In a recent vote by FlyerTalk members, the most important thing they want to see from the elite program is complementary upgrades. Next is rollover MQMs that, with your status, help you get more of those complementary upgrades (yep, I see a pattern here).
One of my most viewed posts each and every year is one from two years ago and details all the factors that help you get more upgrades and even with all the changes going on at Delta the advice still works.
I love Delta Points readers and since the vast majority of readers hold some kind of Medallion status upgrades DO matter to you.
But how are your upgrades going this year? Twitter follower Mike is keeping VERY close track of just how many upgrades he is getting out of MSP airport, one of Delta’s HUB airports. Any Delta HUB is harder to upgrade from than other airports since there are so many more medallions you are competing against and some who are willing to pay more for those upgrades.
Then we have one of the things I was MOST afraid of under SkyMiles 2015 and that is the cheap selling of upgrades. Reader Matt recently shared how he was not going to clear and paid just over $50 for an upgrade. Can I fault him? He is going to not just get to ride up front, but also will earn MORE MQMs in the 1st class seat he purchased on his app.
Now on principal I can and do fault him as personally I will NEVER do this. I hate that Delta is doing this at these stupidly low numbers as this will basically put an end to complementary medallion upgrades if these kinds of prices spread system wide. One of the biggest perks of elite status will be GONE!
How are my upgrades going this year? Out of some 20 segments I have only missed 2 (some have been CRJ200’s with no 1st class). But I have had to work many of these flights to ride upfront. I have done SDCs and used RU certs and even pulled a Shena to get one of them. Most folks are not willing to work that hard to get an upgrade.
But you tell me dear readers. Please vote in the poll below and tell me how your “boots in the air” have been this year. – Rene
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