Winter Storm Athena Travel Resources

Hurricane Sandy walloped the Northeast and now another winter storm “Athena” is about hit. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were affected. For people who are traveling to these areas we’ve partnered with Expedia to assemble a resource page with brand new information to help make your travels go smoother.

TOP STORIES

  • Airlines, airports regain footing after nor’easter
  • Approximately 55,000 new power outages have been reported in New York City and Westchester, approximately 20,000 in New Jersey and 60,000 in Long Island. The outages add to the large number of consumers who were already without power as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Despite the new outages, damage from the storm appears to have been minimal. Ground transportation disruptions are also less than expected, and roads and rail lines in New Jersey and New York City are largely clear. Continuing flight cancellations in New York City area airports have caused carry-over disruptions in other parts of the country.
  •  Winter Storm Athena Forecast Impacts

AIRLINE TRAVEL POLICIES FOR HURRICANE SANDY & ATHENA
Air Canada |  Air TranAlaska | American AirlinesBritish Airways | Delta | Frontier | Hawaiian | JetBlue | Southwest | Spirit | Sun Country|  United US Airways | Virgin America | WestJet Every Airline Website and Phone Number | Expedia’s resource for Airline Flexibility Policies

If you booked through an online travel agency, sites like Expedia have assembled crisis teams who are working overtime to make sure travelers have updated information from airlines that serve the east coast. But if you have non-urgent customer service issues, it’s a good idea to call in a few days so those with critical problems can get through as quickly as possible.

NEED TRAVEL ASSISTANCE?
If you need travel assistance, this is one of my favorite resources:
Cranky Concierge Air Travel Assistance | Expedia’s Customer Support

WHO TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER
It seems like everyone is tweeting about Hurricane Sandy but now that the storm has passed, here’s where you can find some of the best, most up-to-date information to answer questions about travel plans:
Live Airline Twitter Feed | Every Airline and Travel Resource on Twitter | @AmericanAir | @Delta@Expedia |@JetBlue | @Southwestair | @Spiritairlines | @United | @USAirways |@VirginAmerica | @PANYNJ | @RedCross | @FEMA

GROUND TRANSPORTATION
For questions about ground transportation following Hurricane Sandy, check out these links:
Amtrak | Greyhound | NYC Mass Transit

CRUISES
Cruise Ships | How Hurricane Sandy will affect cruises going forwardExpedia’s Hassle-free Hurricane Promise
Many people are wondering about the impact of Sandy on cruises and according to Expedia, very few have been cancelled. However, the ports might have changed so be sure to contact the cruise line.

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GOOD TO KNOW
Got questions about traveling, hotels, car rentals and flights? These links will point you in the right direction:

LIVE WEBCAMS
Manhattan Skyline | Connecticut Road Cams

HOW TO HELP
There are many ways you can help with relief efforts, following Hurricane Sandy.  Help #Sandy victims by texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation or visit rdcrss.org/OvLycy
Airlines reward customers who donate to Hurricane Sandy relief

NEWS AGENCIES
ABC | CNN | FOX | NBC | PBS | NPR |USA Today | NY Times | Washington Post | WSJ | IHT

 

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