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[Expired] Delta Issues Systemwide Fare Difference Waiver Ahead of July 4

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In a move that is highly unusual, Delta Air Lines has issued a systemwide fare difference travel waiver for all flights over the busy July 1 to 4 time period. Flights during this time can be moved before or after the holiday for no difference in fare.

Logistics of the Waiver Offer

Usually, an airline issues a fee waiver for a very specific market or circumstance, such as when there is severe weather in Chicago, or perhaps if there is a power outage in Miami impacting flights. Airlines use these waivers to get customers to proactively move their flights to help ease the stress on the system.

Because the July 4th holiday weekend this year is anticipated to be so busy and the airlines are being put to the test in regards to staffing, available aircraft, and airport operations, Delta Air Lines is proactively offering a systemwide waiver where you can move your flight off of the holiday weekend.

First, you need to be booked on a Delta flight to anywhere Delta flies on either July 1, 2, 3, or 4, 2022. You can move your flight that’s on any one of those dates to any other date between now and July 8, 2022, including on other days of the July 4 holiday weekend.

As long as you change to another flight that has the same origin and destination and class of service, Delta will waive the difference in fare (the airline already waives the change fee as part of a new COVID-19-era policy). If you change your origin, destination, class of service, or decide to move your flight to beyond July 8, you will need to pay a difference in fare.

You’ll be able to make the changes right within the Delta app or online.

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Delta is waiving fare differences on all tickets over the July 4 holiday weekend. Image Credit: Delta Air Lines

Oddities of the Waiver Offer

The offer doesn’t restrict what dates you can move your flights to between now and July 8. So, even if you’re booked on July 4, within the busy period, and move your flight to July 3, a day earlier, and still within the busy period, you’ll be able to make this change free of charge.

Delta likely believes that more travelers will take advantage of moving flights outside of the hectic holiday weekend for the offer to be worth it, though it’s worth noting you can change flights to the holiday weekend as well.

Hot Tip: Learn more about how to cancel or change your Delta Air Lines award or cash ticket in our detailed guide.

Final Thoughts

This type of change waiver is extremely rare, and with Delta’s recent operational mishaps, is likely necessary to preserve a decent operation over the next 2 weekends as travelers return to flying en masse after a nearly 2-year hiatus.

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James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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