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Beware: Delta same day change fee up to $75 (still free for top Medallions)

by on Wed March 15, 2017 • No Comment

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Delta has quietly increased the fee for a same day flight changes to $75 from $50, effective March 15.

The key is, it’s effective for tickets purchased on or after March 15.

Any ticket you’ve already purchased before then still qualifies for the old $50 same day standby rate.

And for Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Medallion members, the fee is still completely waived, which is good news.

Silver Medallions used to pay the same $50 non-Medallion members paid, and now they’ll pay the $75 non-Medallion members paid.

  • You can change to any flight that departs on the same calendar day as long as the fare class you’ve booked is available. If you’re booked in First or Business Class, you can switch a flight with any open seat, even if your fare class is not available.
  • You can’t switch to a connection from a nonstop, and you can’t switch from a nonstop to a connection.
  • You can initiate your change as soon as 24 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart, and 24 hours before the new flight is scheduled to depart

Same day flight change is an incredibly useful benefit, because it lets you change plans easily without getting socked with $200 fees, and as a top Medallion member it can save hundreds of dollars a year, and precious hours of time. While the fee increase is never a good thing to see, the saving grace is the valuable benefit for top Medallions remains untouched, and Delta’s extra generous policy of letting First Class tickets switch to any flight with a seat open got away unscathed as well.

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