Are travel waivers being severely limited? Or has this been going on for a long time?

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  1. ahappyelite

    ahappyelite Silver Member

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    Just noticing that American is making a weather waiver available to those flying out in the next couple of days "who can fly from March 17-21st?" I seem to remember you could push your flight back months later if you could not get out on the day the airline contracted you to fly. This looks like an extremely short and unfairly small window in which to travel? Can anyone clarify. It's especially distressing because these days if you are cancelled on the 17th, the next flight might not be until the 20th or 21st.
     
  2. alfagirl

    alfagirl Gold Member

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    Well, my husband just got out of the hospital with a bi-lateral pulmonary embolism and cannot fly for the foreseeable future, AA would not give us a refund! I guess they would rather he expire on one of their flights.......
     
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    tom911 Gold Member

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    I can't recall AA having a window for weather waivers that went months out. The ones I've seen have typically allowed you to push your travel back a week or so. Your other option might be a refund if your flight is cancelled.
     
  4. ahappyelite

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    Thanks. I seem to remember much more latitude to push back further. The value of the waivers should be you don't have to sit by the proverbial phone waiting for a cancellation. So if you make the first move, you only have a 72 hour window. A waiver is not a cancellation and if the flight goes and your not on it, your entire ticket is forfeited. Seems like a bit of a game of unnecessary chicken and drama.
     

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