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This is a post in our series of Delta Secrets we’ve learned over the last 11 years flying this great airline that just happens to have a more “interesting” way to find flights you want to take at the miles you want to spend.
One of the things that people notice about Delta is their high change fees requiring folks traveling in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S> Virgin Islands to fork over $200 to change their dates. Granted, if you think you might need to change your flight, there are refundable tickets.
Based on the fare rules, you may have to pay a service fee and/or a difference in fare. For travel within the 50 United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the fee is $200 for Delta-marketed flights.
For travel outside the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the change fee for Delta-marketed flights is typically $200 to $400, but can vary based on location and type of fare. Changes are usually permitted only to the return portion of an international itinerary.
How To Change Delta Flights For Free
Option 1: Wait for a schedule change
I never worry about booking complex awards like my double connection flight to French Polynesia or a complex low level Business Class award to Italy. The reason is because when Delta makes you select multiple segments and flights just to get to your destination at the lower level of miles, it drastically increases the chances that one of your flights will have a schedule change causing you to miss a flight or have a tight connection.
When this happens, call up Delta and request to get on the more direct route to your destination.
Option 2: Check Travel Alerts & Advisories
If you are traveling to, from or through an affected area, like Tel Aviv this week, check Delta’s Travel Alerts and Advisories to see what dates you can change your ticket without fee, otherwise known as free.
Currently there are travel advisories for 3 areas:
- Mid Atlantic & Northeast for various cities
- Typhoon Rammasun for Manila, Philippines
- Tel Aviv, Isreal
Each of the alerts and advisories details the cities that are eligible for flight changes and during which travel period.
So if you are traveling to, from or through an affected area, check out the Travel Alert & Advisory page over at Delta.
Buying a refundable ticket is more costly than buying a non-refundable ticket, and spending more money isn’t fun. But if you find yourself in a situation where you may need to change your flight, consider if your ticket meets either of the options above to see if you can change your ticket for free.
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