- My last Delta 747 flight & the frustration with Delta Diamond Global Upgrades
- Delta One 747 Experience Detroit to Japan Narita
- The Wings Lounge Review Manila MNL Airport
- Delta partner (ish) lounge Manila MNL Airport Review
- Priority Pass Manila MNL Airport Review
- Final Thoughts the end of the Delta 747 (ex Northwest Jets)
In honor of the final official week of Delta 747 flight(s) I wanted to get this trip report going. Soon Delta will be parking all the x-NWA 747s in the Arizona desert (you can only see this airline boneyard from the road.) If you are shedding a tear – I feel your pain as well. I just had to take one more ride on the “Queen of the Skies” and a few frequent flyer friends decided to do the same including a Delta360 member who has already flown over 400,000 miles this year with Delta!
I learned a bunch on this trip as I always do when I fly Delta including booking an extra seat. When I book or look for group / reader runs I try to find them all in 1st class to avoid upgrade issues. But clearly for the 747 that was not practical. Still, the cost to collect a bunch of elite points was low and that works too.
When I first booked our tickets the Delta One cabin was all but empty. But since the two segment flight, on two different types of aircraft, had just one flight number that made upgrades in advance hard. I should have, at booking, had the reservation split into two separate flights to increase the chance at an upgrade. That plus separate the reservation into two for my pal Dave and I as it seemed Delta started to release Global Upgrade space just one seat at a time over the weeks and months before the trip. Lesson learned the hard way.
Another issue was the day of flight. There were many of us trying to use Global Upgrades with few seats left. Some of our group cleared at the gate – I was one of the ones who did. But there were some strange IT things going on in the background.
The value of Delta Diamond Medallion Choice Benefits / Global Upgrades are real but there is so much “hidden” from us. I truly wish Delta would make this top elite perk much more transparent and allow us to search on Delta.com for open space. To offer such a perk and make is so hard to use is not the way to engender long term loyalty with a frequent flyer.
Anyway, this was a grand way for many of us to say farewell to a treasured part of our childhood and years of fond memories flying the “Queen of the Skys”! I will over the next few weeks share the Delta One experience on the way over as well as the contrast with the coach flight back.
Did you get to fly the Delta 747 one last time this year? Or, do you have any fond 747s Northwest or Delta memories of a ride on this amazing aircraft? – René