For those who want to try to catch an earlier flight, if there are no seats in their fare class available, they can request to stand by for free on Delta’s website or its app within 24 hours of departure.
While Atlanta-based Delta last year eliminated most of its change fees, those who change flights could still be on the hook to pay the difference in fare, which can be substantial for last-minute changes.
While standing by for an earlier flight does not guarantee the switch, it doesn’t require paying a higher fare or change fee.
If there is an available seat in the same fare class on an earlier flight, it costs $75 to confirm the seat as a same-day change, which could be less than the fare difference. That’s already complimentary for Delta’s gold, platinum and diamond-level elite Medallion members.
“By enabling same-day travel changes directly on the Fly Delta app, customers will also save valuable time rescheduling their plans while on the go, without waiting in line at the airport or calling Reservations,” Delta senior vice president Sandeep Dube said in a written statement.