Travelers have long odds of getting on a flight ahead of this winter storm, but they're not without options to troubleshoot their plans.
Airlines have been preemptively canceling flights ahead of the storm, which is expected to generate blizzard conditions while dumping more than 2 feet of snow between New York and Boston. More than 2,800 flights within, into or out of the U.S. were canceled Monday, according to FlightAware.com, and another 2,500 on Tuesday.
"It's preordained that it's going to be a nasty, nasty storm," said Paul Walsh, vice president of weather analytics for The Weather Channel, an NBCUniversal company. About 28 million people in the Northeast are currently in areas under blizzard warnings, said Walsh. "That's like Donner-party weather," he said. "Plan on not traveling."
If you were scheduled to fly Monday or Tuesday, reach out to the airline about rescheduling your trip, said Patrick Surry, chief data scientist of travel deal site Hopper.com. Don't wait until your flight is canceled. Major airlines including American, Delta, United and JetBlue have already announced that they will waive change fees for travelers ticketed to fly through affected East Coast airports on Monday or Tuesday. If your flight was already canceled, you're entitled to a full refund if you opt not to reschedule.