Delta offers Same-Day Confirmed flight changes for those who want to make changes to their flights within 24 hours of the original scheduled flight.
Per Delta, these changes mean that you’re making a flight change within 24 hours of your originally scheduled departure time and flying within the United States, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Here’s how Same-Day Confirmed works:
- If a seat is available in your originally purchased fare class, you can change your ticket to a confirmed seat on a new flight.
- Same-day confirmed fee starts at $75 USD, depending on ticket type
- Same-day confirmed is complimentary for Diamond, Platinum & Gold Medallion Members
Additional Rules Include the following:
- You can use the Same-Day Confirmed option for travel within the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Delta and Delta Connection flights. It is not available for international flights.
- You may request a same-day flight change within 24 hours prior to the departure time of your original flight; however, changes are limited to flights departing on the same day of ticketed departure
- If you have a refundable ticket, you may be able to change your itinerary without a fee
- If you have a Main Cabin ticket, you can only standby for a seat in Main Cabin — not in First Class or another premium cabin
- If you have a premium cabin fare like Delta One, Delta Premium Select or First Class you may make a Same-Day Confirmed change as long as a seat is available in the cabin purchased or a lower cabin
- If you are traveling in Delta Comfort+ , you may make a same-day confirmed change as long as a seat is available in Delta Comfort+
- If there is not a seat available in Delta Comfort+, you may be eligible to make a Same-Day Confirmed change in a Main Cabin seat, if available
- Origin and/or destination changes are not available for a Same-Day Confirmed change. Same-City/Co-terminals (ex. LaGuardia Airport to John F. Kennedy Airport) changes are not available for a Same-Day Confirmed change.
- Same-Day Confirmed changes from connection to nonstop flights are not permitted
- Basic Economy fares (E) are not eligible for Same-Day Confirmed travel changes
The biggest frustration with Same-Day Confirmed in my personal experience as well as this lengthy Flyertalk thread has to do with making changes when you’re on a First Class ticket. Per the policy, in order to make this change all that is needed is another first class seat on a similar flight NOT the original fare class.
However, for whatever reason, newer agents don’t seem to be aware on this policy and their system doesn’t always allow for an automatic change and requires a manual reissue. However, the agents will claim that the fare class isn’t available which is incorrect. You can do your best asking for a supervisor and pointing about the policy on the website.
This also applies to RUC’s which have been confirmed into First Class. This is considered a paid first class ticket, and should only require cabin availability on your desired flight.
Here’ to hoping Delta updates it system to recognize that both paid first class tickets and those with confirmed regional upgrades allow changes based on cabin availability. In the meantime, I hope Delta does a better job training its agents on this policy.
Have you experienced issues with Delta reservations agents now allowing same day confirm changes on First Class tickets? Feel free to share your experience in the comments below.