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Delta’s Blocked Middle Seats, Filtered Air and Safety Tips Bring Comfort and Joy to Holiday Travel

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737
Delta Air Lines Boeing 737 | Image courtesy of Delta Air Lines

Looking to travel this holiday season? Here’s what to expect.

Booking a trip continues to bring people joy this year, with 97 percent of respondents to a recent study sharing that having a trip planned makes them happier. If it’s been a while since you’ve travelled and you are looking forward to a trip this holiday season, Delta is ready to take you to loved ones safely. That’s why the airline is offering these tips – the four C’s of holiday travel – to help flyers navigate the winter travel season with comfort and joy:


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Sanitising onboard | Image courtesy of Delta Air Lines

Fly with confidence knowing Delta is blocking middle seats through at least Jan. 6, 2021, and electrostatic spraying high-touch services using high-grade disinfectant – every flight, every day. And you can breathe easy onboard knowing that the air is refreshed every three to six minutes with fresh outside air through an industrial-grade HEPA filter.

TSA is taking care to ensure your luggage and gifts pass through checkpoints safely with enhanced hourly cleaning protocols.

Taking care of you is what Delta people do best, and to take care of our employees, Delta has rolled out a robust employee COVID-19 testing program so gate agents, baggage handlers, flight crews and more can continue to safely serve you.

Learn more about the 100+ measures Delta has put in place as part of the Delta CareStandard to ensure a safe experience for customers and employees.


As you consider your travel plans within the U.S. or around the world, know that Delta offers flights to a strategic, reliable network to take you to the places you want to go most. Delta will operate more than 3,800 peak-day flights per day this Thanksgiving season, increasing frequencies from our U.S. hub airports to popular leisure destinations like Florida, Mexico and Hawaii to provide more choice and industry-leading connectivity. Whether you’re seeking a sunny beach, the wide-open Mountain West or a highly anticipated visit to see family, Delta will get you to your destination while prioritizing your health and safety throughout the journey.

And together with our partners, you can also enjoy a seamless experience connecting through our major global hubs to over 244 destinations around the world.

We know plans can change, so rest assured if you need to change or cancel your ticket. Delta has waived change fees for all travel on all tickets purchased from March 2020 through the end of the year, and permanently eliminated change fees for U.S. domestic travel (excluding Basic Economy fares).

Need some help on the go? Message a Delta representative on the app or on for quick and convenient assistance.

You can also enjoy your benefits when you’re ready: benefits for some Delta SkyMiles American Express Card Members, Delta Sky Club Members and more were further extended into 2021. Delta is doubling down on the industry-leading Medallion Status extension and Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) rollover for 2021 announced in April, all to give you more choice, control and time to enjoy your benefits.


Delta Sky Club full-service bar at new Salt Lake City airport
Delta Sky Club full-service bar at new Salt Lake City airport | Image courtesy of Delta Air Lines

Although a lot has changed about travel this year, many experiences remain the same if you are returning to the skies for the first time in a while.

Unwind at any of the dozens of Delta Sky Clubs open with numerous safety measures in place, enjoy over 300 hours of in-flight entertainment on Delta Studio, or take advantage of free mobile phone messaging via iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger to stay connected with friends and family while in flight.

Navigate check-in and the airport with the Fly Delta app. Download the Fly Delta app before you travel– using your SkyMiles number for easy access, while keep track of all your flights. It automatically checks in eligible customers 24 hours before scheduled departure, shares real-time updates throughout the journey, sends push notifications when it’s time to board and even allows you to rebook or select a seat from the palm of their hand. Not a SkyMiles Member? Enrolling is free and easy. You’ll earn miles that don’t expire and can be used toward travel anywhere Delta flies.


Let Delta help you spread some holiday cheer and give loved ones a head start on planning future getaways. Delta Gift Cards never expire, are easy to give and amazing to receive; use towards airfare or Delta Vacations packages that include airfare, with hundreds of destinations worldwide. Purchase for contactless delivery at, pick one up at Delta Sky Clubs, or buy at a grocery, pharmacy, home goods or general merchandise store near you.

Source: Delta Air Lines

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