Delta Same Day Confirm Policy Changes Yet Again

Aug 28, 2014

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Last year, Delta made some major changes to their Same Day Confirm policy, which requires that the same class of service must be available to change instead of just cabin to cabin availability. This means that if you were booked on a cheap fare, most likely you wouldn’t be able to Same Day Confirm and would be forced to do Same Day Standby.

Delta is making more changes to their SDC policy.
Delta is making more changes to their SDC policy.

Per this Flyertalk thread, there were rumors that Delta was making more changes to their Same Day Confirm policy, so I reached out to my official Delta rep, who confirmed that you can no longer Same Day Confirm from a connecting flight to a non-stop flight. This is a huge negative; Delta’s SDC rules are already extremely limited, and this just adds another obstacle.

As a reminder, Delta Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members can Same Day Confirm for no charge. If the same fare class isn’t available on the flight you want, you’ll be forced to use their Same Day Standby option, in which case you’ll only be confirmed at the gate if there’s a seat available.

The good news is that you can still Same Day Confirm from a non-stop to a connecting flight to earn more miles. One of the main reasons I think they did this was to protect their premium Fist Class Transcontinental routes such as JFK-LAX/SFO/SEA. Previously, you could book New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) via Salt Lake (SLC) and then switch to the direct New York (JFK)- Los Angeles (LAX) in the BusinessElite cabin, but this latest change nixes that option.

You will no longer be able to SDC from a non-stop to a connecting flight.
You will no longer be able to SDC from a non-stop to a connecting flight.

By comparison, American charges $75 for a confirmed change for everyone regardless of elite status level. The alternate flights must be for the same itinerary. Your flight change can be confirmed within 24 hours of departure of the desired flight.

As for United, SDC’s are Free for 1k, Platinum and Gold, or $75 for non-elite/Silver. The same-day flight change option is available within a full 24 hours before your originally scheduled flight, and the requested flight can be in any fare class and depart within 24 hours from when the request is made. The only requirement is that changes must be made prior to your original scheduled flight.

Hat Tip: Flyertalk

What do you think of the latest changes to Delta’s Same Day Confirm policy? Will they change the way you travel?

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