If you are not into self absorbed rants then just skip today’s post(s) and come back tomorrow when we resume our regularly scheduled type posts. OK RANT time! 😉
First off I understand Delta’s desperate need to
trick bamboozle deceive convince gullible passengers into thinking C+ is a real “premium” seat. After all, if you can sell the same size seat a few rows up for more money than the same seat a few rows back why not? (fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice.. well you know).
Then again row 1 on a CRJ200 is really NOT the same seat as the rest of the jet because your leg room is GREATLY restricted (what you expect with an upgrade right). Oh, and with no seat back storage the wall mounted units are worthless if you need to store anything more than your boarding pass! At least you get your own “reserved overhead” space (as the PR tells you) right?
Oh yeah, no you don’t. On the A/B side that overhead is filled with emergency equipment. So, even if you board first, you have to go a few rows back and then, when you land, either jump up as soon as you make the gate and you hear the “ding” to get your stuff out or wait for everyone to exit the jet to get your bag behind you.
Did I mention just how much fun it is to have almost 50 people hit you with their bag, backpack, purse, ESA dog and anything else that maybe did not have to be plane side checked? Oh yeah, I forgot about the joy of always having to plane side check anything larger than a shoe box! Grrrr!
Another big perk of this wiz-bang “upgrade” row is fixed armrests. I just love them to death – don’t you too? I mean look at all this (fake upgrade) space:
Oh, right, never mind – your “upgrade” seat is one of the most narrow seats possible on the jet. Even if someone is not next to you, clearly you can’t raise the armrest for any additional space! Yes when I think upgrade I think smaller and less is more. Err…
Another joy about this C+ seat / row is the current bug with blocking the rest of the seat map. This way you have absolutely no idea if say an exit row (with a tiny bit more room) is wide open with 2 seats for you to enjoy and change to. Love this sweet “enhancement” to the Fly Delta App once you get your fake congratulations “upgrade” email from the mothership! 🙁
At least being in row one, if you can get your bag out of the overheads in row 3 and rush back to your seat that is, you can be the first to exit and then have enhanced pleasure of everyone bumping you (again) as you then wait for your plane side checked bag. You also can enjoy hot humid air in the summer and cold nasty wind in winter for MAX time since you are 1st off. Perfect right?
Then, after all of this amazing “Comfort+” branded upgrade, your hometown airport may even have a sign showing the jet you wish you had been on rather than the torture device known as a CRJ200.
Delta, you promised these evil things would go away to die in the Arizona desert and instead you had some (clearly over paid) numbskull, that should be fired btw, make elites even more frustrated by often being stuck in row 1 if we want free drinks on a 1hr+ ride on a jet that should not fly as far as it is allowed to go. You do have a chance for a quality Woodford Reserve (in a plastic cup) but have you noticed FAs often say that Delta never stocks enough Woodford on these jets and they just ran out (even though you are in row 1)?
At least, thanks to weight and balance issues, many times the amazing and very kind and professional Delta Connection FAs ask me with a warm smile to move to the back of the jet. In the past I hated this when I was in row 2 or 3 to have to move back by the toilet. But now, in my upgraded Comfort+ seat, I just pray they will ask me to move to help them out! Yep, praying to be unupgraded – this is Delta elite life flying on CRJ200’s in 2017!
Rant off (did I miss anything):
You tell me, am I being too hard on Delta today? – René