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Delta Air Lines Proactively Refunding Air Passenger Duty Tax for Children Who Traveled From the United Kingdom: Reader Report

A reader of The Gate reported that Delta Air Lines is proactively refunding the Air Passenger Duty tax for children who are younger than the age of 16 and have traveled as passengers in the economy class cabin when they departed from the United Kingdom on or after Friday, May 1, 2015 because the levying of the Air Passenger Duty tax has since been discontinued.

The reader — who wishes to remain anonymous but is a reliable source — wrote…

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EXCLUSIVE: Historic DC-7B Airplane “That Ushered Delta Into the Jet Age” Comes Home to Delta Air Lines

The temperature of 36 degrees Fahrenheit felt colder due to the blustery wind which was blowing at a sustained speed of 14 miles per hour, whose chill penetrated down to the marrow — and emerging from the shadows of this dark and dreary early Saturday morning was a sight which had not been seen in years at the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area: a Douglas DC-7B airplane, which finally returned home to the airline it once served back in the 1950s for approximately ten years.

The silhouettes of the unmistakable four large propellers broke through what was otherwise the gloom of the early morning — the clock had not yet read 7:00 yet — and despite…

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My First Pandemic Flight — With a Basic Economy Fare

I cannot remember the last year in which I did not travel as a passenger aboard an airplane, and the year 2020 almost became the first year in which I did not travel by airplane in years.

Almost.

The reason was not because of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic itself. Rather, the reason was because of how human beings and society in general have responded to it — as well as the uncertainty with how the reaction has been handled — including but not limited to…

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Delta Air Lines Eliminates ALL Change Fees — Well…ALMOST All…Plus…

Effective immediately, Delta Air Lines has eliminated change fees for all long-haul international flying when travel originates in North America or South America — and this new policy includes passengers who purchased tickets with Delta One, First Class, Comfort+ and Main Cabin fares — which matches the previous announcement from Delta Air Lines to get rid of change fees on most domestic flights and follows the lead of American Airlines…

…but the new policy does not include…

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Get a $50 Gift Card Made From a DC-9 Airplane November 2020 When You Purchase $500 in Delta Gift Cards

You can get a limited edition gift card worth $50.00 from Delta Air Lines which was made from aircraft aluminum cut from a retired McDonnell Douglas DC-9 aircraft — whose registration number was N401EA — when you purchase a minimum of $500.00 worth of qualifying gift cards from Delta Air Lines starting today, Monday, November 9, 2020…

…but this offer is only…

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Earn Up to 1,000 Bonus SkyMiles by Shopping for the Holidays 2020

Effective through Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 11:59:59 in the evening Eastern Standard Time, you can earn up to 1,000 bonus Delta Air Lines SkyMiles — in addition to the standard SkyMiles earned — during the Holiday Bonus campaign at the SkyMiles Shopping portal by spending the following minimum amounts of money for shopping for qualifying purchases on your favorite products from hundreds of participating retailers…

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Rare Elevated Elite Status Match Opportunity October 2020 With Delta Air Lines — But…

You may be eligible to enroll in the elevated elite status match challenge of Delta Air Lines if you already have earned elite level status with the frequent flier loyalty programs of five different competing airlines — and if you qualify for this offer, you will receive complimentary Medallion elite level status which is one tier higher than your current elite level status through Wednesday, March 31, 2021…

…but you must…

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Earn 500 Bonus SkyMiles When You Spend $25 — October 2020

You can earn 500 bonus Delta Air Lines SkyMiles when you download and install the button into your browser and use the button to spend a minimum of $25.00 in qualifying purchases at greater than 1,000 merchants at the official Internet web site of the Delta SkyMiles Shopping Mall portal…

…but your purchase using the Delta SkyMiles Shopping Mall button must…

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Domestic Award Ticket Change and Cancellation Fees Eliminated For All SkyMiles Members Permanently — Plus More

A slew of new and extended benefits for members of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program were announced yesterday, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from Delta Air Lines — including the extension of select benefits for members of the Delta SkyMiles American Express Card and members of Delta Sky Club; the permanent elimination of change fees and cancellation fees for domestic award tickets for all SkyMiles members; and no deadline of 72 hours prior to departure to change or cancel a domestic award tickets for all SkyMiles members.

The following changes for travel within the United States — including Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands — are now in effect permanently on almost all tickets, with the exception of…

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Comparison At a Glance of Change Fees and Standby Fees of Legacy Airlines in the United States

Four airlines officially announced during the past few days radical changes pertaining to the elimination of change fees, standby fees, and same-day confirmed fees — as well as other changes — but what exactly does that mean when comparing those airlines?

First are some definitions of what each of those terms generally mean — they can vary from airline to airline — as the following fees are imposed when you change the flight you originally purchased on your ticket…

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