Welcome to a yet another #KeepDescending worthy change Delta is selling as a wiz-bang “enhancement”. Today Delta on the PR site announced in part:
“Delta will begin daily nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) on April 24 and nonstop service from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on June 8. Flights between DCA-LAX and BOS-SFO will be operated as transcontinental flights, and include the Delta One cabin featuring full flat-bed seats, as well as enhanced amenities throughout the Boeing 757-200 aircraft.” – Delta News Hub
There is much to say about this and IMO not much of it is good for us. Let’s start with the most obvious problem that was conveniently left out of the PR splash that this is a massive downgrade in value of the Medallion program because:
Yep, confirmed today via Twitter and the Delta rep who wrote the post as well, these new routes will be added to the growing list of routes that elite Medallions will not have a shot at a complementary 1st class upgrade.
Now beyond this frustrating news is the choice of jet and seat they will use. The 757-200 Delta One seat has become the Delta One type / style seat I hate the most in the Delta fleet. They are tight – I mean really tight. You do not have direct aisle access and have to really work to get out of the window seat. Then the food / beverage serve is an attempt at a luxury international feel but the food and drinks offered often falls flat or really flat compared to your expectations.
Bottom line is you are not really missing all that much not getting this as an upgrade but at the same time it is most frustrating to have this happen and to see routes you can not upgrade on as an elite flyer continue to expand. I would not pay a cash premium price for these new Delta One routes that’s for sure.
Delta is bragging Medallions can still get Comfort+ seat “upgrades” free – thanks! 🙁
So you tell me – is this worthy of what Delta is selling it as? Is this another blow to the Medallion program that makes you think twice about chasing Delta status? – René