Delta frequent flier fees and rules

The airline industry is changing, and frequent flier award tickets are no longer free. Here is a chart of fees you can expect to pay if you plan to cash in your air miles. Click on the tab for your airline.


Award processing fee
(fee for cashing in miles):
Service fee
(based on how you redeem award):
$25 for booking on phone or in person
Quick ticketing fee: If you use miles to purchase a ticket within 20 days of travel, pay $75 per ticket
If you want a paper ticket: n/a
Fees for changing dates, times and reissuing tickets: If you change the time of your flight but keep it on the same day, fee is $50. To reissue, $100.
Redeposit fee (if you don't use your award ticket and want the points credited back to your account): $100
Preservation fee: n/a
Reactivation fee: n/a
Standby fee: n/a
Fuel surcharge: $25 for flights between and within U.S. and Canada. $50 for flights from U.S./Canada to international.
Partner handling fee (if you fly any leg of the trip with a partner carrier): $25
Express delivery fee: n/a
Expiration: Will not expire as long as there is account activity at least once every two years (including earning, redeeming or buying miles)
Annual fee: Delta Gold: $95. Platinum Delta: $150. Delta Options business: $55.

Fees, as always, are subject to change. To report an update, write

See related: Is it time to cash in your frequent flier miles?, The evolution of frequent flier cards and programs

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Updated: 04-26-2019