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How can a bereavement flight be booked on Delta?

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Bereavement fares on Delta Airlines may be booked and ticketed through Delta reservations when the passenger provides proof of the death and of his relationship to the deceased. The passenger must be a SkyMiles Member to qualify for the fare. Immediate enrollment is available on Delta's website, Delta.com.

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Bereavement fares are limited to immediate family members, such as spouses, parents, grandparents, children, and nieces and nephews. The fares are also available to in-laws and clergy members conducting the service.

Documentation is needed to show the passenger's relationship to the deceased, the name and phone number of the funeral home or care facility, and the attending physician, if applicable. Travel agents may call Delta on behalf of the client to check on schedules and rules, but may not ticket the bereavement fare.

Travel on domestic flights must begin within three days of purchase. The fares are also applicable to limited international flights to Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with travel beginning within seven days of purchase. No stopovers or open jaw flights are permitted, but changes are fine. Passengers may not fly standby. Round-trip tickets require a Saturday night stay.

Bereavement tickets are eligible for Platinum Medallion, North American and mileage upgrades. The mileage upgrades may only be used with certain award codes. Not all of Delta's partner airlines accept bereavement tickets.

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