[Matched By American And United] Delta Waiving Fare Difference On International Tickets To Beat The New US COVID Testing Requirement

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The CDC announced yesterday that starting for arrivals into the US on 1/26, a negative COVID test (rapid or PCR) from within the past 3 days will be required for everyone 2 or older. Failure to provide a negative test or proof of a positive test from within 3 months with a Doctor’s clearance to travel will result in denied boarding.

In response, Delta will allow people who have tickets booked before today for travel through February 9th to change their trips to begin or conclude on January 25th or earlier. While many airlines are currently waiving change fees, Delta will also waive the difference in fare.

Changes can be made from now through January 25th.

HT: D93

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If I booked on priceline would they waive the difference ?


I have an award ticket for January 25 jfk-tlv will they allow me to change it even no award available?


Is there a reason you don’t want to call them?



Delta fan

“Delta will allow people who have tickets booked before today for travel through February 9th”

Why February 9th? What about people who bought tickets to travel travel through March and April why wouldn’t they wave the change fee as well?


My assumption is that people booked for April won’t change to January to avoid testing, but making a trip 2 weeks earlier is something they’d consider.

Delta fan

don’t think so, avoid testing is a deal breaker for most People, its hard enough to comply with outbound international flights to test proof regulation and we will see lots of cancelation because of this new CDC policy unless they wave the change fee difference for the next few months.


Wow! Waiving change fees is one thing. Never did I expect an airline waive a fare difference albeit for a short period of time!


do you think other airlines like AA will do this as well?
or unlikely


Looks like AA has matched this. Found it under travel alerts. Not exactly working yet as it still wants to charge me a fair difference


I have a United award reservation tlv-ewr on January 28 booked by Turkish, who has to do the change United or Turkish?

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Janice Levitan

I just switched a flight 2 days ago. It was only $70 different, but I wonder if they will give me a credit…

I’ll call United and ask.


United just posted these restrictions on a reservation I have for a flight from Puerto Rico to EWR on 1/26. According to the cdc, the requirement to test is when flying from a foreign country. I hope United will update accordingly.


I just called Delta to change our flights to a week earlier and they still quoted me a difference in fare price. I explained that there shouldn’t be one, the agent had no idea what I was talking about. He put me on hold to find out and came back and said it only applies to the return flight, like if I was out of the country already. I hung up and would like to call again. Where on Delta’s website can I find this new policy?


Will the cdc require the letter of clearance in english? will they accept it from an israeli doctor in Hebrew?


Sounds like a recipe for packed planes to front-run the change (and maybe realize some ticket revenue sooner than later for financial reporting purposes).

G f

United language says you can change without fare diff. American does not. I just tried and it didn’t work with 2 diff agents. The language with American isn’t clear and might be difficult to accomplish.

5 minute question

What about a Delta flight scheduled to take off at 11:55pm 1/25? It arrives on the 26th, but it sounds like it is only a boarding issue, correct? Also, what if the plane takes off late? Will that pose an issue?