Platinum Intl Upgrades?

 
Old Sep 9, 09, 6:30 pm
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Platinum Intl Upgrades?

A coworker (plat) told me that he gets upgraded to business on TPAC frequently, and is not using miles or SWUs to do it. I don't see this as a listed benefit with Delta. Does this happen often to others?
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Old Sep 9, 09, 6:39 pm
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Originally Posted by whit5721 View Post
A coworker (plat) told me that he gets upgraded to business on TPAC frequently, and is not using miles or SWUs to do it. I don't see this as a listed benefit with Delta. Does this happen often to others?
This topic comes up twice a week. No, not often. Only occurs if flight is overbooked. It is not listed as a benefit, because it is not one (that is guaranteed in any shape or form, at least)

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Old Sep 9, 09, 6:42 pm
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good to know. i have little luck with the search function on this site, otherwise i wouldn't have asked.
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Old Sep 9, 09, 7:27 pm
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As was mentioned, as a Medallion you can be upgraded if coach is oversold. It has happened to me many times (TATL) even when I was a Silver.

DL has Platinum Medallion Upgrade certs (PMUs) which one gets annually at a current rate of 6. These are restrictive for international travel. One must purchase a Y, B, or M fare to use the upgrade certs and this is cost prohibitive for many (maybe most). I use mine for domestic upgrades because they work for K fares and higher.

This subject has to be in the top 3 gripes with Delta's PM perks if not the number 1 frustration.
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Old Sep 10, 09, 1:07 am
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It was a benefit on NW, but got canceled about a month ago to align WorldPerks with SkyMiles. (search FT for "phantom upgrades"). Basically, NW would upgrade up to 5 plats per flight.
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Old Sep 10, 09, 1:12 am
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I've gotten free upgrades on NW transpacific flights probably 8 times in the last few years. I don't know that any were because of oversell. Family members also got upgraded a couple of times last year.

It was a nice perk from NW. It shall be missed.
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