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Airlines waive flight change fees amid 921 cancellations, 7,700 delays in Thanksgiving storm

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As a powerful winter storm continued to rage over the weekend with a nor'easter forming off the New England coast and the Midwest expecting more heavy snow, airlines are offering waivers to their customers.

As of 11:59 p.m. EST, 921 flights within, into or out of the United States on Sunday have been cancelled, with an additional 7,722 delays, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware

The National Weather Service said the weekend winter storm could make travel impossible in some places. Six to 12 inches of snow was expected from northeast New Jersey to Connecticut, with "impactful amounts of snow" Sunday into Monday in Boston and the interior of New England.  

a car parked in a parking lot covered in snow: A jet passes snow-covered cars parked at Denver International Airport on Nov. 26, 2019, in Denver. Flights were delayed and rescheduled due to a winter storm that dropped nearly a foot of snow in the city. © Joe Mahoney, Getty Images A jet passes snow-covered cars parked at Denver International Airport on Nov. 26, 2019, in Denver. Flights were delayed and rescheduled due to a winter storm that dropped nearly a foot of snow in the city.

And it's a busy travel weekend. Dec. 1 is likely to be American Airlines' second-busiest day of the year, spokesman Ross Feinstein told USA TODAY. 

From Nov. 30 through Dec. 3, American Airlines had more than 27,000 departures scheduled with more than 2.6 million customers. 

Feinstein said the airline has issued a travel alert for more than 40 airports, including its New York and Philadelphia hubs.

Airlines offering waivers

The waivers that airlines, including American, are issuing give travelers who have booked flights on specific dates heading to and from certain cities the option to change or cancel their flights for no fee during the storms.

Here's a look what some airlines are offering: 

Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff and Doug Stanglin 

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