If your airline ticket is nonrefundable, then it does not mean it is “unchangeable” – it’s just going to cost you to make an adjustment. No exception in Delta Airlines, although, they provide a 24-hour window for free changes or cancellations after you purchase the ticket like other U.S. airlines. If you want to make changes regarding fee or no fee, whatever changes you need, then you can do it directly through the airline website that is Delta.com.
Following are the ways to change Delta non-refundable ticket:
- The 24-Hour Free Window
If your travel plans change within a day of purchasing your ticket, you’re in luck: The U.S. Department of Transportation mandates that airlines must give you a 24-hour window to make free changes or cancellations to your ticket. You’ll need the traveler’s full name and flight confirmation number to change or cancel the reservations on the Delta website. If you purchased your ticket through a Delta ticket office or airport ticket counter, you must email Delta to change flight arrangements.
- The Delta Change Fee
Once that 24-hour window has passed, you still can go to the Delta website, search for your reservation by traveler name and flight confirmation number, and make any changes there, but you’re going to pay a hefty fee for any changes you make. The Delta change fee is different for flights within the 50 U.S. states, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while the change fee for Delta-marketed international flights can run differently. It depends on fare type and location.
Note: Delta may only allow changes to the return portion of the trip on some international itineraries.
- Delta Standby & Same-Day Rules
Like many airlines, Delta offers reduced change fees and a few special options for changing your flight plans within 24 hours of your flight’s originally scheduled departure. If you want to change to a similar fare/seat class on another Delta flight that leaves on the same day as your original flight, you have to pay a small fee. This fee may be waived for flyers who’ve reached the Diamond, Platinum or Gold levels in Delta’s frequent flyer program. If you want to change your flight but no confirmed seats are available, you can fly standby on another flight. You’ll be charged the same fee, but it won’t be collected unless you actually receive a seat on the new flight.
Note: Basic Economy or E-class fares are not eligible for same-day travel changes.
- The External Ticket Handling Charge
If you didn’t book your ticket directly through Delta, you might be assessed an additional fee as an “external ticket handling charge.” This applies to reservations that were made by a third party or codeshare or partner airlines. Now, the good news: That fee will be waived if you can make your ticket changes directly through the Delta website. It also doesn’t apply for same-day confirmed ticket changes completed within 24 hours of your flight’s scheduled departure.