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Airlines waive flight change fees as pre-Thanksgiving storm nears

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Major U.S. airlines are getting ready for a rough travel day, waiving certain fees for passengers set to fly in the midst of what is looking to be a messy winter storm.

American Airlines, Delta and United will not charge passengers to change their Wednesday  flights to dates before or after the storm is set to hit.

The cities affected include: Albany, Baltimore, Boston, Hartford, New Haven, NY Kennedy, NY LaGuardia, Newark, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., among others. Click on the links above for details regarding each airline's exemptions.

A wintry mix of rain and snow is expected to start falling about 5 a.m. Wednesday with the precipitation turning to snow at about noon. The storm should move out by 12 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, but that may be too late for thousands of holiday travelers who will have to reroute or reschedule.

"There is no reliable form of travel when you're up against weather systems," said Robert Sinclair, a spokesman with autoclub AAA.

While travelers may not be able to compete against nature, they can plan ahead.

AAA travel predicts 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend. That's the highest volume for the holiday since 2007.

"Best advice for travelers is to leave early," Sinclair said. "It's always better to be at your destination as early as possible."

With unpredictable winter weather rolling in, travelers sure you call their airline immediately, look for alternate routes, and if they're heading into or our of NYC, try to switch to another airport, such as Philadelphia or Boston if they're clear of bad weather.