Like many airlines, Delta Air Lines has relaxed its change fees on its tickets due to coronavirus, and has currently has extended a change fee waiver on all flights booked through the end of July 31, 2020.
If you purchase a ticket before this date, you’re able to make changes without a change fee, however a difference in fare will apply if the new ticket is more expensive.
For the past several months, Delta has been waiving change fees on a monthly basis, which continues to be extended month after month, which begs the question, should Delta waive change fees permanently?
Delta’s plan is to waive these fees until travel picks up, but there’s no end in sight on when that will be, so rather take a reactive approach and extend the change fee waiver each month, why not announce a permanent change fee waiver.
It’s likely Delta will continue extending the waiver monthly into 2021 if they don’t permanently end change fees, as travel confidence won’t fully rebound until there’s an effective vaccine in place. If any of the big three airlines were to make this policy, it likely would be Delta, and it could benefit them in the long-haul with more bookings.
Even with a change fee waiver, Delta still collects a difference in fare, and based on trends, flights further out are slowly increasing in price, so even if you want to change your July booking till September, it’s likely you’d be hit with a difference in fare.
Southwest Airlines doesn’t charge change fees on any tickets, making it one of the most customer friendly airlines, so Delta would be in a more competitive playing field with Southwest if they were to also abolish these nasty fees.
If Delta was to announce a permanent change fee in place, it would drive more bookings over its competitors, and likely both United and American would follow.
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