Delta Mileage Upgrade Awards

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Note: This thread is about Mileage Upgrade Awards, which are Sky Miles upgrades that upgrade your coach seat to First Class, Delta One or Premium Select.

Important Details:
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  • Your underlying fare class remains Economy, and you are technically still booked as an economy passenger.
  • You are granted all inflight & airport benefits of having that upgraded seat (i.e. Premium security line, Sky Club access on international flights, etc).
  • You earn miles based on your original Main Cabin fare.
  • Mileage Upgrade Award prices are set by route and do not fluctuate based on the cash price of the upgrade.
  • Delta no longer publishes the miles required by route to upgrade, and the numbers below is a FT best attempt to collect this data; it may not be accurate.
  • Mileage Upgrade Awards are confirmed after your coach ticket is booked (though could be in the same phone call with an agent who has checked for upgrade space before booking)
  • The only way to use Mileage Upgrade Awards is by calling Delta--there is no online option.
  • This Wiki contains only minimal information about upgrading to and from Premium Select; please share information as you gather it, either by updating the wiki or posting in the thread.
  • You must be booked in an upgradeable fare class to upgrade. It is possible to buy up to an upgradeable coach fare class and then upgrade with miles.


How to Upgrade with Delta Sky Miles
  • You can Either:
    • Call Delta and ask to book a flight that has Mileage Upgrade Awards available and then purchase and upgrade the flight at the same time with that agent. Inventory is highly limited.
    • OR, call Delta to upgrade a flight you have already booked. When you call they will either process the upgrade or tell you that there are no upgrades available.
      • If an upgrade is not available, it is possible to waitlist.
        • Mileage Upgrade Awards that are waitlisted do not transfer to the Airport Upgrade List (for gate upgrade) and cannot be cleared at the gate.
        • There have been rare exceptions reported to this rule. If you want to attempt to clear your upgrade at the airport on day of departure, speak with a red coat. This is against policy and will not usually work, but some have reported success.
  • If you want to upgrade a flight that you have already booked the change fee should be waived for this upgrade. Ask for a supervisor if this is challenged.
  • The Delta agent may offer you either Delta Upgrade Awards or Upgrade with Miles (see details below). Confirm you are getting the lowest mile option.
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NOTE: Delta offers an additional upgrade option which is called Upgrade with Miles. These upgrades are available on US Domestic flights only and are a pay with miles type of upgrade. (meaning that, unlike Mileage Upgrade Awards, the amount of miles needed fluctuates based on the cash price of an upgrade). When you use Upgrade with Miles you will earn miles for your flight based on the cabin flown, as you have now paid (with miles) to change your ticket to a premium cabin ticket (vs an upgraded coach ticket). The mileage amounts listed in this thread are not for this program. To use Upgrade with Miles you need to log into your reservation and check for an upgrade offer or call Delta and ask. Upgrade with Miles typically requires more miles to upgrade than Mileage Upgrade Awards.
In order to use Mileage Upgrade Awards from Main Cabin or Comfort+ to First Class or Delta One, you need to be booked in the correct fare class:
  • Within North America and northern South America you can upgrade when booked in: Y/B/M/H/Q/K/L/U/T
  • For all other markets you can upgrade when booked in: Y/B/M//H/Q/K
    • You can see your booking class by logging into your reservation. Directly under your seat assignment it will say your cabin and your booking class. For example: MAIN CABIN (Q)
The wiki needs to be updated to include information about upgrading to and from Delta Premium Select.

Prices for the following markets as quoted by multiple reservations agents.

Other thread of potential interest:

Pricing is one-way


US/Canada/Mexico/Caribbean First Class (Most North America routes except for flights that offer Delta One)
Y/B/M: 15,000 miles
H/Q/K: 20,000 miles
L/U/T: 30,000 miles

Domestic Delta One Routes (domestic transcon & Hawaii routes that offer Delta One service such as JFK-LAX, LAX-DCA, ATL-HNL, etc)
Y/B/M: 23,000 miles
H/Q/K: 28,000 miles
L/U/T: 40,000 miles

US-Hawaii (Except for Delta One routes MSP/ATL/JFK/DTW-HNL. For these routes, see Domestic Transcontinental Premium Routes )
Y/B/M: 15,000 miles
H/Q/K: 20,000 miles
L/U/T: 30,000 miles

US-Northern South America
Y/B/M: 30,000 miles
H/Q/K: 45,000 miles
L/U/T: 55,000 miles

US-Southern South America
Y/B/M: 40,000 miles
H/Q/K: 60,000 miles

US-Europe:
Main Cabin to Delta One:
Y/B/M: 35,000 miles
H/Q/K: 65,000 miles

Main Cabin to Premium Select:
Y/B/M: 25,000 miles
H/Q/K: 35,000 miles

Premium Select to Delta One:
P/A/G: 40,000 miles

US-Northern Asia (Japan/Korea/China):
Main Cabin to Delta One:
Y/B/M: 45,000 miles
H/Q/K: 70,000 miles

Premium Select to Delta One
P/A/G: 45,000 miles

US-Southeast/Southwest Asia, Micronesia, Southwest Pacific:
Y/B/M: 35,000 miles
H/Q/K: 80,000 miles

US-Africa (incl. South Africa)
Y/B/M: 35,000 miles
H/Q/K: 80,000 miles

US-Middle East
Y/B/M: 35,000 miles
H/Q/K: 80,000 miles
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Old Nov 12, 17, 5:36 am
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I'm booked in fare class W on a AMS-MSP flight. Although its not listed in the above chart, Delta twitter assistance told me it is upgradeable.
Does anybody have experience with this? Howmany miles would this be?
thanks!
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Old Nov 12, 17, 5:42 am
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Originally Posted by Hollandair View Post
I'm booked in fare class W on a AMS-MSP flight. Although its not listed in the above chart, Delta twitter assistance told me it is upgradeable.
Does anybody have experience with this? Howmany miles would this be?
thanks!
It depends what the underlying coach fare class is. However either 30k or 60k depending of the fare class.
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Old Dec 4, 17, 2:17 pm
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Has anyone used miles to upgrade on the JFK transcons recently? I just called in to check mileage upgrade availability, and the agent I talked to said LUT was 40K and HQK was 28K. Sounds like these have gone back up?
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Old Dec 4, 17, 4:27 pm
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Originally Posted by grant15 View Post
Has anyone used miles to upgrade on the JFK transcons recently? I just called in to check mileage upgrade availability, and the agent I talked to said LUT was 40K and HQK was 28K. Sounds like these have gone back up?
Someone reported in another thread that they had increased and were now more than regular domestic F (which is pretty much what one would expect).
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Old Dec 4, 17, 4:47 pm
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Originally Posted by grant15 View Post
Has anyone used miles to upgrade on the JFK transcons recently? I just called in to check mileage upgrade availability, and the agent I talked to said LUT was 40K and HQK was 28K. Sounds like these have gone back up?
I just upgraded one of my grandkids R/T SFO-JFK. She had a purchased Comfort + seat. When I upgraded her I was told there was an underlying L fare and it was 80k roundtrip to move to the front.
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Forgot to post early in Nov. Was quoted a TCON one-way upgrade from L/U/T at 40,000. Maybe wiki should be updated.
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Old Dec 5, 17, 1:50 pm
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Just requested upgrades for an upcoming trip to SCL (LAX-ATL-SCL/return). Was quoted 60K for a K-fare, and 40K for Y-fare, so a drop from when the wiki was created. I've updated the wiki accordingly.
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Old Feb 26, 18, 2:36 am
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Originally Posted by mahka42 View Post
Just requested upgrades for an upcoming trip to SCL (LAX-ATL-SCL/return). Was quoted 60K for a K-fare, and 40K for Y-fare, so a drop from when the wiki was created. I've updated the wiki accordingly.
Thanks for the update. I've got a trip to GIG coming up and was doing some research. I'll update with my findings as plans are finalized.

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Old Apr 21, 18, 10:35 am
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Ok, I tried my hand at this upgrade game. I just got off the phone with DELTA. They wanted $1,402 to upgrade from V/W/U/U fare classes to K-fare for my round trip to GIG.

After paying $1,402 they wanted 60K miles to upgrade from the K-fare. I passed.
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Old May 20, 18, 3:01 pm
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Any recent reports on a domestic upgrade on a standard (non-premium) upgrade? The markets I am looking at are WAS (DCA/BWI) to SLC. Agent said LUT was 40k, HQK was 28k, and YBM was 23k. That sounded high to me. Any other recent experience here?
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Old Jun 15, 18, 10:53 am
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Does anyone know if the upgrade cost of 30K one way from an M fare to D1 is still accurate for TATL travel?
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Old Jun 18, 18, 1:43 pm
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So work travel policy apparently allows me to purchase Y class fare (work travel dept even proactively asked me if was going to upgrade with miles!)

However, I called Delta, and there is no space, so waitlisted. As a Plat status, what's my chance on this clearning? Flights are SEA-AMS and back. Does upgrade with miles come in at a higher priority than GUCs?

And does anyone have an idea on the cash co-payment? Delta can't give me a number until the flight is ticketed...
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Old Jun 19, 18, 1:38 am
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Originally Posted by Rommie2k6 View Post
So work travel policy apparently allows me to purchase Y class fare (work travel dept even proactively asked me if was going to upgrade with miles!)

However, I called Delta, and there is no space, so waitlisted. As a Plat status, what's my chance on this clearning? Flights are SEA-AMS and back. Does upgrade with miles come in at a higher priority than GUCs?

And does anyone have an idea on the cash co-payment? Delta can't give me a number until the flight is ticketed...
GUC are higher. Also mileage upgrade waitlists don't go to the gate. If not upgraded by cutoff, then not upgrading with miles.

There is no copay. You may be thinking of DoD ex-AMS upgrades. Those are miles + copay.
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Old Jun 25, 18, 8:54 pm
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When do Upgrade with Miles seats usually open up on D1 flights? Is there a quota? And do they open more seats up for upgrades closer to the flight date? I'm looking at a PDX-NRT that has 10+ D1 seats listed as open but agents said no Upgrade with Miles available.
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When do Upgrade with Miles seats usually open up on D1 flights? Is there a quota? And do they open more seats up for upgrades closer to the flight date? I'm looking at a PDX-NRT that has 10+ D1 seats listed as open but agents said no Upgrade with Miles available.
Seat map doesn't equal seats for sale. Not everyone preassigns, especially non-North Americans. There's no pattern. Closer to DoD they'll know better how full, so that's the one plus. Note mileage upgrades don't transfer to the gate. Thus even if there's leftover seat prior to departure, no upgrade.
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