Delta is extending loyalty benefits and adding more flexibility for members of its loyalty programme SkyMiles.

The US airline says it is extending benefits for some Delta SkyMiles American Express Card members, Delta Sky Club Memberships “and more”

According to the airline, Delta SkyMiles American Express Card Members will see select benefits extended through the end of next year:

  • Delta SkyMiles Gold Card Members who earn a $100 Delta flight credit will have the expiration date for that credit extended to December 31, 2021
  • Delta SkyMiles Platinum and Reserve Card Members with unused Companion Certificates will receive an additional extension to book and travel using the Companion Certificate by December 31, 2021
  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve Card Members with unused Delta Sky Club guest passes will have expiration dates for those passes extended to December 31, 2021

These extensions are for eligible Card Members with benefits issued January 1 – November 30, 2020. They will happen automatically in the coming weeks, with no action needed from customers, says the carrier.

Delta Sky Club Memberships (that were active as of March 1, 2020) will be extended again for Members to enjoy through June 30, 2021.

Diamond and Platinum Medallion Members who selected Upgrade Certificates, Delta Sky Club Memberships, Delta Sky Club Guest Passes, or Delta Travel Vouchers or gave Medallion Status through Delta’s exclusive Choice Benefits for the 2020 Medallion Year will get to select new Choice Benefits starting on February 1, 2021 (the start of the 2021 Medallion Year) or as they earn Medallion Status (like they normally would).

According to Delta, Choice Benefits enable members to customise their benefits by what matters most to them each Medallion Year.

Additionally, SkyMiles Select Members will receive an additional six-month extension to the benefits, including any unused drink vouchers.

Travel flexibility 

Effective immediately, Delta is making the following permanent changes for travel within the US (including Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands):

  • Eliminating the $150 redeposit fee to cancel an award ticket and the $150 reissue fee to change an award ticket for all SkyMiles Members. This covers travel on all tickets, excluding Basic Economy fares.
  • Allowing changes and cancelations on award tickets before departure for all SkyMiles Members, excluding Basic Economy fares. No longer will changes and cancelations made within 72 hours of departure result in the loss of miles on domestic award tickets.

When considering future travel, both SkyMiles Members and all other customers can already take advantage of the greater flexibility and peace of mind that Delta offers today:

  • Delta has waived change fees for all travel on all tickets purchased from March 2020 through the end of the year. This means a customer considering purchasing a ticket for US domestic or international travel right now, will incur no change fees even if they are scheduled to travel next year.
  • Beyond 2020, Delta also permanently eliminated change fees for tickets purchased for travel within the US (including Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands). This excludes Basic Economy fares.

Customers can also use their travel credits through December 2022 for travel originally scheduled to depart before March 31, 2021 (if the ticket was purchased before April 17, 2020).