• Joe Breitfeller

Delta Air Lines Eliminates International Change Fees, Offers More Booking Flexibility

The airline is permanently eliminating change fees for international travel from North America and extending their existing change fee waiver on all tickets purchased through March 30, 2021.


Delta Air Lines Airbus A330 - Courtesy Delta Air Lines

On Wednesday (December 9, 2020), Delta Air Lines announced the permanent elimination of international change fees for customers traveling from North America. The carrier has also extended their existing change fee waiver for all tickets purchased through March 30, 2021, for domestic or international travel at any time, to any destination. As previously announced, Delta has extended the blocking of middle seats and is limiting onboard capacity through March 30, 2021, providing guests with additional peace of mind as they resume traveling. In Wednesday’s announcement, Delta Air Lines CEO, Ed Bastian, said,


“No year has better demonstrated the value of flexibility than this one. Our approach has always been to put people first, which is why we’re extending our current change fee waiver and making lasting changes to our practices, so customers have the trust and confidence they need long after the pandemic ends.”


Customers traveling with Delta can now expect no change fees for travel originating from North America to anywhere in the world, including flights operated by joint venture and codeshare partners (Basic Economy fares are excluded). The new policy follows the carrier’s announcement of the elimination of change fees for U.S. domestic, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands travel. Delta has also eliminated the $150 charge to cancel and/or reissue an award ticket and eliminated the 72 hour change or cancellation requirement. Customers can also use the remaining balance of their ticket as a credit towards future Delta travel, similar to a store credit. Additionally, Delta has extended travel credits through December 2022, for travel originally scheduled to depart after March 1st, 2020, providing the ticket was purchased before April 17, 2020.


Delta guests can conveniently make changes to their itinerary via ‘My Trips’ on the Fly Delta app. Delta Air Lines has implemented over 100 health and safety measures through the ‘Delta CareStandard’ program to ensure the health and wellbeing of guests and team members throughout their journey. The carrier has also made it easier to plan future travel with confidence through a new interactive map detailing the latest regulations and requirements.



Source: Delta Air Lines