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Dec. 9 - Delta Eliminates Change Fees on International Flights
Travelers will no longer have to worry about fees to change or cancel their flights on Delta. The airline announced that it has eliminated change fees for international flights originating in North America, including flights operated by codeshare and joint venture partners. The only exception is basic economy fares, so travelers with this type of ticket are still subject to fees when they book after March 30, 2021. Any travel booked before that date falls under a waiver that eliminates change fees for all fares on both domestic and international flights. Earlier this year, Delta and many other U.S.-based airlines announced they would permanently stop charging change fees on domestic flights, but Delta and American are the first to announce the policy will also cover international flights.
Nov. 18 - Delta Blocks Middle Seats Until March 2021
Many other U.S.-based carriers have already begun filling their flights to capacity, but Delta assured passengers that it will continue to block middle seats through March 30, 2021. This will give travelers a bit more space onboard to keep socially distanced and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Despite skyrocketing COVID-19 cases in the U.S., JetBlue and Alaska Airlines still plan to fill planes to capacity starting in January 2021. Meanwhile, United and American airlines have been operating at full capacity since the summer, and Southwest will transition to filling middle seats on Dec. 1.
Sept. 22 - Delta Extends Benefits, Adds More Flexibility
Delta Air Lines has announced further enhancements to their loyalty program and for holders of their co-branded credit cards. A notable change is the removal of fees when changing or canceling a domestic award flight for all SkyMiles members. The fees used to cost customers $150 for any changes. The new policy does not include basic economy fares.
Delta has also extended certain benefits for co-branded credit cardholders through the end of 2021, including $100 flight credits, unused Companion Certificates and unused Delta Sky Club guest passes. Speaking of extensions, Delta Sky Club Memberships will now be extended through June 30, 2021, assuming your membership was active as of March 1, 2020.
These changes follow Delta's latest update where they removed most domestic change fees.
Read the full story about the latest changes here.
Aug. 31 - Delta Follows United's Lead, Eliminates Most Domestic Change Fees
Shortly following United's announcement of the elimination of most change fees, Delta Air Lines has followed suit with a similar policy. The elimination of change fees is effective immediately for domestic travel including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new policy will cover Delta’s first class, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and main cabin tickets. Basic economy tickets are not covered. Delta will continue to offer a waiver on change fees for newly purchased international flights and basic economy fare through Dec. 31, 2020, as part of its COVID-19 response.
» Learn more: Delta follows United, eliminates change fees
Aug. 17 - Delta SkyMiles Cards Offering Elevated Rewards (Limited Time)
If you’re a foodie and love to fly Delta, we have good news for you. And if you’re hoping to achieve the next level of Medallion status, we have some good news for you, too.
Delta SkyMiles American Express cards are offering new bonuses for dining and Delta purchases, including bonus Medallion Qualification Miles for spending. Terms apply. Typically, the only way to earn MQMs is by flying or reaching spending thresholds on certain credit cards.
These limited-time offers are worth taking advantage of if Delta is your airline of choice but are only available to current cardholders. These offers, valid until Dec. 31, could help sway your decision on what credit cards to use for the remainder of 2020.
4x bonus miles on dining
The Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card and Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card are offering 4x SkyMiles on dining charges, up from 2x SkyMiles. Terms apply.
5x bonus miles and bonus MQMs for Delta spending
Eligible cards for this bonus include:
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card (also includes MQM bonus).
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card (also includes MQM bonus).
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card (also includes MQM bonus).
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card (also includes MQM bonus).
Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card (also includes 4x dining bonus).
Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card (also includes 4x dining bonus).
» Learn More: How to maximize the new Delta credit card bonuses
Aug. 4 - Virgin Atlantic Files for Bankruptcy
Today, Virgin Atlantic filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the U.S. Delta Air Lines owns 49% of the London-based airline. Chapter 15 is designed for bankruptcy situations where multiple countries are involved. It is unknown at this time what effect this filing will have on travelers or routing. Bankruptcy filings are often used for protection and can allow for a financial opportunity to save a business. We will update this story as it develops and report the impact on customers when those details are available.
July 30 - Delta Rolls Out Expanded Waivers and New Booking Procedures
Delta Air Lines today announced several extensions and additions to its ongoing policies related to travel in the COVID era. These updates include:
An extension of the change-fee waiver for all flights purchased through Aug. 31.
A two-year window to rebook travel bought prior to April 17 for pending trips in 2020.
Automatic seat blocking through Sept. 30. This includes automatic blocking of adjacent seats to confirmed reservations, but allowing middle seats to be booked for parties of three or more.
Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines.
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How to Maximize Your Rewards
You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2021, including those best for:
Airline miles and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
Premium travel rewards: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card