Delta Air Lines News

Ramsey Qubein, Kevin BerryAugust 26, 2020
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Delta Air Lines News

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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.

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:

Terms apply.

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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