Posted February 12th, 2013, 08:15 PM
The only way that would happen with Delta is if you booked a fully refundable fare. Most fares do not fall in that category.
Well, not exactly ...
4. Risk Free Cancellation, allowing reservations to be cancelled without penalty for 24-hours after the reservation is made.
QUOTE: Even if you buy a non-refundable ticket from Delta, we will give you time to compare our fares with those of other airlines (valid for travel originating in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada). You may cancel and refund your ticket in full until midnight, one day after the reservation is made. For example, a ticket purchased anytime on Monday can be cancelled and refunded until midnight on Tuesday. If the reservation is made on the date of travel, you may cancel and refund your paid ticket in full until midnight that day.
I paid $1,400 + change for a one-way ticket from Fort Meyers, FL to Manila, Philippines 4 days prior to the flight. 1 day prior to the flight, I cancelled and got a "credit back" for exactly $1,400+.
Fully refundable ... and this ticket was for the cheapest "coach class".
The only reason the ticket was expensive is that it was purchased just 4 days prior to departure.