Delta today, as my fellow blogger MJ on Travel covered, announced an enhancement to the non-upgradeable transcon flights to/from JFK-SFO/SEA/LAX. Now if you are in EC, that is Economy comfort, either free as an elite or for $99 (choke) you can upgrade to the same seat offered in coach (just less recline and legroom in coach). Here are the PR details:
“Customers on Delta’s transcontinental routes will continue to receive priority boarding, seats with more legroom, plus free beer, wine and spirits when they purchase Economy Comfort starting at $99 per flight segment.
Economy Comfort customers will receive a complimentary pre-set pillow and blanket on their seat while they board the aircraft. After boarding, Economy Comfort customers will be offered a Delta sleep kit, including eye shades and ear plugs, as added amenities. During flight, Economy Comfort customers will enjoy complimentary Luvo snack wraps and a full-size bottle of water for all flights and Luvo frozen yogurt bars as a mid-flight snack on most flights except those flights leaving the West Coast after 9 p.m.” – Delta Corp
First off, as an elite who gets EC free, I like this change. I appreciate every little perk Delta can give me for no extra charge. However, in this case, they took away my free upgrades I had before to pay for things like this (that is, my chance at a free upgrade on these routes). Personally I will be happy to trade all of the above and MORE to have a shot at an upgrade again and I think most of my fellow medallions would agree. I guess the biggest perk is you don’t have to buy a sub and print a HOOU coupon now if you get one of these EC seats.
I would not ever dream of paying almost $100 ONE-WAY for these bits; I would rather get lunch at the airport and try for an exit row seat but that is just me. What do you think? Like the latest enhancements to the transcon flights? – René
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