Delta Eliminates Change Fees on Domestic Flights

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Yesterday we shared United Airlines Permanently Eliminates Domestic Change Fees, and today Delta Air Lines has announced it will be eliminating change fees on flights within the United States, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

A couple months back I wrote Should Delta Waive Change Fees Indefinitely and clearly their team felt the same way. Unlike United Airlines who announced this will be a permanent change, Delta just mentions its eliminating change fees, so well it’s hopeful to think this will be forever, it gives way for the airline to tack on these fees at a later time.

Per Delta,

The elimination of change fees is effective immediately and includes tickets purchased for travel within the domestic U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands in Delta’s First Class, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin, with the exception of Basic Economy tickets.  

Additionally, Delta will extend its waiver on change fees for newly purchased flights, including international flights and Basic Economy fares, through the end of the year and will extend its expiration on travel credits through December 2022 for tickets booked before April 17, 2020.

Delta will extend its waiver on change fees for newly purchased flights, including international flights and Basic Economy fares, through the end of the year and will extend its expiration on travel credits through December 2022 for tickets booked before April 17, 2020.

Bottom Line

It’s great to see Delta follow United’s lead in waiving change fees on domestic flights. We’ll like see American Airlines and JetBlue make similar announcements in the coming days.

One thing to note is unlike United Airlines, Delta didn’t make any changes to its same day travel fees, meaning same day standby is still $75 per person, which is waived for Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallions.

What are your thoughts about Delta eliminating change fees? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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