(CNN) — US airlines have issued travel waivers ahead of what’s forecast to be a brutal “bomb cyclone” of wintry weather in the Midwest and other regions later this week.
Many airlines are allowing limited, no-charge itinerary changes related to the expected storms.
“One of the things you can do as a traveler is make that switch as soon as possible,” said Scott Keyes, the founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights. Keyes noted that flights are more full than they were pre-pandemic in 2019, so there are not as many seats to switch to if your flight is disrupted.
Here’s what airlines are doing to account for the winter weather:
• By Tuesday morning, United Airlines, headquartered in Chicago, was offering four separate winter weather waivers: One in the Midwest, one for Texas, one for the East Coast and another for Central and Northwest United States.
Passengers check in for United Airlines flights at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on December 13.
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Top image: Travelers arrive for flights at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on December 16. Chicago could be hit hard by a winter “bomb cyclone” this coming week. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)