Delta announced that they will eliminate domestic award change fees and redeposit fees for changes made anytime before departure. Previously those cost $150.
That leapfrogs over United’s offer of free award redeposits made 30 days prior to departure. However United’s offer also applies to international awards, while Delta’s offer only applies to domestic awards. It’s surprising to see Delta fail to match United here.
Unfortunately, the Delta fee waiver does not apply to basic economy award tickets. For now, Delta is alone in offering basic economy awards as award tickets on other airlines book directly into standard economy. That will give a lot of incentive to buy up from domestic basic economy awards, but also adds another level of annoyance to using Delta miles.
All tickets, including international and basic economy, have free changes and redeposits if they are booked in 2020.
Delta is also removing the requirement to make changes to domestic awards at least 72 hours prior to departure.
Delta is also extending the following benefits through 12/31/21:
- $100 Delta flight credits earned from the Delta Gold AMEX.
- Companion Certificates earned on the Delta Platinum and Reserve AMEX.
- Delta Sky Club guest passes earned on the Delta Reserve AMEX.
Delta Sky Club memberships will also be extended through 6/30/21.
Will American and United match Delta’s latest moves?