Delta gets rid of change fees permanently for flights within U.S.


Delta Air Lines announced Monday that the airline is permanently getting rid of change fees for flights within the United States.

The company started eliminating the fees in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve said before that we need to approach flexibility differently than this industry has in the past, and today’s announcement builds on that promise to ensure we’re offering industry-leading flexibility, space and care to our customers,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a news release. “We want our customers to book and travel with peace of mind, knowing that we’ll continue evaluating our policies to maintain the high standard of flexibility they expect.

The new policy went into effect immediately and included 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 tickets, with the exception of Basic Economy.

The airline said it will also 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 the expiration on travel credits through Dec. 2022 for tickets booked before April 17, 2020.

United Airlines announced on Sunday that it was implementing a similar policy. American Airlines followed suit Monday as well.

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