Many Delta eCredits expire at the end of 2023 — here’s how to use them

Delta Air Lines, like many other airlines, has extended the expiration date for credits from canceled flights multiple times over the past few years. However, this extension period is coming to an end, and it’s important for passengers to be aware of the upcoming expiration date.

Some passengers may have forgotten that they have these credits, which are set to expire on December 31st. However, these credits can still be used for travel through November 2024. In this article, we will discuss how passengers can check if they have any unused credits and how to use them before it’s too late.

To check if you have unused Delta eCredits, the first step is to log in to your Delta SkyMiles account. From a desktop computer, click on your name in the top right-hand corner and select “Profile” at the bottom of the pop-up. Under “My Profile” on the left-hand side, click on “Certificates, eCredits & Vouchers.” On the mobile app, tap on “Account,” then “My Wallet,” and finally “Certificates & eCredits.” Alternatively, if you are unsure if you have any eCredits attached to your SkyMiles account, you can enter your contact information (phone number and last name) at a provided link to see if you have any available eCredits.

Once you have confirmed that you have unused eCredits, it’s important to note that it is unlikely these credits will be extended again. However, passengers can always contact Delta and request an extension, although the chances of it being granted are small. Instead, passengers should look ahead into 2024 and book a flight that they may want to take. For example, it could be a quick weekend getaway to New York City or a trip to see fall foliage next fall. As the date approaches and plans firm up, passengers can contact Delta and request a change to the ticket if they no longer want the originally booked flight.

Passengers can also consider looking at trips they have already confirmed for 2024 to see if it makes sense to cancel and rebook using the expiring eCredit. For instance, if a passenger booked a $400 flight for April 2024 back on September 14th, 2023, and used their travel credit card (since they forgot about the expiring eCredit), they can cancel the original reservation for a new eCredit and then rebook the flight using the expiring one. The new eCredit will then expire on September 14th, 2024, effectively swapping the expiring eCredit for a new one that’s valid for several more months.

To book a flight using the eCredit, passengers can follow the steps mentioned earlier to access their account and select the expiring eCredit. Then, they can click “Continue,” which will take them to the normal search page for flights. A banner at the top will detail the credit being used. Alternatively, passengers can simply search for a flight and apply their eCredits at checkout. The payment section will have a “Use eCredits” link.

In conclusion, it is crucial for passengers to be aware of the upcoming expiration date for Delta eCredits. Many of these credits that were previously extended will expire at the end of this year. Passengers should log in to their Delta account to check if they have any funds expiring on December 31st, 2023. If they do, it is recommended to book a trip for 2024 and modify the reservation if plans change. It’s important to note that eCredits are nontransferable and must be used by the traveler for whom the ticket was originally booked. Additionally, they can only be used for revenue fares and are not eligible for award tickets or upgrades.

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