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Delta eliminates international change fees for most flights

The change doesn't apply to basic economy or flights booked from outside North America.

In another move to make flying more appealing since the pandemic began, Delta Air Lines is permanently eliminating change fees for a large portion of international flights, the company announced Wednesday. 

Earlier this year, the company dropped change fees — a major source of revenue for airlines — for changing domestic travel plans. 

The new policy cuts the $200 fee only for trips that originate in North America, and does not apply to basic economy tickets. 

Currently, Delta – the largest carrier at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport – has a temporary waiver for change fees through March 30, 2021, for all flights, including basic economy and flights that originate outside North America. American and United are also waiving change fees for most domestic travel. 

"No year has better demonstrated the value of flexibility than this one," Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in the press release. "Our approach has always been to put people first, which is why we're extending our current change fee waiver and making lasting changes to our practices, so customers have the trust and confidence they need long after the pandemic ends."

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