I would appreciate your thoughts on how to deal with Delta Airlines regarding a ticket that will not be used on the scheduled flight date. Back in December 2018 I purchased a round trip ticket to Tokyo for July – August 2020 to attend the Olympic Games. This is a “non-refundable” ticket; it is not the super cheap express ticket. Because of the novel corona pandemic this ticket has no immediate value to me since the Games have been postponed until 2021 or 2022.
When I contacted Delta they said I could rebook on a future flight or I could receive an eCredit voucher for the amount of what I paid and which could be redeemed any time before Sept 2022. No ticket change fee would be charged. This offer is acceptable except that maybe Delta could declare bankruptcy before I could use the voucher. My first question is: what is the likelihood that Delta will declare bankruptcy (the Wall Street Journal says that this airline is one of the hardest hit in today’s economy), and if so would it void all eCredits?
Several sources say that it might be possible to receive a refund if the airline cancels the flight or makes a significant change to the scheduled arrival time. The travel writer for the LA Times suggests making no changes to the reservation until the “last minute” to see if the flight is cancelled. My second question is: how close to the scheduled departure date can I get and still cancel the reservation and get an eCredit voucher? Or would the airline give you ample advance notice that the flight was cancelled. delta is still accepting reservations for the flight on which i am booked.
Thanks for your help.