We received multiple reports that a huge Schedule Change Saturday is underway. And this one is particularly insidious.
Not only are Delta Air Lines flights involved, but we hear Air France, Virgin Atlantic, and KLM are in on the action, too.
Departure and arrival times, flight numbers, aircraft, and seat assignments are in flux.
“This latest barrage of schedule changes with SkyTeam carriers even caught us off guard!” point.me‘s Miles Jackson told me.
“We are seeing an unprecedented amount of schedule changes this year,” he added. “This situation arises because the airlines are trying to maximize their airline utilization during this ‘post-pandemic’ time.”
If your Delta itinerary changes by 120 minutes you’re eligible for a complimentary itinerary change to something that better suits your needs if a Delta schedule change consists of at least one of these criteria:
- A delay of 120 minutes or more
- A change in the routing of a scheduled Delta flight which adds one or more stops to the original itinerary
- A change in equipment from Delta Mainline to Delta Connection carrier
- Any change that causes a misconnect
- If a flight cancels and no comparable or acceptable routing is available within 120 minutes
If your schedule change isn’t quite two hours, it can’t hurt to call Delta and ask for a different itinerary. Though Delta reps don’t seem to have the leeway they once did to make changes.
Make sure to jump on that — especially if you strategically select where you sit (bulkheads, exit rows, lucky numbers, etc.) before someone else takes your prized seat.
I’m hearing from people who schedules now are prohibiting them from making connections. Others have experience aircraft changes that screwed up their seating plans.
PSA: Let point.me Deal With These Headaches
“We monitor every single flight we sell through our partner ticketing agency for schedule changes, cancellations, and even aircraft swaps,” Mr. Jackson told me during a two-minute break between fixing a client’s reservations. “That’s another reason to leave your mileage run and award trip planning up to a professional team dedicated to you.”
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