Well, it's booked! Seven days in New Orleans the first week of January!
The only small drawback is that our flight arrives in New Orleans at midnight, and we leave to go back home on a 7 a.m. flight out. This cuts two full days out of our 7-day holiday, which is a little annoying, since we have a ton to see in 5 days (although those particular flights offered the most reasonable prices).
Does anyone know if Delta allows you to change your flight to an earlier one? Do they charge you extra for it? If so, how much? How far in advance do you have to make the request, and how complicated would that be if you're flying on an e-ticket?
Lots of questions, but any answers at all would be most helpful!
Delta's change policy is a little mucked up, if you ask me.
Delta Change Policy
This is what I was told when I tried to change a flight earlier this year.
Unlike most airlines, Delta does not have same-day stand by. Most airlines allow you to show up early at the airport, and they will put you on the next available flight to your destination if there are seats available.
Delta considers this a ticketing change. Change fee is $100 for flights between Canada and the U.S.. However, this has the advantage of allowing you to do it whenever. Note that if the change in tickets means that you go to a different fare, you may need to also pay the difference in the fare.
You should be able to change your ticket at any time. In fact, it's probably better to do it as soon as possible. That way you are less likely to run into a problem with having to change fare classes and that costing more than the $100 change fee.
Whatever you do, don't just not show up for the flight back and hope that you can get on a later flight. Most of the North American airlines have insituted a policy that says if you miss your flight your ticket is worthless (unless it is fully refundable).
I was hoping to avoid any additional fees altogether (got a good deal at $410 return - any more than that and it won't be a deal anymore!). Guess that's why the flights are at such odd hours, though...
BUT! Woo hoo, going to New Orleans!
Officially you aren't able to do it, but if you show up to the airport early they might be nice and put you on the earlier flight for free of charge. However, you might end up sitting around doing nothing but waiting for a long, long time.
As for the flight back, you are kind of hosed. Either you pay the change fee or show up. Missing it and hoping they put you on a later flight is no longer an option, unless you really like to live dangerously.