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Delta Now Includes 5 Fare Categories, Changes International First to Delta One

Delta Now Includes 5 Fare Categories, Changes International First to Delta One
Joe Cortez

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Delta changes splits fares into five categories, removing First Class from international routes, and reducing amenities in Basic Economy.

More changes are coming for flyers on Delta Air Lines in 2015. The legacy carrier announced the new cabin experience on their website, splitting their product into five classes with a scheduled roll out beginning March 1.

At the bottom of the tiers is the previously announced Basic Economy, offering flyers a low fare with no ticket changes, refunds or advance seat selection. Noticeable changes begin on February 1, when upgrades from Basic Economy, including purchasing priority boarding and class upgrades, will be discontinued. Basic Economy is currently available to select domestic destinations from four Delta hubs.

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Main Cabin service will offer the same experience as Basic Economy, but allows flyers to select their seats in advance and offers some flexibility, including limited changes and refunds. In addition, Main Cabin flyers will also receive complimentary alcoholic beverages on long-haul international routes.

Delta Comfort+ will replace Economy Comfort as the premium economy class. Along with priority boarding and extra leg room, the new Delta Comfort+ will include redesigned quilted seats, dedicated overhead bin space and complimentary alcoholic beverages. Long-haul international flyers in Delta Comfort+ will also receive a pre-set sleep kit.

The traditional First Class offering will be reduced to select short-haul domestic and international routes. Replacing First Class on long haul international and select domestic routes is Delta One, formerly known as BusinessElite. The new Delta One will feature flat-bed seats with bedding designed by Westin Hotels, special amenity kits, chef-curated menus and complimentary access to the Delta Sky Club lounge prior to boarding.

Officials at the airline say the new experience will create better options for travelers at every level. Newly designed seats and seating configurations are currently being installed, with the product roll out expected to be complete by Summer 2015.

[Photos: Delta Air Lines]

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  1. crazyMRer

    December 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    “The traditional First Class offering” and “Replacing First Class” are misleading.

    Delta has not been offering an international First Class product. Some Airlines do and Delta wasn’t one of them.

    Delta is renaming their International Business Class, previously known as BusinessElite.

    One of the biggest differences between international Business Class and First Class is the amount of personal space one gets.

    Example of what an International First Class sear looks like:

    http://airchive.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/AMERICAN-AIRLINES-BOEING-777-300ER-INAUGURAL-FIRST-CLASS-2013-1.jpg

  2. relangford

    December 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    How will the various fare classes fit into this new scheme? I assume there will continue to be many more than five fare classes. How will MQMs and mileage accural be affected, if at all?

  3. notsosmart

    December 10, 2014 at 7:30 am

    “Reduces amenities in basic economy”.

    I take this to mean that we will now be flogged continuously while the seat belt sign is on?

    Because the only way to reduce something below zero is to actually go into negative territory, which means that DL, after offering nothing, will have to start actually torturing us in the back. You know, tight seats, no recline, hot irons in all orifices, that sort of thing.

    I’m former NW Plat, ****this close**** to a million BIS miles on the combined NW/DL. And I am flying OneWorld from now on, because at least AA seems to have some regard for its customers.

  4. CDKing

    December 10, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Comfort Plus is not premium economy, its not sold a s separate class of service. I wish people would stop calling it that as its misleading. Domestic First class is what a Premium Economy looks like.

  5. kirkwoodj

    December 10, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Feel bad for the FAs, having to keep track of Basic vs Main Cabin pax, since would be in same seating group…

  6. tulsamedic

    December 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I hope this doesn’t have any bad surprises? I’ve already booked a trip to the UK in may and have cashed in points to upgrade to business elite??

  7. ChimarraoMate

    December 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I see this as a plus. Economy Comfort is being renamed to Comfort+ with free alcoholic beverages on “all” flights, premium snacks, and dedicated overhead space. Let’s face it, people that want to save put money first. No reserved seating for the penny pinchers seems appropriate if it will bring down the fare. If that encourages people who want more comfort and convenience to upgrade, then it seems like a good business choice by delta. I for one love free drinks and really love the idea of dedicated overhead space. Now I can get that without a first class ticket.

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