Yesterday Delta updated the terms and conditions of the SkyMiles program to say 3 day advance purchase was required for any awards not starting or ending in the US or Canada.
Delta contacted me to let me know that this was a mistake, that the terms and conditions have been fixed and no longer reflect this requirement.
Yesterday the section ‘Award Travel Ticketing Restrictions’ said,
Award Tickets that do not originate or end in the United States or Canada have a three-day advance purchase requirement. This includes routes like Paris (CDG) connecting through New York City (JFK) to Sao Paulo (GRU), or Shanghai (PVG) to/from Tokyo (NRT). No Exceptions. The advanced purchase applies to all Award bookings in the affected markets.
That’s been rolled back to say that awards from certain (~ 60) countries require a 3 day advance purchase or airport ticketing:
Award Tickets purchased for travel within or originating in China, Russia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brazil and any country in Africa require a 72-hour advance purchase. Members desiring travel within or originating in these markets within 72 hours must go to the airport to purchase their ticket, including reissues. No Exceptions. The advanced purchase applies to all Award bookings in the affected markets.
In other words the operative restriction is the one that was imposed at the end of February without notice on members. There is no new restriction that’s imposed at this time.