Delta and United eliminate change fees on international travel

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Delta announced earlier this year that it was eliminating the fees for non-Basic Economy tickets within the U.S.
Delta announced earlier this year that it was eliminating the fees for non-Basic Economy tickets within the U.S. Photo Credit: Chris Parypa Photography/Shutterstock.com

Delta Air Lines and United are both eliminating change fees on international travel from North America.

The two follow American Airlines, which last month expanded its change-fee policy to cover all non-Basic Economy fares originating in the Americas.

At United, the carrier said it was extending its change-fee elimination policy on Basic Economy tickets purchased through March 31, 2021, and on all international tickets purchased in the U.S. moving forward.

Delta said its no-change-fee rule applies to all tickets besides Basic Economy fares for travel originating in North America to anywhere in the world, expanding on its announcement earlier this year that it was eliminating the fees for non-Basic Economy tickets within the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The no-change-fee rule also applies to Delta tickets on carriers that are Delta's codeshare or joint venture partners. Passengers still will need to pay the difference in fares when new fares are higher.

Delta currently is waiving change fees for all tickets, including Basic Economy fares, for additional flexibility during the Covid-19 pandemic, but that blanket waiver is set to expire for tickets purchased after March 30.

Business Travel News' Michael Baker contributed to this report.  

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