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Delta Aligns Ticket Policies to Fare Value; Makes Changes to Paper Ticket Policy Also

Delta Aligns Ticket Policies to Fare Value; Makes Changes to Paper Ticket Policy Also

 
Old Sep 5, 02, 8:30 am
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Delta Aligns Ticket Policies to Fare Value; Makes Changes to Paper Ticket Policy Also

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/020905/atth011_1.html

Press Release Source: Delta Air Lines, Inc.


Delta Aligns Ticket Policies to Fare Value; Makes Changes to Paper Ticket Policy Also
Thursday September 5, 9:23 am ET


ATLANTA, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL - News) today introduced several new policies that more closely align its ticketing policies to the value customers realize as they purchase different fares.

Delta's new policies allow the airline to continue to offer the low fares its customers want, while rewarding customers who expect added benefits and flexibility in exchange for their willingness to pay a higher fare. The new policies offer customers traveling on nonrefundable fares the choice of traveling on the flights ticketed, of paying certain fees to change their itinerary prior to departure, or of paying to standby on the same day of travel. The policies apply for travel in the 50 United States and Canada.

Effective for tickets purchased on or after Sept. 5, 2002, for travel beginning Oct. 1, 2002, Delta's nonrefundable tickets must be used for the flights ticketed, except in cases where customers pay certain fees to change their itinerary prior to departure. After the departure date, tickets for nonrefundable fares will have no value and cannot be changed or used for any purpose. Delta will continue to offer customers the option to make changes to their itinerary prior to departure, subject to the payment of applicable change fees and some restrictions. This new policy applies for travel on Delta, Delta Connection, Delta Express and Delta Shuttle flights.

For tickets purchased beginning Sept. 5, 2002, for travel beginning Jan. 1, 2003, Delta will allow customers traveling on most restricted fares to standby for a different flight on the same day of ticketed travel for a fee of $100, except Delta Express, which will charge a fee of $50. Effective immediately, Delta Shuttle will charge a fee of $100 to standby on restricted fares from an off-peak flight to a peak* flight or from a peak to a peak flight. There will be no charge on Delta Shuttle for standby travel on any unrestricted fare, or for standby travel from off-peak to off-peak flights on any fare type.

Earlier this summer, Delta introduced a standby upgrade option on select flights in some cities to allow customers the opportunity to standby for First Class for a fee. Customers simply request the upgrade at the gate and pay a fee for the standby upgrade, available on many published fares.

Delta encourages customers to consider the options it offers to change their tickets or standby. Delta also now offers customers the convenience and added protection of purchasing travel insurance from American Express' Global Travel Shield at delta.com. Customers may choose from a selection of packages or build the exact coverage they need at a price that is right for their trip.

These new policies allow Delta to cover the costs associated with customers who don't show up for flights, while giving customers who are willing to pay a fee, the flexibility to standby on a different flight the same day of their reservations.

To encourage the use of electronic ticketing, effective today, Delta is changing its policies for customers who request paper tickets. The fee will increase from $10 to $20 for each paper ticket requested for all ET-eligible travel itineraries and now will apply to all customers, regardless of SkyMiles status or the type of fare purchased. In addition, the paper ticket fee now will be charged via all ticketing channels, including tickets originally issued, reissued or converted by a travel agent. This new policy applies for travel on Delta, Delta Connection, Delta Express and Delta Shuttle flights.

About 80 percent of Delta customers worldwide take advantage of the convenience of electronic ticketing, which is the most convenient, reliable, and time-saving alternative to traditional paper airline tickets. Using ET, customers can enjoy Delta's time-saving technologies like virtual check-in; printing boarding passes at delta.com; over-the-phone exchanges and refunds; and self serve kiosks -- all quick alternatives to check-in lines at the ticket counter. Plus, with ET there is nothing to lose; there is no paper ticket to misplace, forget or have stolen.

Also last month, as Delta continued to look for ways to simplify its processes and identify practices that do not provide the value they were intended to deliver, the company notified travel agencies that it had reevaluated certain sales practices offered in the past and would no longer allow waivers on published fare rules. This includes, but is not limited to, advance purchase/ticketing time limits; minimum/maximum stay requirements; refunding of nonrefundable tickets; and administrative service charge. Delta said that these practices were originally intended for rare occasions to provide a remedy for ticketing errors and certain situations outside a travel agent's control, but they had come to be used routinely to circumvent the pricing structure, which impacted the integrity of its pricing.

Earlier this year, Delta eliminated corporate discounting on its lowest published fares in the Q, K, L, U and T inventories. In notifying customers of these changes, Delta cited the low published fares available to all purchasers, the weakened revenue environment and changing business travel marketplace.

Delta Air Lines, the world's second largest carrier in terms of passengers carried and the leading U.S. airline across the Atlantic, offers 5,767 flights each day to 425 destinations in 76 countries on Delta, Delta Express, Delta Shuttle, Delta Connection and Delta's worldwide partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. For more information, please go to delta.com .

Delta Shuttle peak flights operate between 6:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and between 2:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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Basically, DL has simply matched the changes put in place by CO and AA.
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This really sucks. They even hit the Shuttle. So much for flying stand-by with an off-peak ticket on a peak flight.
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Well, this makes AirTran the more flexible carrier in the ATL market now. FL makes you cancel in advance, but at least they let you hold the credit for a year. They don't make you pay a fee and change it to another flight. Yet DL wonders why people keep booking the low-cost carriers....
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by avek00:
There will be no charge on Delta Shuttle for standby travel on any unrestricted fare </font>

Since DL seperated this out specifically, does this mean that there will now be a charge for unrestricted ticket holders to standby elsewhere on the DL system?



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Another enhancement 'Because You Asked For It'(tm).

FL, here I come...
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Ahhh...the planets are almost back in alignment...

With all of the changes to policies over the last two weeks I was really getting worried that DL might lose it's position of being the airline that offers the least to it's best customers. With the soon to be extinct exception of US, it looks like DL has firmly re-established the position it so richly deserves in the pecking order.
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It seems that NW will still allow same-day stand-by travel free of charge. The stand-by thing is ridiculous - if there are empty seats and I have no check-in luggage, DL should be more tha happy to let me take one of those seats.

It's too bad that there aren't even exceptions for Medallion members.
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Thinking back on my last 10 years of flying Delta, I don't think these policies would have affected me at all on any trip.
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So, tickets have no value after flight leaves. What happens if you are to connect in ATL and your DL plane is late getting there and your connection leaves. Do you have to pay the $100?
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The cost of business travel just went UP, UP, UP!!!

I think it is time to retire from the road and watch the airlines go into extinction!

Not good news. A black Thursday in business travel.
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on the subject of loosing the entire value of ticket if you don't travel...I'm O.K. with that because it's not fair to larger airlines to block up a bunch of seats and have nobody show and all the airline made was $100 and you then say well I'm gonna fly airtran or southwest but look at their limited route networks and no overseas flights ...Delta verses Southwest is not apples to apples...
On the subject of same day standby...let's see how that really evolves..If one airline rescinds it ? or maybe fee could be waived for elite travelers..It's not January yet so a lot could still happen by then.
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Could you maybe be a little more melodramatic?
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by jml1124:
So, tickets have no value after flight leaves. What happens if you are to connect in ATL and your DL plane is late getting there and your connection leaves. Do you have to pay the $100?</font>
If the connecting flight is on another airline or itinerary, maybe you should just turn on your cell phone while in the sky and make plans. hahaha [Get ready for all those cell phone calls in the bathroom.]
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I am wondering if all these restrictions apply to medallion customers???

Sometimes DL is funny like that.

Otherwise, welcome to the bandwagon, apparently the DL management can not think for themselves at times.
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