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Delta Skymiles upgrade - Comfort vs First Class

Old Feb 12, 18, 12:50 pm
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Cool Delta Skymiles upgrade - Comfort vs First Class

Hi guys
I recently received Silver Medallion status on Delta for the first time. I know pretty much the only perk of this lowest level is the (slight) chance of an upgrade. I was curious- I have the option to choose both an upgrade to Delta comfort as well as a first class upgrade. Obviously I'd prefer the first class upgrade but I know my chances are probably better for a comfort seat given my level of status. Should I put my name on both upgrade lists, or just the comfort given my chances at first are so slim? Just want to maximize my upgrade chance to at least one of them, and wasn't sure how the logic worked if you select both lists.
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Old Feb 12, 18, 12:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Global0330 View Post
Hi guys
I recently received Silver Medallion status on Delta for the first time. I know pretty much the only perk of this lowest level is the (slight) chance of an upgrade. I was curious- I have the option to choose both an upgrade to Delta comfort as well as a first class upgrade. Obviously I'd prefer the first class upgrade but I know my chances are probably better for a comfort seat given my level of status. Should I put my name on both upgrade lists, or just the comfort given my chances at first are so slim? Just want to maximize my upgrade chance to at least one of them, and wasn't sure how the logic worked if you select both lists.
There's no disadvantage to being on both lists. Go ahead and request an upgrade for both.
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Old Feb 12, 18, 12:56 pm
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Note that if you check the C+ upgrade box you run the risk of getting a middle seat. I never check it for this reason and only have FC checked. Perfectly happy in an exit row aisle.

Checking both is fine.
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Old Feb 12, 18, 1:51 pm
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Iím still trying to figure out the nuances here.

So if you donít select the C+ upgrade, what are your options to get C+ seats after the window has passed (eg, 72h for Gold)?
Can you see if there is upgrade availability, and then do you need to request the upgrade online or can an agent instantly confirm it (assuming there are desirable seats)?

thx.
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Old Feb 12, 18, 2:50 pm
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Originally Posted by ijgordon View Post
Iím still trying to figure out the nuances here.

So if you donít select the C+ upgrade, what are your options to get C+ seats after the window has passed (eg, 72h for Gold)?
Can you see if there is upgrade availability, and then do you need to request the upgrade online or can an agent instantly confirm it (assuming there are desirable seats)?

thx.
If you leave the box unchecked past T-72 and you see empty non middle seats avalible than you can check the UG box and if space is available (you can check by doing a dummy booking and see if it says UG Avalible under UG Eligibility) than you will clear into C+ and choose any seat that is open on the seat map.
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Old Feb 12, 18, 3:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Global0330 View Post
Hi guys
I recently received Silver Medallion status on Delta for the first time. I know pretty much the only perk of this lowest level is the (slight) chance of an upgrade.
Not so fast. You also get a free checked bag, which can be quite a savings if you typically check a bag, and you to choose preferred seats, including exit rows. Those two benefits alone are nothing to sneeze at.
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Old Feb 12, 18, 4:28 pm
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Originally Posted by MCO Flyer View Post


If you leave the box unchecked past T-72 and you see empty non middle seats avalible than you can check the UG box and if space is available (you can check by doing a dummy booking and see if it says UG Avalible under UG Eligibility) than you will clear into C+ and choose any seat that is open on the seat map.
Will this work if I am already checked in for my flight?
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Old Feb 12, 18, 7:37 pm
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Originally Posted by MCO Flyer View Post
If you leave the box unchecked past T-72 and you see empty non middle seats avalible than you can check the UG box and if space is available (you can check by doing a dummy booking and see if it says UG Avalible under UG Eligibility) than you will clear into C+ and choose any seat that is open on the seat map.
Great thanks. Is the clearing instantaneous?
Abd I assume you canít check the upgrade availability if the flight happens to be sold out in Y? Maybe you can call reservations then?
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Old Feb 12, 18, 9:45 pm
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Originally Posted by ChinaShrek View Post
Will this work if I am already checked in for my flight?
No, but you can call DL and ask them to uncheck you in.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 11:49 am
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Originally Posted by MCO Flyer View Post
No, but you can call DL and ask them to uncheck you in.
I always struggle with this wording, but calling the rep and asking them to "check me out" seems even worse
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Old Feb 13, 18, 1:37 pm
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Aren't you able to get moved back to coach if they upgrade you into a "middle" C+ seat if that's not what you wanted? I thought I read something about that...

And, if so, are we able to just reselect a coach seat? Do we HAVE to call or can we do it on our own?
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Old Feb 13, 18, 2:25 pm
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Originally Posted by ncwillett View Post
Not so fast. You also get a free checked bag, which can be quite a savings if you typically check a bag, and you to choose preferred seats, including exit rows. Those two benefits alone are nothing to sneeze at.
+1000

Mrs. Lee laments losing FO status for these exact reasons. Also during IRROPs you get treated like topsoil instead of actual dirt (in all seriousness, several friends are FO and report it can make a difference during IRROPS).

Originally Posted by MikeyZBT View Post
Aren't you able to get moved back to coach if they upgrade you into a "middle" C+ seat if that's not what you wanted? I thought I read something about that...

And, if so, are we able to just reselect a coach seat? Do we HAVE to call or can we do it on our own?
Yes, you can move back via the seatmap, assuming your original seat is still available and the UG process didn't somehow result in all the seats outside your cabin being grayed out (still haven't figured out the rhyme/reason to that).

However, I've also noticed that I don't need to do the "request upgrade" checkbox anymore. If I'm in a seatmap and a desirable C+ seat is available, I can just click on it, then click save, and my itinerary will refresh that leg into SU - very similar to how things used to work in the EC days. This may be a different experience for an FO who cannot move up until T-24, though - I am PM so I can select anytime after booking.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 2:27 pm
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Once you're within the check-in window, you can't move out of your cabin. Sometimes it seems to lock even before check-in. To be frank, it seems completely arbitrary as to when they black out cabins. I don't know how Delta has so much money that they can waste it on people calling in for crap like this.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 7:32 pm
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Once you're within the check-in window, you can't move out of your cabin. Sometimes it seems to lock even before check-in. To be frank, it seems completely arbitrary as to when they black out cabins. I don't know how Delta has so much money that they can waste it on people calling in for crap like this.
That's just it. Most Silvers don't call. I am not going to waste time calling and asking if there are free Comfort+ aisle seats, so they can uncheck me in for the flight. Not worth the effort. Give me First Class or i will keep my original exit row seat.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 2:08 pm
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Hi,

Sorry, I just got status matched to Delta, and the requesting upgrade is new to me.

I see that I can request an upgrade for both C+ and F. By default none of them are selected. Am I misunderstanding, but why wouldn't I select both of them EVERY time? Even if the odds are slim, it's less than 1 minute of my time.
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