Delta Air Lines is following in the footsteps of the JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, and American Airlines as the latest airline to announce some relief given the recent Coronavirus situation. Delta will be waiving change fees on all international tickets purchased from between March 1 and March 31.
Unlike American Airlines, this only covers their international flights, so domestic flights within the United States are not applicable for this waiver. It’s only a matter of time before United Airlines makes a similar announcement.
We realize customers have questions about the ongoing COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak and the possibility of further government travel restrictions. In response, Delta will waive change fees for all flights booked between March 1 and 31 to any international destination the airline serves.
This travel waiver allows customers to make a one-time change to their itinerary without incurring a fee. The waiver applies to all travel outside the U.S. as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. See more details on delta.com.
As concerns continue about COVID-19, we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety and welfare of customers.
Delta is in constant contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, the world’s foremost experts on communicable diseases, as well as health officials in the affected areas, and we are following their guidance.
Delta’s waiver only applies to international destinations, however it’s interesting they’re including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the waiver. Depending on the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S., we may see this waiver expanded to include travel with the United States at a later time.
Do you plan to cut back on booking international travel? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below about Delta’s waiver for the coronavirus and any travel restrictions you’re facing.