- Fare changes coming to Delta! Comfort+ fares launch on 14NOV15
- Preparing for Delta C+ fare class roll-out & medallion “enhancements”
- Delta WHACKS Medallion C+ perks & 40% LEVEL 1 award upcharge!
- Delta C+ auto-upgrade sends Delta Diamond Medallion to CENTER SEAT!
- The Delta upgrade elite’s want to “JUST SAY NO” to. Avoid Delta Comfort+
- Delta could “save” many HVC Delta Diamonds with one change!
The news I have blogged about this week that Delta plans to sell C+ as a fare class has gone live on Delta.com (including selling C+ seats in the air as well). There is some good news (i.e. some non-cuts) but mostly it is all bad news as we have come to expect from Delta. The only good news to befall us for flights on or after 16MAY16:
As I speculated, there will be no change to the medallion 1st class upgrades (phew). However the rest is not good. Really not good.
First off let’s look at LEVEL 1 award prices for C+ fares (yes Delta still uses award charts, they just hide them from us). The price jump is a HUGE 40% for the amazing privilege of sitting in the exact same seat as the rest of coach with a few more perks. Glorious. Thanks Delta.
The REALLY bad news comes down to how badly
rewarded impacted Delta’s most valuable elites are for their status with Delta. In the past you, and up to 8 companions with you, could get C+ seats free at booking (DM & PM). Starting as of 16MAY16 you only get ONE companion and you are eligible based on the LOWEST RANKED MEDALLION on the reservation with you. Ridiculous, insulting and yet one more cut to elite perks.
It will take some time to get more updates from Delta PR folks, and then weed through the spin, to see all the negative impacts on us (ie another post to follow next week).
This is clearly a pure money grab for a product that is less than impressive. For now you can read for yourself all the changes on Delta.dumb HERE!
The really big questions I have are about the “W” fare class designation. According to Delta.com that pays 150% MQMs and that can impact the choice to “buy up” to a C+ seat even if you get it free. I will be sure to follow up when I get more information.
Have a great weekend everyone? – René
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