Delta Air Lines wants to take you to the Caribbean. The carrier just announced the launch of two new direct routes to destinations in the Caribbean. Although the new routes won’t launch until December 2nd, you might want to keep them in mind if you’re looking for a pre-holiday or post-holiday escape this year and don’t feel like suffering on a budget carrier. Tickets probably won’t be cheap, but there’s a good chance Delta will offer some type of introductory promotion as we get closer to December.
What are the new direct routes to the Caribbean coming from Delta this year?
Delta is launching new daily service from Detroit to Jamaica’s Montego Bay and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. You can already get to both places from Detroit using Saturday service as of right now. However, the new routes open up the possibility of departing from Motor City any day of the week. Delta plans to operate both of its new routes using its Boeing 737-800 planes. The 180 seats on those planes include 20 first-class seats and 21 Comfort+ seats.
Delta is seriously focused on expanding its offerings to the Caribbean this year. You may have heard that the carrier already announced that it will be expanding its routes out of Detroit to include new Saturday flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico. That new option is also going to launch on December 21. It’s no secret that Delta is feeling threatened by budget carriers like Sun Country and Allegiant when it comes to the Caribbean market. Delta is making its move to try to become the go-to carrier for flights out of the Midwest to the Caribbean. However, it’s going to be impossible to do that as long as cheaper airlines are still offering bare-bones tickets. The reality is that most people care less about how they get to paradise and more about how they are going to be able to afford a trip to paradise. Many people are more than happy to compromise with minimal perks during a flight after they’ve found a heavily discounted resort package for some spot in the Caribbean online. That’s especially true when it comes to college kids heading to warm-weather spots in the Caribbean for spring break.
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