Delta Eliminates Close-in Award Redemption Fees

Delta has eliminated their close-in award booking fees. So no more charges for booking award tickets less than three weeks prior to travel.

United eliminated these fees last summer.

Delta takes a lot of heat for me here over their poor award availability, especially in premium classes, for their very much broken award pricing engine and website functionality, and for refusing to even publish an award chart for trips that originate outside of North America.

So this is a rare positive move from the Skymiles program, and one that deserves some applause. What’s more, and confusingly, it was done without fanfare. The fees were in place as recently as Monday, and now they’re gone, and I haven’t seen any comment from Delta on the development at all. Naturally, it was noticed on Flyertalk.

American still charges $50 to $100 for awards booked close to travel. Time for American to AAdjust!

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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