Update 1/13/21: Both United & American Airlines have adopted similar policies as predicted.
- United will waive the fare difference on flights booked on or before January 12, 2021 on flights originally scheduled through February 15, 2021 (no official release as of yet, but media team is confirming this currently)
- American Airlines will waive the fare difference on flights booked on or before January 12, 2021 on flights originally scheduled through February 9, 2021.
Original post: Delta has announced that it’s issuing a fare difference waiver for consumers rebooking international tickets that were purchased on or before January 12, 2021. The fare difference will be waived for customers originally scheduled to travel internationally to the U.S. through February 9 that rebook travel to begin on or before January 25. This fare difference waiver is being offered as the CDC is introducing new testing requirements that require all passengers to receive a negative COVID-19 test result within 3 days of departure for flights to the U.S. I suspect we will see similar waivers from other airlines as they come to terms with these new testing requirements from the CDC.