A quick update today from the Delta news & updates page that SPG Platinums can now upgrade, not just to 1st class, but also to Comfort+ or C+ seats as well on Delta marketed flights THE DAY OF DEPARTURE.
There are a few things you need to know. First off you have to sign up for Crossover Rewards and that is a sweet program and Delta was the first to have a real hotel and airline tie-in like this.
Next, you have to choose if you want to auto upgrade or, later after ticketing, choose to request the upgrade to C+. This you may want to think hard about like Delta medallions do each and every flight (or at least should think about).
While this may not seem like a big deal it really is. C+ seats, while often called a “Side Grade” by me because the C+ seats are the same as the rest of coach do come with free adult beverage and some better snacks (depending on how long the flight is) and extra leg room. To get a shot at this free as a hotel elite is impressive and your shot as an SPG Delta “elite” at a C+ seat will be much better than a chance at a real 1st class seat upgrade (unless you are flying weekends or certain medallion light routes that is).
Bottom line, I am impressed Delta is expanding the SPG Crossover Rewards program and not cutting it after the Marriott merger – well – at least so far that is! – René