Delta is giving travelers another month to book travel worry-free, extending its free changes and cancellation to all tickets booked by July 31 – including for flights as far out as May 2021.
That means you could change any ticket without paying hefty fees so long as you book by July 31. Or cancel it and get a voucher that lasts for a year. Critically, even award tickets booked using SkyMiles qualify for free change or cancellation.
Delta is also offering free changes to any previously booked flight for domestic and international travel scheduled through Sept. 30, 2020. You can cancel for free and get a voucher for the value of your ticket – and you’ve now got two full years to use those vouchers before they expire in September 2022.
Read why you should wait before canceling flights – especially if you want a refund rather than a voucher.
Airlines left and right are granting these waivers to reassure anxious travelers – and convince them to keep buying tickets. Delta was the first major U.S. carrier to apply these waivers retroactively for upcoming travel, though other airlines have eventually matched that policy.
And these waivers keep getting extended as airlines concede normal travel is unlikely to resume anytime soon.
What Delta Flights are Eligible to Be Changed or Canceled?
Delta has steadily expanded its waivers to be more and more generous as travelers plan to stay home.
All Delta flights for all domestic travel through September can be changed or canceled for free. Have an international trip on the books? All international flights through September can also be changed or canceled for free, too.
When you choose to cancel an upcoming flight, you’ll get a voucher for future travel – not a refund. But Delta has extended the validity of these eCredits: The eCredits you get from canceling any flight between now and September 30 will last until September 2022!
If you’re trying to plan future trips in these uncertain times, Delta is also waiving change fees for all tickets booked throughout from now through July 31 for future travel. That means you could book a ticket in the next month for travel as far out as May 2021 and change or cancel it down the line. And with flight prices dropping worldwide, it could make sense – so long as you’re planning far, far out in advance.
One important note: When you cancel for a voucher, each individual traveler will get the value of their ticket back in their SkyMiles wallet. It won’t all go back to the person who bought the tickets.
Read more about how to find and use these eCredits and vouchers
The waivers mean you can change your trip for free or cancel your eligible trip and get a voucher for the value of your ticket. In this case, a voucher is good for a year from the issue date. You may still have to pay a fare difference if you change to a more expensive flight.
“From offering change-fee waivers for impacted and upcoming travel to supporting social distancing on board, Delta is committed to taking steps to ensure we’re protecting customers during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Delta said in a statement.
See how other major airlines in the U.S. and abroad are giving travelers more flexibility.
With Delta, those fees are typically at least $200 on international flights – and often much more. You generally have to pay $150 to cancel an award ticket to get your SkyMiles back.
Delta was quick to come out with the most generous policy we’ve seen from U.S. airlines to give travelers more flexibility. While it’s not as simple as it may seem, you should still be able to change or cancel your flights without getting charged.
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