Are you looking for ways to save on flights? Whether you're a frequent flyer or planning your next vacation, you'll want to know about this Delta trick that could save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on your airfare. This hack is all about purchasing the same flight for less money, even if you've already booked it.

Flight prices fluctuate constantly and if the price of your upcoming flight drops after you've booked, you can get refunded for the difference.   Read the details below and watch the videos for step-by-step visual directions.  Here's how it works....


Your Guide to Delta Savings

My name Terry and I’m a travel blogger and content creator who specializes in finding and sharing Delta flight hacks through personal experience. I’ve helped countless travelers save big on their flights, including a recent friend who saved €822 on a flight she had already booked. My tips and tricks are easy to follow (I’m a former elementary school teacher), and they're all about helping you get the most out of your travel budget.

The Delta Trick: How to Save on Flights You've Already Booked

1.  Access Your Booked Flight:  Log into your Delta account and find the flight you've already booked. Click on the "change or add flights" option.

2.  Start the Flight Change Process: The system will load the flights you already have. Click on "start flight change."

3.  Select Your Flights: You'll see your flights listed. Select the checkboxes next to the flights you want to change, then click "find new flight."

4.  Choose Your Original Flight: From the list of available flights, scroll down to find your original flight and select it. Do this for each leg of your journey. (You can also change your flight if you'd prefer to do so)

5.  Review and Complete Your Purchase: Scroll to the bottom of the page to see your original flight and the new flight. If the new flight is cheaper, click "complete purchase."

Proof That It Works: Tomiko's Story

I recently helped a friend, Tomiko Harvey of Passports and Grub, save big using this Delta trick. Tomiko was able to get a credit of €822 on her flight, even though she had already booked it. That's a savings of nearly $900, just by following my simple steps.  Don’t believe me?  She shared the receipts on her TikTok page.

Frequently Asked Questions

To help clarify some of the most common queries, here's a breakdown of the frequently asked questions and their answers.

1. Does this work with basic economy tickets?

No, this  does not work with basic economy tickets. I recommend that you purchase a main cabin ticket when you book on Delta so that you have more flexibility to change your flight, can select your own seats, as well as earn Skymiles and Medallion Qualification Miles. If flight prices go down, you may end up saving enough money to make it as affordable as if you had booked a basic economy ticket.

2. Does this work with other airlines?

Yes, this works with several other airlines.  There are several comments on the viral TikTok video from viewers who have successfully used this trick with Southwest, United, American Airlines, and others. 

3. Does this work with award tickets?

Yes, this does work with award tickets. The miles that you book with Delta will get redeposited right back into your SkyMiles account.

4. How is the price difference refunded?

The difference in the price of the flight will be given back to you as an e-credit, which you can find in the Delta app under "my wallet". Be sure to use this e-credit for a future flight before it expires. The expiration date can be found in the same location.  If you booked a refundable fare, you can have the money refunded to the card you used to purchase your flight.

5. Does this work for all cabins?

This works for all cabins except basic economy. If you have a Delta One ticket, first class, Premium Select, or Comfort Plus, make sure that when you go to select the flights, you are looking at the top of the screen where it says “main cabin, premium select, Comfort +, etc., and select the cabin that you're already in to see if there's a price difference.

Follow for More Travel Tips and Tricks

If you're interested in learning more ways to save on flights, or what tips of accommodations and experiences to book on your travels, make sure to follow me on social media. I’m always sharing new Delta tips, tricks, and hacks that can help you make the most of your travel budget. 

Whether you're a frequent flyer or not, let me help you save more on future trips.

If you need even more help, I offer consulting services and can help you customize your upcoming trip with fun experiences, places, to stay, transporation, and more.

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About the Author

Hi! My name is Terry and I'm a former elementary school teacher. After 13 years in the classroom, I decided to take my side hustle of creating educational resources full-time.

Now, I work remotely and have the time and flexibility to do what I've always wanted to do more of: TRAVELING. I've created an online space where I can share my adventures along with tips for anyone who has had the desire to seek adventure, but may have things holding them back. Whether it's financial reasons, or you simply don't have anyone to go with - I'm here to help you get inspired to just go for it and book the trip!

If you're looking for that push/motivation, follow along with me! Make sure you check me out on TikTok and Instagram, too!