ATLANTA, June 27, 2008 – In response to continued, unprecedented fuel costs, Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will add a fuel surcharge to SkyMiles Award Tickets originating from the U.S. and Canada.

Effective Aug. 15, 2008, the SkyMiles® program will add:

  • A $25 surcharge for Award Travel between the 50 states and Canada
  • A $50 surcharge for Award Travel between the 50 states/Canada and all international destinations, including the Caribbean, Latin America, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific.

This fuel surcharge will not impact existing ticketed award itineraries or award tickets issued prior to Aug. 15, 2008, regardless of the date of travel.

“The price of fuel has nearly doubled in the last year, causing considerable financial stress to Delta’s business. As a result, Delta is implementing initiatives across all areas of the business to mitigate the extraordinary run up in fuel expense,” said Jeff Robertson, managing director of Delta’s SkyMiles Program.  “This was a difficult but essential decision in the face of record-high fuel costs. We hope this is temporary, and should fuel prices subside from current levels, we will reevaluate this surcharge.”

Delta remains committed to making SkyMiles the best frequent flyer program in the industry and providing members with the most benefits and rewards.  Delta will continue to expand the destinations and opportunities for Award Travel and strengthen the program as the airline prepares for its proposed merger with Northwest Airlines®.  Additionally, Delta will launch a new multi-tiered award program and other key initiatives throughout the next 60 days.
The award-winning Delta SkyMiles program offers members multiple mileage-earning opportunities when flying Delta, Delta Shuttle®, the Delta Connection® carriers, Delta AirElite® and other SkyTeam® airlines.  Additional mileage-building opportunities are offered through more than 100 partners such as the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express,, participating hotels, car rental companies, telecommunication services, restaurants, retailers and more.  Now in its 27th year, SkyMiles is one of the longest-running and most successful loyalty programs in the travel industry.  It was named “Best Frequent Flyer Program” for 2006 and 2007 by Business Traveler magazine and received top honors for “Best Bonus Promotion” from InsideFlyer magazine at the 2007 Freddie Awards. 

Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 324 destinations in 62 countries.  Delta has added more international capacity than any major U.S. airline during the last two years and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 43 trans-Atlantic markets.  To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers 600 weekly flights to 62 destinations.  Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 16,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners.  Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 474 worldwide destinations in 104 countries.  Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at

Terms and Conditions
A fuel surcharge applies for any Award Tickets originating from the U.S. and Canada issued or exchanged on or after August 15, 2008. This surcharge is $25 for round trip Award Tickets for U.S. and Canada travel; $50 round trip for all other destinations including Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean, Trans-Atlantic, Trans-Pacific and Latin America. Additional taxes and fees apply. All taxes and fees for Award Travel are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is issued. Award Travel seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Partner airline benefits subject to change and subject to the terms and conditions of each partner. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program Rules.

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