Same Day Confirmed and Change Fees Increase by 50 Percent on Delta Air Lines

E ffective as of today, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 — and with little advance notice — the fees for changing or confirming your flight on the same day have increased from $50.00 to $75.00. Tickets purchased and issued prior to today are still subject to the old fee of $50.00.

Same Day Confirmed and Change Fees Increase by 50 Percent on Delta Air Lines

The good news is that if you are a member of the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program and you have earned Gold Medallion, Platinum Medallion or Diamond Medallion elite level status, the fee is still waived for you.

All other customers are subject to the new $75.00 fee, as standing by for a different flight on the same day just became more expensive for customers who:

  • Have earned Silver Medallion elite level status
  • Are members of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program but have no Medallion elite level status
  • Are not members of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program at all

Summary

Keep in mind that Basic Economy — or E — fares are not eligible for same-day confirmed or same-day standby travel changes. This is regardless of Medallion or other elite level status.

Why is Delta Air Lines increasing these fees — and with little or no advance notice? Because they can…

Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

5 thoughts on “Same Day Confirmed and Change Fees Increase by 50 Percent on Delta Air Lines”

  1. JEM says:

    I think you’ve slightly misrepresented the changes in your subject line:

    It appears to me that what did increase by 50% are SAME DAY CONFIRMED and SAME DAY STANDBY fees ($50 to $75).

    However, CHANGE fees (i.e., changes outside the SAME DAY window) don’t appear to have increased – they’re still $200 ($200+ international).

    A rare case of Delta following United and AA…

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I was attempting to use the words same day for both confirmed and change fees without repeating them twice, JEM.

      The headline is already too long as it is…

      1. fathiss says:

        Look how Point Miles & Martinis titled the same topic and learn. Also, by putting Delta in the title it was made much less “click baitish” like yours.

        1. Brian Cohen says:

          I was wondering what happened to you, fathiss.

          Welcome back…

          …and — um — last I looked, Delta has always been in the title…

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