Travel Could Be Tough This Week

By djsheryl on December 20, 2022
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If you’re flying anywhere for Christmas, your plans may be changed by Mother Nature. With a “bomb cyclone” of wintry weather due to hit the Midwest and other regions later this week, airlines are issuing waivers, allowing affected passengers to change their tickets with no fees or penalties. Even though California is not expected to be hit by severe winter weather, planes flying here from another city may be delayed or cancelled, affecting your flight.

What to do? Check with your airline to see if your flight qualifies for a waiver and if you can, change your flight as soon as possible. If you wait, you may not have many options. If you proceed with your original flight plans, check with the airline before you go to the airport and give yourself plenty of time once you get there. SMF airport is saying their busiest days are going to be this Thursday and Friday (Dec. 22 and 23), so you’ll want to be there at least 2 hours early for US flights. You’ll need 3 hours if you are flying internationally.

For more info, you can check out the airlines’ websites: United, Delta, American, Southwest, Alaska, Jet Blue, and Spirit Airlines
Happy Holidays and safe travels!

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