With tens of thousands of passengers looking for alternative flights following three days of weather-related cancellations, rebooking may go on for days, experts say. "I don't ever remember 12,000 flights being canceled at one time," due to weather, says George Hobica of Airfarewatchdog.com, who thinks it will take three to five days to accommodate all the displaced passengers. One possible plus: Recent mergers have created larger networks for the airlines, allowing more options to rebook passengers through multiple hubs.

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