Do you remember about a year ago when Delta flaunted, and all the major press picked up on, the amazing chance for Delta top elites as well as some first class booked passengers would have the unbelievable chance to fly Delta Privet Jets (DPJ) jets for only a small upcharge? It sounds beyond unbelievable.
Those like me, who have never ever even set food on a PVT jet, were salivating over the opportunity. Oh sure the price, even a “modest” $300-800 upcharge, was something “most” flyers would never consider vs simply keeping the normal Delta first class seat they were already in.
But here is the thing, I have never ever been offered a shot at this amazing ride. I know of no one, other than the “first” couple who Delta PR splashed, who has had a chance to take one of these rides. Have you ever been offered the chance for this upgrade?
I even started a thread on FlyerTalk to see if any of the hundreds of thousands of members had ever even heard of ANYONE ever having been offered a chance at one of these amazing upgrades. Guess what, it seems this upgrade is as common as catching a secretive “Jack-A-lop“!
But now Delta is again flaunting a coming upgrade to the DPJ fleet, that is, 4G Gogo wifi. Well I can tell you if DPJ Gogo is as painfully slow as the all but worthless normal Delta Gogo it is about time!
I wanted to know if this “amazing” DPJ service for elites was still an active program. So I reached out to Delta and was told:
“We can confirm that Delta Private Jets continues to have the ability to support the private upgrade opportunities to select passengers in specific markets when availability permits. Although we don’t have more details to share at this time, the DPJ team is working to develop additional opportunities to provide customers with exceptional service and a unique travel experience.” – Brian Kruse, a Delta representative
Well it seems the program is still going but in reality the opportunities as well as the availability since the program launch has been REALLY limited. I further asked if Delta could provide examples of ANYONE else who has taken this ride and was simply referred to the quote above again.
Maybe the feeling of FlyerTalk member “OnTheSlopes” can best sum up this program:
“And who’s surprised? Not this guy.
Nope, never had an offer – but never in my life ever expected this was more than a PR stunt and doubt they’d pick me for an offer anyway.”
Again, I would love to try it one day. I would love for any reader to share their experience of trying it. Now I get that a tiny jet, possibly shared with others, is not all “that” amazing but that is not the point. The point is Delta has flaunted this as a possible elite perk and upgrade – I would very much like to try this at least once in my life. You? – René
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