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Delta has announced a number of positive changes today.

No More Award Redeposit Fees on Domestic Itineraries

Delta has just gone ahead and removed all fees to change or redeposit an award, even if you have no SkyMiles Medallion status, for awards on flights in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. This excludes Basic Economy awards. 

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Sadly, this does not apply to awards outside the United States, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, which will still come with a $150 fee once the COVID-19 waiver policy eventually sunsets (that policy currently allows for free redeposits on all awards booked until December 31st, 2020).

End of the 72 Hours Advance Cancellation Rule – On Domestic Awards

Also, on domestic awards only, and excluding Basic Economy again, you can now cancel up until the flight. Previously if you didn’t cancel by 72 hours, you’d lose your miles (although you could still get your taxes and fees back). Note that the “72 hour rule” still applies to non-domestic itineraries.

Notably, none of these changes will apply to partner flights, since there are no partners that operate wholly domestically.

Benefit Extensions

  • If you had a SkyClub membership as of March 1, 2020, you will have that extended (again) through June 30, 2021.
  • Diamond¬†and¬†Platinum¬†Medallion¬†Members who selected Upgrade Certificates, Delta Sky Club Memberships, Delta Sky Club Guest Passes,¬†or¬†Delta Travel Vouchers or gave Medallion Status through Delta‚Äôs exclusive¬†Choice Benefits¬†for the 2020 Medallion Year¬†will get to select new Choice Benefits starting on Feb. 1, 2021 (the start of the 2021 Medallion Year) or as they earn Medallion Status (like they normally would).¬†¬†¬†
  • The below benefits are for holders of the Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards:

These extensions are for eligible Card Members with benefits issued Jan. 1 ‚Äď Nov. 30, 2020.

Middle Seat Blocking

This is now extended through January 6, 2021

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Overall

Lots of great changes and nothing is taken away. I’d love to see them extend the free redeposits to international/partner awards, but I think that’s just dreaming….

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.

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