Old Aug 5, 15, 7:16 pm
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Originally Posted by uclacolumbiaunc View Post
As a Medallion Gold, I have been upgraded every time I booked an economy fare with Delta. All of them are short one hour flights, so I can't speak for the chance of upgrade for longer transcontinental flights. But based on the fact that I have up graded every single time, I would guess that, other than the major routes like LAX-JFK/LAX-ATL, I would have pretty good chance for upgrade.

On the other hand, I am doing a status match challenge with United (Premier Gold), and I have flown a few LAX-SFO routes on United a few times, and I have yet to clear for Premier upgrade even once. (Though I did get upgraded once for a SNA-SFO flight). The only perk from United is the access to Economy Plus at booking, which Delta took away from Gold status earlier this year.

I am not sure if this is coincidence, but is it true that United generally has pretty low complimentary upgrade among the major airlines?
I think most frequent travelers would agree with your last question. That said, LAX-SFO (and vice versa) is such a heavily-trafficked route that I'm not surprised CPUs would rarely clear there. It's also a really short hop, skip, and jump...doesn't really matter that much to me.
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