It is much easier to use DL SWUs on AF than on DL. Not sure I understand your statement.
I'm not sure easier is the right word. Perhaps cheaper, but DL SWUs are incredibly easy to use - awesome upgrade availability is precisely why I stay with DL.
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Interesting... Although I've heard horror stories about connecting in CDG. What type of A/C is DL running?
Connecting in CDG is not nearly as bad as the horror stories make it out to be. They have actually made a lot of improvements and the experience (at least for elites and premium cabin passengers) is not that bad. The priority security lines work well, the lounges are numerous and uncrowded, and the duty free shops are good. The dining options are abysmal, but the same is true of AMS and doubly true of FRA. CDG is not as nice as LHR T5, and still a step behind AMS (though AMS slips in my estimation every time I fly through there), but it is better than given credit for.
W --> O on AF is actually not bad at all. YBM --> Z at the airport is working as well. Of course MBYW is an issue but from there I have been rather lucky getting the UG
I would never call using a SWU on Delta "easy".
Easy is booking a fare, and upgrading if available. Not easy is making sure I book a specific fare class, but only dropping that chunk of change instead of buying any fare class if upgrade space is available, because who knows what will happen.
Seems the best for Delta, though, and they need to stay afloat somehow.
Location: SEA - DL DM/2MM, *A Gold, SPG Lifetime Plat, some other car and hotel stuff
Originally Posted by Drile
I'm all for continued DL expansion of operations at SEA.
Although, with that said, this is another route where it is now harder to use a SWU.
As someone who took SEA-CDG-SEA roughly quarterly, I am very disappointed to see this go to DL metal. It was an indeed an easy SWU upgrade from a Premium Economy fare. And often, Prem Eco was the cheapest econ fare, which was great for those with tight corporate travel policies.
This situation made AF on SEA-CDG my airline of choice TATL.
As a DL DM in SEA, I am very sorry to see this change. I would have been far happier to see AMS convert to KL metal.
M fares on DL metal are awful. This will definitely affect my buying habits for TATL once it is effective.