Delta allowing flight changes for free over July 4th weekend
With a busy Fourth of July holiday travel weekend expected, Delta is hoping to lighten the load in the skies by offering a waiver that allows customers to rebook their trip without paying change fees or fare differences.
During the period of July 1 to Independence Day, which falls on a Monday and allows many to take advantage of a long weekend, Delta expects air travel volumes “not seen since before the Pandemic”
Busy airports mean airlines are looking for ways to “minimize the ripple effect of disruptions,” as Delta noted in its announcement.
Between July 1 and July 4 is when the new waiver will apply. Travelers can rebook their trip before or after the potentially challenging weekend travel days with no fare difference or change fees, as long as customers travel between the same origin and destination.
The travel needs to be re booked by July 8. It can be done using the Fly Delta app.
Waivers are typically only issued for a limited geographic area, reserved for weather events that are likely to cause widespread delays and cancellation, despite Delta’s best efforts, the airline said in a statement. Delta does not have a no- change-fee policy for U.S. domestic travel for Main Cabin and premium tickets.
Another sign of a busy holiday travel weekend is the Delta offer. 3.5 million people are expected to fly to their vacation getaways, and 48 million people are expected to hit the road.
The going rate for cheap tickets is $201 per ticket, which is more than double the cost of flying, according to the Independence Day travel forecast. Air travelers have faced delays and canceled flights for weeks leading up to the Fourth of July.
Flight Aware, a company that provides flight tracking data, reported Tuesday that more than 17,000 flights had been delayed or canceled in the United States.
Top July 4th destinations, according to AAA
Big cities and international classics are some of the top destinations for Independence Day 2022, according to booking data.
For the top domestic destinations and international destinations, bookings for air, car rentals, cruise, hotel, and tours are up 25% and 60%, respectively.
Top U.S destinations.
- Orlando, FL
- Seattle, WA
- New York, NY
- Anaheim, CA
- Anchorage, AK
- Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Las Vegas, NV
- Honolulu, HI
- Denver, CO
- Chicago, IL
The top international destinations.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Paris, France
- London, England
- Rome, Italy
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Dublin, Ireland
- Calgary, AB, Canada
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Cancun, Mexico
- Nassau, BahamasThis story was reported from Cincinnati.