United shocked the world yesterday when they announced they would permanently eliminate domestic change fees.
Delta has now matched United and will also permanently eliminate domestic change fees. Like United, they will still not allow changes for basic economy tickets.
It’s unclear if passengers will get a refund if their new flight is less expensive than their original flight. I’ve asked Delta for more information about this and whether they plan to allow free standby or award redeposits as well and will update this post if they respond.
One has to wonder if the premium for non basic economy tickets will rise to make up for that difference? It will likely help convince some people to upgrade to regular economy tickets.
Delta is also matching United’s waiver of change fees on all tickets, including international and basic economy tickets, that are purchased through the end of 2020 for travel anytime.
Unlike United, Delta is blocking middle seats through at least 1/6/21 and they still allow young children to fly without a mask.
Unfortunately it does not seem like Delta will be matching United’s free standby and free award redeposit fee changes.
American and JetBlue, the ball is now in your court! This will be a tough change for JetBlue to make, as free changes is one of the main highlights of their elite status. It will be interesting to see how they respond…