For 12/20-12/25 I'm seeing JFK-LAS in U at $385 and in I at $663, which is +$139 each way. I have a 25k award those dates (but better timing) but I'm also sitting on a 10% voucher which expires at the end of the year. I'll keep watching.
For someone with two pieces of checked luggage in each direction, upgrading to F can be a no brainer in many cases. $120 round trip in luggage charges can end up being MORE than they would spend on an F upgrade.
Yet another reason that medallion status continues to diminish.
Delta is in the business to make money. We as Delta customers have the option of flying with them or not.
If you are not happy then you can always switch carriers
I actually choose to not let these things bother me.
I'm not one who whines about not being upgraded. I selected to fly on two crj-200's this week even though I had options at the same price to fly on a plane with the possibility of an F upgrade. Giving away your premium product (yes, $39 is giving it away) to someone who in all likelihood is not one of your frequent flyers is not a good idea. If Delta is having trouble filling their first class cabin with actual F fares then I suggest they decrease the seats in the first class cabin and add more economy seats.
Programs: DL DM/SkyClub, UA Premier Platinum (from CM), LANPASS Premium Silver
Originally Posted by fti
We all saw this coming. It has been talked about for a long time - the whole FCM thing.
This is a SALE! It is not the normal FCM. Obviously this is targeted at the leisure crowd as business travel is pretty much at a screeching halt from Dec 15-Jan 5. Why wouldn't DL try to get a few extra bucks for each seat during that time period? Flights likely will be oversold anyways and the number of road warriors traveling will be quite low. Lots of good F deals out there, I don't think many can complain if they don't get upgraded over the holidays when there is an opportunity to buy F for the price of L or U class. This also probably isn't mainly being done for $$$$ I would imagine that it is being done for exposure and the belief that if someone who normally wouldn't buy F buys it once and tries out the product that they will likely buy it again...at that point it will be far more expensive (normal prices) but may actually help add to DLs bottom line.