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Delta Increases Same-Day Travel Fees

Delta has increased the same-day travel fees for tickets issued on March 15, 2017 and moving forward. This is an increase from $50 to $75 USD, affecting non-SkyMiles members, general SkyMiles members, and Silver Medallion members.

Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion members will continue to have the same-day travel fees waived, but only if they are not on a restricted fare and their requested flight is eligible. All other rules and restrictions related to Same Day Travel  remain unchanged.

What are same day travel fees?

As a business traveler, you’ve probably been in this situation before. Your day of meetings ends early and you change your flight rather than wait. Or impending weather is coming in and you quickly rearrange travel to avoid it. Fortunately, most airlines understand this is a routine part of the frequent traveler lifestyle.

  • Most same-day changes are valid with travel within the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • These same-day flight changes can be requested within 24 hours prior to the departure time of the original flight, however it can be limited by the available flights leaving.
  • If you have a flexible fare (usually a refundable ticket), you are eligible for same-day travel.
  • If traveling in a premium cabin fare of comfort class, same-day tickets are available, but only if a seat is available on the alternative flight.
  • Basic Economy fares are not eligible for same-day confirmed travel changes.

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“Animal Talk” About Frontier Airlines

Let’s talk animals.

Okay, okay … I know we here at Christopherson are headquartered in Salt Lake City, a major Delta hub, and not many of us fly Frontier, but they actually are a pretty cool airline. Let me tell you why.
Frontier has been around for forever, but after their merger with Republic Airways in 2010 they revamped their services and are actually quite competitive. Did you know that for a corporate discount they offer a percentage off their fares rather than classes of service? That means it’s so much easier for companies to calculate savings, plus one can avoid the confusing maze of classes of service.
Also, Frontier has more seat width than Southwest, they only have a 50$ change fee, and–hold onto your hats, folks, are you ready for this?–if you have a qualifying corporate contract Frontier will give you 20 Ascent Level Memberships to distribute however you want! This means same-day flight change fees are waived, free bags, early boarding, complimentary DirecTV, and 25% bonus early return mileage credit.
Plus, how can you pass up the menagerie of animals they have on their tails?
If you haven’t given Frontier a chance lately, check them out. I think you may be pleasantly surprised!