Asks airlines and cruise operators to reimburse or waive penalty charges.
Story by Tara Conry.
Do you pull your child out of school or cancel the family vacation you had planned?
That's the question some parents are now facing as many school districts across the region, Levittown
and Island Trees
have opted to take back some or all of the scheduled vacation days in
February to make up for the instructional time lost due to Hurricane
Sandy and the Nor'easter.
To give a break to those families who do opt to send their kids to
school, Sen. Chuck Schumer sent letters to airlines and cruise line
companies Wednesday, urging them to set-up programs to reimburse or
waive penalty charges for those families who have to cancel their trips
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Schumer told The Daily News
"We literally got more than 100 calls from people who have been
planning these vacations for a long time, and now because of Sandy, they
have to work or send their kids to school ... It's like adding insult
to injury. These are not wealthy people. They generally have
According to The News, Delta Airlines quickly responded to Schumer's
request, and is letting customers with tickets purchased prior to Nov.
19 and departing from La Guardia, JFK, Newark, White Plains or Newburgh
between Feb. 15 and Feb. 24 to reschedule without a change fee.
also can choose to get a Delta credit for the purchase amount, spokeswoman Leslie Scott explained, telling The News that "it's the
right thing to do."
JetBlue also announced this week that it would waive its change fee
or offer travel credits for customers who purchased tickets to travel to
or from New York Metropolitan Airports (JFK, LaGuardia, Newark,
Newburgh, White Plains) between Feb. 14 and Feb. 25, 2013. These
customers can voluntarily rebook their flights (They will be responsible
for the difference in airfare, if any) without incurring a change fee
or they can cancel their trip and receive a travel bank credit
by calling 800-JETBLUE (800-538-2583) by Dec. 31, 2012.
must have been booked on or before Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
Other airlines, including American, reportedly were still reviewing Schumer's request.
Did you have a vacation planned for the February break? What will you do now? Tell us in the comments section below.
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