Although the European Union has made some positive noises about opening up its borders to travelers from the United States, nothing concrete has yet been put into place and that has left the bigger US airlines looking around for destinations that they don’t yet serve and that are happy to accept visitors with a year’s worth of travel dollars burning holes in their pockets.
The headline-grabbing announcement we got from Delta yesterday was the one that let us know that the airline was making the quest for Medallion elites status considerably easier for this year, but a more important announcement was also released at the same time - Delta travel vouchers will no longer expire in 2021 and the airline's global waiver has been extended.
As part of a broader set of domestic route announcements, Delta has confirmed that it plans to follow in the footsteps of Alaska Airlines and offer more seasonal services between California and destinations that offer travelers access to wide open spaces, national parks, mountains and more outdoor activities than most people can handle.
Back in November, Delta announced that it was running a trial in which it was offering customers and crew traveling between Atlanta and Rome, a series of COVID tests during their journey with the aim of allowing all participants to enter Italy without being subjected to the countries quarantine rules. A similar trial was carried out for travelers flying between Atlanta and Amsterdam.
Delta has announced that starting from 16 March, its cabin crews will be equipped with tap-to-pay processing terminals that will allow customers to start making onboard purchases without the need for them to come into contact with the terminal.
Delta has today announced an extension of the measures it first introduced back in April 2020 as the airline says that it will continue to block the middle seat in its aircraft through April 2021.
American Express may have launched a new offer specifically at its Delta co-branded cards this morning (new offers were launched for various other co-branded cards but as I don't hold an Amex Delta card I can't be 100% sure) but there's also a Delta offer available on non-co-branded cards too. This deal may not offer a huge cash discount but considering how easy it should be to use (assuming that you fly with Delta), it's still an offer that's worth keeping in mind.
With the US Center for Disease Control announcing that it is introducing a requirement for international travelers to undergo pre-departure COVID-19 testing from 26 January, Delta has announced that it's bringing in a short-term measure to help some travelers with existing bookings who wish to travel before the new requirement comes into force.
First Alaska Airlines banned emotional support animals at the end of December, then American Airlines announced a ban earlier this week and now Delta has announced that it too will no longer ticket emotional support animals from Monday, 11 January.
Back in November, American Airlines announced that it was eliminating change fees on most international bookings that originate in the United States and now, three weeks later, Delta has followed suit with a similar announcement of its own.