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Airways Waiving Fees For Flight Changes

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Metro Airport travelers (WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas) FILE PHOTO

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ROMULUS (WWJ/AP) - Some airlines at Metro Detroit Airport are waiving the change fee for customers who must alter their flights due to severe Christmas weather.

The airlines hope that by waiving the fees, they can ease some travel burdens on fliers after a line of blizzard and winter storm warnings stretched from Arkansas up the Ohio River to New York and on to Maine. Flight cancellations and delays were reported at airports in Canada, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

US Airways and Delta Air Lines are canceling the charge, which could reach upwards of $150, for changing flights to and from 25 cities where there are flight delays and cancellations. The offer is available to travelers scheduled to fly Wednesday and Thursday. They must keep the same flight origin and destination, and the rescheduled flights must be by New Year’s Day.

United Airlines will waive change fee and fare differences for flights cancelled or delayed two hours or more. The waiver will only apply, however, if the rescheduled travel commences by December 31, 2012. For all other dates and ticket uses, the change fee will be waived, but a difference in fare may apply.

American Airlines does not currently have a travel waiver in place. If flights are canceled later Wednesday due to the weather, normal re-accommodation procedures will be followed.

Southwest Airlines says their fliers need not worry, as they don’t charge fees to change flights.

Has your flight been delayed or canceled? Check current flight statuses on CBSDetroit’s DTW Airport Tracker.

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