What happens to my ticket if I can't go on the day I was supposed to?

GetHuman-shelster's customer service issue with Delta from June 2018

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The problem: What happens to my ticket if I can't go on the day I was supposed to?
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My ticket will no longer be worth anything even though I paid ***.** for it. If I wanted to use it at a later date, it would be a ***.** penalty so it makes sense just to buy a new ticket as opposed to paying the extra ***.**.
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Customer service issue
Reported by GetHuman-shelster
Jun 1st, 2018 - 5 mons ago
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Flight Number
Ticket Number
Email on Reservation
Phone Number on Reservation
Name of Passenger(s)
Home Address
Date of Birth
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GetHuman-shelster started working on this issue
Jun 1st 12:21pm
GetHuman-shelster confirmed the issue is fixed. Hooray!
Jun 2nd 6:22pm
GetHuman-shelster confirmed the issue is fixed. Hooray!
Jun 4th 11:56pm