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 Dec 3, 18, 2:08 pm
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Just providing the follow up. Our upgrade from JFK to Seattle cleared this morning. Between this, and the Delta one service to ICN, Hopefully will be well enough rested to survive the coach seats from ICN to Bangkok!
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Happy to report that the upgrade cleared this morning (6+ days before departure). First time to experience the D1 suite. Really excited!
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Old Dec 12, 18, 1:45 am
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Happy to report that the upgrade cleared this morning (6+ days before departure). First time to experience the D1 suite. Really excited!

glad to hear! did you have to call in or anything or did they send you an email? im trying to figure out the process.. i was put on the waitlist a few months ago and my flight is about 14 days out.. did you call in or did they send you an email etc?
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glad to hear! did you have to call in or anything or did they send you an email? im trying to figure out the process.. i was put on the waitlist a few months ago and my flight is about 14 days out.. did you call in or did they send you an email etc?
When it clears, you will received a new "your flight receipt" email. According to the delta phone rep I talked to, the clearing time could be any second from the moment you are waitlisted up until 3 hours before departure, depending on whether revenue management releases any more inventory. Best of luck!
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Based on a Twitter message with Delta. On US-Europe routes:
Premium Select G to Delta One is 40k.

To upgrade to Premium Select:
Y/B/M 25k
H/Q/K 35k
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Old Dec 13, 18, 8:40 am
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Originally Posted by doudou91 View Post
Based on a Twitter message with Delta. On US-Europe routes:
Premium Select G to Delta One is 40k.

To upgrade to Premium Select:
Y/B/M 25k
H/Q/K 35k

Is that round trip? It should not be higher than coach. So 20K each way?
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Old Dec 13, 18, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by jdrtravel View Post
Is that round trip? It should not be higher than coach. So 20K each way?
Think you misread. Those are the amounts to upgrade Y-PS not Y-J.
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Old Dec 13, 18, 1:09 pm
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Originally Posted by flyerCO View Post
Think you misread. Those are the amounts to upgrade Y-PS not Y-J.

I was asking about PS to D1:

Originally Posted by doudou91 View Post
Based on a Twitter message with Delta. On US-Europe routes:
Premium Select G to Delta One is 40k.
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Originally Posted by jdrtravel View Post
I was asking about PS to D1:
You expressed confusion how PS-J would cost more than Y- J. However if you reread the post the lower portion amounts listed aren't for Y-J but Y-PS. You even went as far as assuming that 40k had to be RT, cause you didnt notice that the upgrade amounts poster listed in 2nd part were to upgrade to PS.

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Originally Posted by flyerCO View Post
You expressed confusion how PS-J would cost more than Y- J. However if you reread the post the lower portion amounts listed aren't for Y-J but Y-PS. You even went as far as assuming that 40k had to be RT, cause you didnt notice that the upgrade amounts poster listed in 2nd part were to upgrade to PS.

No, I was responding to the 40K PS-D listed, and asking if it meant that it was 80K r/t or 40K one way. I was not talking about the Y-J totals listed, I just quoted the whole thing. Stop being difficult.
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Originally Posted by jdrtravel View Post
No, I was responding to the 40K PS-D listed, and asking if it meant that it was 80K r/t or 40K one way. I was not talking about the Y-J totals listed, I just quoted the whole thing. Stop being difficult.
Maybe his reputation precedes, but FWIW I thought it was ambiguous too because of quoting the whole thing...
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Maybe his reputation precedes, but FWIW I thought it was ambiguous too because of quoting the whole thing...
fair enough. But the response after I clarified was unnecessary.
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Originally Posted by jdrtravel View Post
fair enough. But the response after I clarified was unnecessary.
Your response only confused more. No where in original post did you ask what the rates were for Y-J. In fact you post you are confused how PS-J costs more then Y-J. This means you thought the prices listed were for Y-J. Thus your second posts makes no sense. If you realised that those in fact were Y-PS then your comment on how could it cost more then PS-J makes no sense. Either way the logic fails.

BTW from other post I believe it's 45k for YBM and 60k for others for Y-J US/EUROPE.
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Old Dec 21, 18, 9:47 pm
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still waiting on my upgrade with 5 days to go... 7 seats remaining... not feeling good about this.
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Old Dec 22, 18, 8:04 am
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My attempt to upgrade MSP-HND-MSP from PS to J failed in both directions.
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