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AA and Delta Restore Interline / IROPS / OSO Agreement! 24 Jan 2018

AA and Delta Restore Interline / IROPS / OSO Agreement! 24 Jan 2018

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Old Jan 23, 18, 2:17 pm
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AA and Delta Restore Interline / IROPS / OSO Agreement! 24 Jan 2018

Effective Jan 24th we get IRROP re-booking back on DL (and vice versa)!
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Old Jan 23, 18, 2:26 pm
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Effective Jan 24th we get IRROP re-booking back on DL (and vice versa)!
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Old Jan 23, 18, 3:38 pm
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Effective Jan 24th we get IRROP re-booking back on DL (and vice versa)!
Wow!

if true, then (a) Delta blinked. Too much heat from the Plutonium Medallion crowd, and (b) excellent news all around.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 3:43 pm
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Wow!

if true, then (a) Delta blinked.
For all we know, it was AA that blinked and agreed to pay the higher price. But yes I do think it was probably DL that blinked - one too many major issues at ATL last year that caused waves throughout their entire system with only UA as an alternative to reroute passengers on. The imbalance that caused DL to try and raise the price was highly reduced last year.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 6:06 pm
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I'm thinking that some corporate customers probably gave DL an ultimatum.
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Old Jan 23, 18, 7:24 pm
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I posted this news without ever looking at the site below (as my post came hours before), but this should be enough verification:

DL and AA resume IROP ticketing and baggage agreement - Airliners.net
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This is unequivocally excellent news! As an outstation-originating AA Elite this will give me another useful arrow in the quiver for dealing with IRROPS...especially in places where UA doesn’t fly and DL has a larger presence than AA.
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JonNYC (wish he were still here) also posted on his twitter: (Typo: no - now)
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I suspect between the big snowstorm in MSP on Monday (500 flights throughout system cancelled -- Flights resume in Minneapolis after heavy snow | Delta News Hub) and the ice storm in ATL last week, that it was DL that decided to throw in the towel.
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I suspect between the big snowstorm in MSP on Monday (500 flights throughout system cancelled -- Flights resume in Minneapolis after heavy snow Delta News Hub) and the ice storm in ATL last week, that it was DL that decided to throw in the towel.
Agreed. I think that DL arrogantly believed that their operation was so good that any interline agreement was of greater benefit to their lesser competitors than to DL itself. Recent events that were out of DL's control, such as the ATL power outage and winter storms. ultimately helped DL realize that no matter how good you are, you always need to have a backup plan for when the stuff hits the fan.
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I suspect between the big snowstorm in MSP on Monday (500 flights throughout system cancelled -- Flights resume in Minneapolis after heavy snow Delta News Hub) and the ice storm in ATL last week, that it was DL that decided to throw in the towel.
Airlines usually only rebook on other airlines if IRROPS was caused by within their control, such as an aircraft mechanical issue. They don't rebook on other airlines if IRROPS happened due to weather, though there may be rare exceptions for top elites.
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Airlines usually only rebook on other airlines if IRROPS was caused by within their control, such as an aircraft mechanical issue. They don't rebook on other airlines if IRROPS happened due to weather, though there may be rare exceptions for top elites.
The ORD SC often rebooks elites during weather if they can.
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AA and Delta Restore Interline / IROPS / OSO Agreement! Jan 2018

Well, it looks like Delta decided to play nice, as the AA-DL interlink agreement has been reestablished. AA can now endorse tickets over to DL in case of Irregular Operations (IROPS) abd Off-Schedule Operations (OSO) and vice versa.

See The Points Guy Article here.

For the old thread, see AA and DL / Delta abandon interline agreement 15 Sep '15 (restored 1/18)

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The ORD SC often rebooks elites during weather if they can.
Isn't the AA/UA relationship at ORD a bit of a case where they do that more routinely than elsewhere in the system? Back when I lived in MSN, it wasn't uncommon for the two airlines to jointly charter a bus when MSN-ORD flights were cancelled due to weather (even just for flow control at ORD; MSN-ORD were always among the first flights to go on both airlines in case of flow control).
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Old Jan 24, 18, 12:22 pm
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Smart. The industry is more than big enough for DL and AA (and everyone else) so nice to see that this petty disagreement be put aside. This benefits everyone.
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