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Complimentary Upgrades on Delta, the Definitive Thread

Complimentary Upgrades on Delta, the Definitive Thread

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Complimentary Upgrades



How do comp upgrades work?

This is the thread you are currently reading for questions including but not limited to
  • I'm new to status and upgrades, how do I request a comp upgrade?
  • when will my name appear on the list? when will I clear?
  • do I need to do anything if my status went up since I booked?
  • when will my name show up on the list?
  • why is my position so low?
  • oddities/anomalies involving the upgrade list
  • and so on
Upgrade Success/Failure
Use this thread for posting or researching data points pertaining to complimentary upgrades (how many were on the list, your position, whether you cleared, etc.) Medallion Complimentary Upgrades on AeroMexico

Upgrades on AeroMexico flights (Consolidated Thread)

Certificate Upgrades

Global Upgrade Certificates (GUCs)
Regional Upgrade Certificates (RUCs)
Buying Up Using Cash

First Class Monetization, or FCM: The Definitive Thread

Using SkyMiles for Upgrades
Upgrading With Companions

Upgrading w/companions, eligibility, timing, Sep 2020 onward (consolidated)
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Old May 27, 22, 6:20 am
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I always assumed it would be segment-by-segment, but in the past, one could always see the (current so very incomplete) upgrade list for all flights on the same fare component at least (if not all flights in that "direction" if there's a broken fare) as soon as OLCI opened for the first segment and one checked in (for at least all segments on the same fare component. [I tend to avoid broken fares if I'm aware of them so I'm not sure how they were treated.] To me, this *suggests* that DL's IT might treat connecting segments as having the same upgrade window as the first segment. Upgrade clearance times might well work this way due to the legacy system.
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Old May 27, 22, 10:15 am
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Originally Posted by Frozenguy View Post
thanks guys! Flight was great. Seats (row 1) were great. It was definitely a neat experience with 0 people in front of you and all that legroom. You really don’t think of the other passengers.
This is FT. We never think of the other passengers.
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Old May 28, 22, 8:37 am
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Simple(?) upgrade question

My wife has a lot of SkyMiles but no Medallion status. If she uses some of her SkyMiles to purchase Delta tix for both of us (on the same Confirmation Code), can I subsequently sign in to Delta.com and use my Platinum status to upgrade our seats? thnx
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Old May 28, 22, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by MisterFungi View Post
My wife has a lot of SkyMiles but no Medallion status. If she uses some of her SkyMiles to purchase Delta tix for both of us (on the same Confirmation Code), can I subsequently sign in to Delta.com and use my Platinum status to upgrade our seats? thnx
Yes -- you will be eligible for upgrades together at your Platinum Medallion priority level, as long as both your SkyMiles numbers are on the reservation.
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Old Jun 5, 22, 8:42 am
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Originally Posted by matchbox20_is View Post
I'll never understand how sometimes you can poke around when you're within the window and "self-upgrade". If I didn't do that, would I have lost it if someone else purchased or did the same thing?
I have had this happen to me more times than I can count! Always pays to check the app often to see what shows up. Have also apparently been "cleared for an upgrade" but nothing showed up in the app to indicate as such and watched the seats be given away one by one until I called Delta and they said, "oh you were cleared, let me just fix this on our end". Whatever that means!
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Old Jun 9, 22, 10:56 pm
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Originally Posted by matchbox20_is View Post
I'll never understand how sometimes you can poke around when you're within the window and "self-upgrade". If I didn't do that, would I have lost it if someone else purchased or did the same thing?
I agree. At minimum, even if you would clear the upgrade anyway, at least you get first pick on seats!

Originally Posted by findark View Post
Is the clearance window for a connecting itinerary supposed to be T-120 for your first segment, or T-120 on a segment-by-segment basis? I would assume the latter, but I was able to manually clear downline segments into open OU (using change seats) after the first segment cleared automatically at the window.
I understand it’s supposed to be T-120 on a segment by segment basis, but most of the time for me, it’s T-120 from the first segment (though not always). This is why I always check both seat maps at T-120.
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Old Jun 16, 22, 10:18 am
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flying DCA-MSP today, earned DM plus reserve on an H fare. 15 of 58 for 0 FC seats. Haven’t flown this route but used to regularly and was often upgraded as a PM (and would frequently see Sens. Norm Coleman and Amy Klobuchar in FC for those who remember the should she or shouldn’t she debate about Stacey Abrams taking a comp upgrade to FC). Surprising to see so many elites and FCM on this leg.
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Old Jun 16, 22, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by coast_2_coast View Post
flying DCA-MSP today, earned DM plus reserve on an H fare. 15 of 58 for 0 FC seats. Haven’t flown this route but used to regularly and was often upgraded as a PM (and would frequently see Sens. Norm Coleman and Amy Klobuchar in FC for those who remember the should she or shouldn’t she debate about Stacey Abrams taking a comp upgrade to FC). Surprising to see so many elites and FCM on this leg.
thats hard to believe! Kinda sucks.
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Old Jun 20, 22, 9:17 am
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Asking for a friend here. Is there a way for someone booked on award traveling using miles in coach to upgrade(either complimentary or other ways) to business? Do they get complimetary upgrades when booked on award travel? The person is diamond.

Thanks.
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Old Jun 20, 22, 10:26 am
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Originally Posted by njxbean View Post
Asking for a friend here. Is there a way for someone booked on award traveling using miles in coach to upgrade(either complimentary or other ways) to business? Do they get complimetary upgrades when booked on award travel? The person is diamond.
Yes, SkyMiles award tickets are eligible for comp upgrades the same as cash tickets. Less sure about awards booked on DL-operated flights using partner points currency (but partner-marketed DL-operated cash tickets are not eligible for upgrades until day of travel)
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Old Jun 20, 22, 12:37 pm
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Originally Posted by njxbean View Post
Asking for a friend here. Is there a way for someone booked on award traveling using miles in coach to upgrade(either complimentary or other ways) to business? Do they get complimetary upgrades when booked on award travel? The person is diamond.

Thanks.
If it is an international D1 route, Medallions (including Diamonds) are not eligible for comp upgrades on either revenue or award flights. Only First Class and domestic D1 routes are eligible for comp Medallion upgrades. DL may offer online paid/mileage upgrades, but these are unpredictable.
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Old Jun 20, 22, 3:18 pm
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Originally Posted by njxbean View Post
Asking for a friend here. Is there a way for someone booked on award traveling using miles in coach to upgrade(either complimentary or other ways) to business? Do they get complimetary upgrades when booked on award travel? The person is diamond.

Thanks.
You can use GUCs and RUCs on award tickets, under the same rules as for tickets paid with money. A GUC upgrades an international coach ticket to PS with a waitlist for D1 on the day of departure.
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Old Jun 21, 22, 2:16 pm
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Hi everyone,

This might've been asked elsewhere, but I was wondering - how does Delta's upgrade system rank you in terms of fare class when you have a (now) schedule-changed or IROPS reissued ticket with a higher fare code than what you initially purchased? I'm a PM and have been wondering how this works out... for example, I purchased "L" from TVC-SAN/San Diego and there was a schedule change. I was able to change (for no difference in fare and no fee) to TVC-SNA/Orange County, but delta.com reissued my ticket in "H." Will my upgrade priority be based on the original "L" or the reissued "H?"

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Old Jun 21, 22, 3:21 pm
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I suspect H (I have earned MQMs based on the reissued code), but it's difficult to know for sure.
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Old Jun 29, 22, 5:05 pm
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Flying tomorrow internationally from JFK to Europe. As per my understanding, there are no complimentary upgrade for D1 on international flight - how is possible that i people on the app in the upgrade list for D1?
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