FlyerTalk members are reacting positively overall thus far regarding the news posted this morning about domestic Economy Comfort seats and the sale of Preferred Seats on Delta Air Lines.
You will now be able to select an Economy Comfort seat on transcontinental flights between John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Los Angeles International Airport or San Francisco International Airport for travel on or after December 1, 2011.
Delta Air Lines will also be announcing Preferred Seats for sale. However — as is the policy currently in place — Delta SkyMiles Medallion members will continue to enjoy unrestricted access to complimentary Preferred Seats at any time during the booking process. Starting today, those passengers who are not Delta SkyMiles Medallion members will have the ability to purchase any remaining Preferred Seats for a fee during the check-in window from 24 hours prior to departure until the time of boarding.
As with international Economy Comfort seats, domestic Economy Comfort seats will have up to four inches of extra legroom and 50 percent more recline. You will be able to access or select an Economy Comfort seat either at www.delta.com, during check-in via the Internet, or at the kiosk at the airport.
The SkyMiles Medallion pricing for Economy Comfort seats on transcontinental flights will be exactly the same as for other Economy Comfort seats on domestic flights within the United States. Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion Delta SkyMiles members will receive complimentary access to Economy Comfort seats on transcontinental flights, while Silver Medallions will receive 50 percent savings on routes equipped with Economy Comfort seats. In addition, Y, B or M class fares will include complimentary access to Economy Comfort seats.
An e-mail message will be sent later today to Delta Air Lines customers pertaining to this news.
Delta Air Lines has struck a nice balance between offering a perk for its elite customers while still maintaining an opportunity to earn additional revenue, in my opinion. However — selfishly speaking as a Million Miler member of the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program — it would be nice for Million Miler members to enjoy the same access privileges to Economy Comfort seats as Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion Delta SkyMiles members, as Million Miler members are technically Silver Medallion SkyMiles members. This is merely a suggestion, as it will not adversely affect me if I ever find myself not achieving at least Gold Medallion SkyMiles status in the future and not being able to secure an Economy Comfort seat.