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Boston Travel News, Alerts & What You Need To Know Now

Boston TravelYesterday the unthinkable happened. I was sitting on a conference call, listening in when my friend messaged me, “Something horrible is happening in boston. Bomb.”

My heart dropped.

Of course I Googled it immediately and had to catch my breath. The horror, the unthinkable. An 8-year-old boy, gone. I couldn’t read on. I still can’t bring myself to read anymore. I won’t look at the photos. I won’t read on. I can’t.

This afternoon in the midst of my work-day I thought of something that I could do. Lord knows it isn’t much, but maybe just maybe this information will help someone. I’ve rounded up all the travel news and updates in the Boston area. From airlines and hotels waiving their fees to heightened security, it’s all here and if you have another tip or more information, please feel free to share and I will update this list.

Also? Go hug your kids. Tell your family that you love them. Life is so short…

Airlines waiving travel fees (click on the name for more info):


When: Flights booked for April 15-17

Good for: Up to three days from original departure date

Air Canada

When: Flights booked for April 15-16

Good for: Very flexible

Alaska Airlines

When: Flights booked for: April 15-16

Good for: Travel by April 20

American Airlines

When: Flights booked for: April 15-17

Good for: April 16-20

Delta Air Lines

When: Flights booked for: April 15-17

Good for: Up to April 20. After April 20, there will still be no change fee but they may charge a fare difference.


When: Flights booked for: April 15-17

Good for:  Up to April 20

Porter Airlines

When: Flights booked for: Varies

Good for: Doesn’t specify

Southwest Airlines

When: Flights booked for April 15-17

Good for: There are never any change fees with Southwest, however you won’t be charged a difference in fare with their waiver.

United Airlines

When: Flights booked for: April 15-17

Good for: The change fees and fare differences will be waived for same-day flight changes within 24-hours of original departure date. After that the change fee will still be waived for travel up to a period of one-year but they will charge a fare difference.

US Airways

When: Flights booked for: April 15-17

Good for: Flights up until April 21

Virgin America

When: Flights booked for: April 15-16

Good for: Travel through April 20

US Airways: April 15-17 (travel April 15-21; Change fee is waived, but fare difference may be charged.)
Virgin America: April 15-17 (Travel through April 20; No charge.)


Starwood Hotels have increased their security at their hotels in Boston, Washington and New York. Here is a list of other hotels who are waiving cancellation fees for last-minute re-bookings.

  • Fairmont Hotels: 800-527-4727
  • Four Seasons: 800-332-3442
  • Hilton Hotels: 800-445-8667
  • Hyatt Hotels: 800-233-1234
  • InterContinental Hotels: 800-327-0200
  • Kimpton: 800-546-7866
  • Marriott: 800-831-1000
  • Preferred Hotels: 800-323-7500
  • Ritz-Carlton: 800-241-3333
  • Sheraton Hotels: 800-325-3535
  • W Hotels: 877-946-8357
  • Westin Hotels: 800-325-3535
  • Wyndham Hotels: 800-545-5545

Source: The Guardian & Boston.com

Photo credit: Flickr/Funky Tee

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