Say it with everyone, “Just say no” to
drugs Comfort Plus upgrades. Seriously! I am not kidding and I will personally be doing this from now on when traveling with my wife as a top ranked Delta Diamond Medallion member (and soon Million Miler).
- 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!
For any of my domestic flights after 16MAY16 I will NOT check the one box that gives me a shot at an “upgrade” to Comfort Plus seating.
Despite what Delta suggests I do, I will not follow their advice. Why? As already talked about and proven (and clearly told by Delta) you may be “upgraded” into a center seat in the front part of coach called “Comfort Plus” but really it is just the same seat as the rest of coach with a little more room and some extra perks. No thanks!
What this means is “exit row” seats will now again become the new battleground for elites as you can still select them free at booking, for you and your companions, and as long as you do not check the box to be auto-moved with an “upgrade” you will stick in those seats (unless there is an equipment change etc. that auto-moves you without your permission, that is).
Now all exit rows are not created equal. Take for example the 737-900er that is slowly becoming one of the most plentiful, and popular, aircraft in the Delta domestic fleet. The exit row on this jet is nothing to get exited about and many of the rows do not recline at all. Then again, even the Comfort Plus rows on this jet are nothing to get really excited about either.
So my wife and I will, like in the days before the glorious change to Comfort Plus, be focused on exit row seating. We will bring our own entertainment on our tablets or phones, buy a drink if we want one and even bring our own snacks if we must.
Delta really has “lost it” and gone “bat crazy” when it comes to selling something that is NOT better as an amazing whiz bang experience in the air. Folks, it is not that great.
Some final bits to think about. It is good this is NOT impacting international flights. For domestic flights my wife and I will be just fine in exit row. I will, naturally, make sure I do check the box for 1st class upgrades as that is still the goal for most elites. Also, when flying alone, I will take the C+ seat if an aisle is open but will not risk a center seat if one is not.
I will also brace myself for the issue that can and will come up, that is, IROPS and equipment changes that could result in me being moved to a center seat where I do not want to be. I will be bugging Delta Assist and the Medallion line more than ever when these kinds of events happen and get their help to “downgrade” me if I need it back to an exit row over any C+ middle seat. After all, there are few things frequent flyers fear more than getting stuck in a middle seat anywhere in coach (or even in business class for that matter).
These sure are interesting times in Delta land. Not to depress you more than you already are this weekend but do know more pain is on the way from the mothership. This C+ change was all about money for Delta. “Enhancements” to the frequent flyer program are still yet to be announced.
Be very afraid everyone! – René
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