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Airline offers travel waivers ahead of California storm

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With a big storm just beginning, United Airlines is issuing "travel waivers" for travelers who'd rather reschedule flights than face possible delays and cancellations.

A representative with United told KSBY the waivers are used when a big weather event is anticipated.

According to United Airlines' website, passengers can reschedule their flights for Friday and Saturday, but flights can only depart as late as February 21. The advantage is that no fees will be applied.

The airline flies in and out of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport and Santa Barbara Airport.

"We had to do that the day we came out here because we had a foot of snow the day we were supposed to come out," Lorey Sanicola of New York said Thursday.

While waiting to board her flight in San Luis Obispo, Sanicola said the travel waiver with United Airlines was available when she flew from New York to California.

"They sent me an email before it even started snowing and said that the flight was canceled, so we just rebooked for a day later," Sanicola said.

If she was set to fly amid bad weather, Claudia Grant says she wouldn't chance flight cancellations.

"I think I would just go ahead and take the offer," Grant said. Even for someone who is in the air frequently, Mother Nature hasn't put a damper on her travels.

"We flew in December to Boston again and we've just been hitting it in between storms," Grant said.

Kevin Bumen, director of airports for San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, offers this advice if you're planning to catch your flight this rainy weekend:

"Check with the airline early, check with them often, and make sure that before you leave home, you have an idea of what you're going to be confronted with during your travel."

To change or cancel a flight with United Airlines, call 1-800-UNITED 1.

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