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Complimentary Upgrades on Delta, the Definitive Thread

Old Jan 27, 2022, 5:57 pm
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Originally Posted by findark
Is it generally believed that SU is greater than S? My instinct would say yes.
They've generally made SU availability open down to last C+ seat (W). Unfortunately, you can't really check anymore since they don't show F/C+ upgrade availability before booking. Since S is a lower class than W, it can either be equal or lower than W inventory. I see DTW-MCO flights on 2/1 that are W3 S0 and W8 S3, but there's also one that is W1 S1 and a couple that are W9 S9. So mostly, I'd expect SU to be greater than S when S is less than W, or the same when W and S are the same.

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Old Jan 30, 2022, 2:21 pm
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thanks for this thread...I am a new Medallion Platinum (status match from 1K UAL), does Delta have economy plus seating similar to UAL, if so can I book up to 8 in my party into those economy plus type seats for no charge at booking (2 months till flight)?
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Old Jan 30, 2022, 3:24 pm
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Originally Posted by jimdarcy
thanks for this thread...I am a new Medallion Platinum (status match from 1K UAL), does Delta have economy plus seating similar to UAL, if so can I book up to 8 in my party into those economy plus type seats for no charge at booking (2 months till flight)?
The extra legroom seating you can get for free is called Comfort Plus. ...and nope, you can only "upgrade" you and one other guest to C+ (and first class). It really makes medallion status nearly worthless for families.
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Old Jan 30, 2022, 3:39 pm
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Originally Posted by pgh234
The extra legroom seating you can get for free is called Comfort Plus. ...and nope, you can only "upgrade" you and one other guest to C+ (and first class). It really makes medallion status nearly worthless for families.

appreciate the speedy reply and agree on the family comment.
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Old Jan 30, 2022, 4:33 pm
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Originally Posted by pgh234
The extra legroom seating you can get for free is called Comfort Plus. ...and nope, you can only "upgrade" you and one other guest to C+ (and first class). It really makes medallion status nearly worthless for families.
And on the flip side, it makes medallion status more valuable for actual medallion members, so a PM/DM and their party of 8 isn't taking up half the cabin months in advance.
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Old Jan 30, 2022, 6:06 pm
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Originally Posted by matchbox20_is
And on the flip side, it makes medallion status more valuable for actual medallion members, so a PM/DM and their party of 8 isn't taking up half the cabin months in advance.

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Old Jan 30, 2022, 6:57 pm
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Originally Posted by matchbox20_is
And on the flip side, it makes medallion status more valuable for actual medallion members, so a PM/DM and their party of 8 isn't taking up half the cabin months in advance.
How many married PMs and DMs with 6 kids do you know?!? That sounds rare (and exhausting)
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Old Jan 30, 2022, 7:26 pm
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Originally Posted by jimdarcy
enjoy
Apologies if I sounded insensitive. I think it is a feature of the program rather than a flaw, is all.

Originally Posted by pgh234
How many married PMs and DMs with 6 kids do you know?!? That sounds rare (and exhausting)
The person who just asked the question had 8 in their party.
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Old Jan 31, 2022, 1:00 am
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Originally Posted by matchbox20_is
Apologies if I sounded insensitive. I think it is a feature of the program rather than a flaw, is all.

The person who just asked the question had 8 in their party.
In their party doesn't necessarily mean "family".
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Old Jan 31, 2022, 5:44 am
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Originally Posted by Goodoldflyer
In their party doesn't necessarily mean "family".
thats right. Its up to 8 people traveling with the member
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Old Jan 31, 2022, 5:09 pm
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Originally Posted by jimdarcy
thats right. Its up to 8 people traveling with the member
Note that companions have access to "Preferred" seats on DL which includes exit rows on many aircraft. UA tends to classify exit rows as Economy Plus.
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Old Jan 31, 2022, 5:17 pm
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Originally Posted by xliioper
Note that companions have access to "Preferred" seats on DL which includes exit rows on many aircraft. UA tends to classify exit rows as Economy Plus.
Thanks, how many companions get access to preferred seats for a Platinum Delta member?
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Old Jan 31, 2022, 7:22 pm
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Thanks, how many companions get access to preferred seats for a Platinum Delta member?
Up to 8 companions -- https://pro.delta.com/content/agency...d-seating.html
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Old Jan 31, 2022, 8:58 pm
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Originally Posted by xliioper

appreciate the info!
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Old Feb 1, 2022, 5:35 pm
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I added a wiki at the top of this thread, listing most of the other related threads in the DL forum that cover the primary methods of how to sit up front.

I couldn't get this image to embed in the wiki directly from imgur, but didn't want it to go to waste, so here it is (Maybe once it's uploaded to FT I can link it by URL...)



edit: cool, that worked
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