, though with slight variations.
American will allow fee-free travel changes for the same dates and affecting 22 airports, the southernmost being in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, and the northernmost being Buffalo, New York.
Then there’s Delta, which will allow flexibility for those traveling to or from coastal states from South Carolina up through New York. U.S. Airways is waiving its change fees involving travel to and from 44 airports from Monday through Wednesday.
JetBlue’s offer for the metropolitan New York and Washington areas applies only to October 29 and 30, and requires travelers to rebook by November 1.
According to Flightaware.com the storm has caused airlines to cancel more than 7,400 flights along the East coast since Sunday.
Travelers can get specific details from each carrier.