Delta’s Empty Middle Seat Policy Extended into 2021

With the return to air travel being sluggish at best, Delta Air Lines has committed to extend its open middle seat policy through January 6, 2021. The Atlanta-based carrier clearly can see that advance bookings are very weak, and is betting that the guaranteed extra spacing onboard its flights will be a strong sales point for travelers this fall and during the Christmas/New Year’s holiday period, too.

Photo coutesy of Delta Air Lines.

Delta will also be limiting the number of passengers on each flight so that even aircraft with 2-2 seating will provide for ample space between customers. When choosing seats online for one or two travelers, middle seats will show as blocked. Parties of three or more will view the seat assignment page with middle seat availability should they choose to ride together.

The airline has also extended their change fee waiver through September 30, 2020 for new flight purchases. Schedule changes are permitted without charge for up to one year from the original date of departure.

Delta is the largest carrier at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), with a major hub operation in normal times. Flights and destinations have been reduced due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Published by iFlyMSP

After a 35-year travel industry career, the time has come to kick back and relax. Well, not exactly, but it is time to travel without a business schedule dictating where and when. Over the years I've traveled extensively by air for work, both domestically and internationally. I've been to some incredibly exciting and beautiful destinations, and some others, not so much. So now it's my turn (and hopefully yours), to explore the world at a more leisurely pace. Whether you want to discover the U.S. or another continent, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is a great starting point. And that's what this blog is all about. I'm not here to assist the rich and famous in figuring out how to best earn and utilize their millions of airline miles and hotel points. Instead, my focus will be on the average Joe and Josephine. Hard-working people (like you!) who have saved up over time for their once or twice a year escape from reality. So if you're contemplating a getaway from MSP or the Upper Midwest via the Twin Cities, you've come to the right place. Happy trails!

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