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Delta Extends Some Reservations’ Change Policy for Two Years

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Delta Air Lines announced today it’s “waiving all change fees for travel impacted by coronavirus.”

“This applies to all domestic and international travel departing in March, April or May 2020,” the airline explained in a statement, “as well as all tickets purchased between March 1 and May 31, 2020.”

Here’s how it breaks down:

Travel Purchased Between March 1 and May 31, 2020

Tickets originally purchased between March 1 and May 31, 2020, can be changed without a change fee for up to a year from the purchase date. However, fare differences may apply.

U.S. Domestic Travel Scheduled to Depart in March, April or May 2020

Change fees are waived. Plus, you can rebook your trip to the same destination for travel departing before May 31, 2020, with no difference in fare applied.

But for trips rebooked to the same destination for travel departing June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2022, a difference in fare will apply.

“If you’d like to change your destination,” Delta says, “or if you don’t know when you want to travel, you may cancel without a fee and use your credit to book a new flight at a later date.”

Travel to/from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will qualify for the international ticket flexibility policy.

New tickets must be reissued and travel must be completed by May 31, 2022.

International Travel Scheduled to Depart in March, April, or May 2020

Change fees are waived if you rebook your trip to the same destination for travel departing before May 31, 2020, with no difference in fare applied.

But for trips rebooked to the same destination for travel departing June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2022, a difference in fare will apply.

You can also cancel without a fee and use the resulting credit to book a new flight at a later date.

Similar to the above, travel to/from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will qualify for the international ticket flexibility policy.

New tickets must be reissued and travel must be completed by May 31, 2022.

What About June 1 or Later?

Delta says to check back later.

Will Delta Extend Elite Status, Too?

The most frequently asked question — by a long shot — we receive is Will Delta extend elite status another year?

We don’t know. (FWIW, Hyatt extended their elite status for another year.) Would it be nice if Delta granted Medallions another year of elite status? Of course.

Should we plan on it?

No.

Frankly, I hope we’re all still alive by the time it really matters.

— Chris

 

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2 Comments

  1. What if you have a credit for 2G and Delta files for bankruptcy? I assume your credit is worthless.

    • @Jim – Jumping in here on this one. All we can do is look at is past experience. Delta credits, like SkyMiles, are outside of normal creditors if/(WHEN) they file i.e. you are unlikely to lose the credit unless the airline stops flying. The only other possible issue would be a merger with another airline and they not honor the credit but I see that as highly unlikely. Bottom line: you are likely fine if you have a voucher and can spend it up to till the day it expires and fly it up to 1 year past that date as well.

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