A huge change today* and a big source of frustration for flyers. Today Delta has announced on the news page the following changes:
“Now traveling with your companion is even better. Starting April 6, 2017, companions traveling with Medallion Members will be eligible for Complimentary Upgrades not only on paid tickets but Award Tickets, Miles + Cash tickets, and Pay with Miles tickets. Companions traveling with a Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Member on a SkyMiles Companion Certificate will also be eligible for Complimentary Upgrades. – (bold mine)
Here’s what Medallion Members need to know:
A Medallion Member and a traveling companion may both enjoy a Complimentary Upgrade to First Class, Business Class or Delta Comfort+® when traveling on Delta and Delta Connection carriers, as long as that companion is a General SkyMiles Member or a Medallion Member in the same reservation.
Complimentary Companion Upgrades must be requested at delta.com during the booking process*, afterwards in My Trips, or during check-in prior to departure.
To easily update your upgrade request preferences for an individual flight through My Trips:
Log into delta.com
Select Trips from the drop down menu under your name
Click “Details” on the trip you want to update
Select/Unselect the cabins you would like to be upgraded to in the Upgrade Request section
For more information, please visit Complimentary Upgrades.
*Requesting companion upgrades through the booking path will be available for Pay with Miles tickets and SkyMiles Companion Certificates beginning April 6, 2017 and for Award Tickets and Miles + Cash tickets by July 1, 2017.” – Delta.com
This really is great news as in the past there was a real hodge podge of what did or did not qualify for medallion upgrades and this makes just about everything wide open and simple. I TRULY commend Delta for these changes and upgrades to the program.
This also makes the Delta AMEX Platinum card coach BOGO worth that much more as we can again fly in C+ (if open) as well as have a shot at a 1st class upgrade. Not just that, but under the new +1 rule, even on an award ticket, the +1 on awards will also upgrade at the “Elite-lite” highest level. Love this!
What do you think of these latest changes? Let us know in the comments below! – René