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8 tips to ease winter travel woes

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Travelers walk across a snow-covered parking lot at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday.
Julio Cortez/AP
Travelers walk across a snow-covered parking lot at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday.

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More than 2,000 flights have been canceled Friday

Follow airports and airlines on social media for the latest updates

Patience and common sense are your best bets for safe travels

CNN —  

The arctic weather just keeps pounding people on the move.

Here are some tips to ease the trip home, but above all else, patience – and caution – will be key.

Rebook your flight for free. Airlines rolled out their customary winter weather waivers this week, so most passengers traveling to, from or through affected areas can make one itinerary change without paying a change fee. Delta, American, US Airways, United, Southwest/AirTran and JetBlue have all posted weather policies on their websites.

Act quickly. Rebook your itinerary as soon as possible. Other passengers are snapping up open seats as you mull over a new itinerary. Be sure that your airline has your e-mail address and phone number, advises Rick Seaney, CEO of airfare tracker FareCompare.com. If you didn’t provide this information when you purchased the ticket, go online and add it.

Follow your airline and airport on social media. Many airlines and airports post the speediest updates to their Twitter feeds, so start following them now. Sign up for airline alerts to get flight updates e-mailed to your smartphone.