Reduced change fee on DLX?

 
Old Mar 9, 03, 2:21 am
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Reduced change fee on DLX?

In a masochistic frenzy I recently booked a flight on Delta Express (fare basis: TA7SSFN) and I noticed the fare rules listed only a $25 ASC for changes. How long has this been going on (or is it only for certain fares)? The fine print on the Delta Web pages still says DLX has a $50 change fee. (I thought DLX was supposed to be going away, anyway?) Is this some sort of move to make people feel better about booking travel in uncertain times? If it was you'd think they'd advertise it, and I haven't seen anything. Or was this fare just an aberration? I'm puzzled 'cause I thought reasonable change fees went the way of Braniff...
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Old Mar 9, 03, 7:14 pm
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This must refer to the new (as of March 1, 2003) $25 confirmed changes within 3 hours of flight time, for same-day changes. You can find many threads on this new fee, which replaces the proposed $100 standby fee announced in September 2002.

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Old Mar 9, 03, 10:10 pm
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No, I don't think that's it. Here's a cut-and-paste from the fare rules:

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03260-TA7SSFN                 CHANGES AND REFUNDS    PAGE 18
01     *  NON-REFUNDABLE/NONTRANSFERABLE                    
02   .                                                      
03   **FOR TICKETS ISSUED ON/AFTER 05SEP02 AND TRAVEL       
04     ON/AFTER 01OCT02 TICKET MUST BE REISSUED ON/PRIOR    
05     TO TRAVEL DATE OF TICKET COUPON.  IF NOT REISSUED    
06     ON/PRIOR TO TRAVEL DATE...TICKET HAS NO VALUE..      
07     CAN NOT BE CHANGED/REISSUED/REVALIDATED AND NOT      
08     VALID FOR STANDBY.**                                 
09                                                         .
10     * ANY CHANGES - $25.00 ADMIN SERVICE CHARGES - ASC - 
11   .                                                      
12                            INDEX                         
13   . *GENERAL INFORMATION............................G-15 
14   .  CHANGES TO UNUSED TICKETS - OUTBOUND...........G-47 
15   .  CHANGES TO UNUSED TICKETS - CONTINUING/RETURN..G-53 
16   .  CHANGES TO PARTIALLY USED TICKETS...........G/19-03 
17   .                                                      
18   .                                                      
19   THE FOLLOWING IS APPLICABLE TO ALL ITINERARY CHANGES   
20   BEFORE OR AFTER DEPARTURE.                             
21   .                                                      
22   DEFINITIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING CAN BE FOUND ON G*182:   
23      ASC REISSUE APPLICATION                             
24      BOOKING CLASS HIERARCHY                             
25      FARE COMPONENT                                      
26      MODIFIED ADVANCE PURCHASE APPLICATION               
27      PRICEABLE UNIT                                      
28   .                                                      
29   FORMAT FOR HISTORICAL FARE DISPLAY - SEE G*916/3-82    
30   .                                                      
31   - NON REFUNDABLE/NONTRANSFERABLE                       
32   .                                                      
33   - ANY CHANGES - $25.00 ADMIN SERVICE CHARGES - ASC -
It looks like the change fee really is $25!
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Old Mar 10, 03, 5:00 am
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If you buy a one way DLX fare, change fee should be $25?

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Old Mar 10, 03, 5:43 am
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All DLX fares are one way fares, or at least they used to be. I can't say for sure anymore. Been awhile since I've flown DLX. Either way, there's no "1/2 price" service fees for one way tickets. Maybe it's a competative thing with Southwest or, more likely, Jet Blue? What market is this ticket for?
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Old Mar 14, 03, 9:40 pm
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It's a JFK<->TPA round-trip, so yes, maybe competition with WN and B6 is a factor. (Sorry for the delayed response; I've had problems with my Internet connection the past couple of days.) Anyone seen this in any other markets?
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