Back on December 10th last year I wrote the post entitled: “Now LIVE on Delta.com – The greatest threat to “free” Medallion upgrades ever – Upgrade with SkyMiles“. The part I feared the most was what was, at that time, the
threat promise by Delta big wigs to push these approximate penny per SkyMile upgrades to the Fly Delta App so that, and these were their words, on the way to the airport you could buy an upgrade for $170 or 17,000 SkyMiles – Ugg! But the reality I have found has been much better than suggested and I am thrilled so far.
Take a look a the screen shot of my phone at the top of this post. One day before the 5 day Diamond Medallion upgrade window opened up, I was being offered an upgrade for my trip to New York consisting of a short flight on a CRJ900 from South Bend to Detroit (per FlightAware).
Then a slightly longer hop from Detroit to New York’s LGA airport (again, per FlightAware). The first flight ended up taking 49 minutes and the second just over 1 ½ hours. Basically the total travel time was 2 ½ hours let’s say. Did you notice the offer Delta suggested I pay, per hour, for an upgrade? Approximately:
$600 / hour
WHAT? I love this! I was living in absolute fear that Delta would continue the past horrid proactive practice of selling out from under us Medallions super cheap upgrades for anything they could get (think $9.95 etc.) as they have done often in the past. The reality is, now that a SkyPenny is becoming just that, they are charging the difference between the live retail price and what you paid for your ticket. Since last minute 1st class tends to be a wee-bit expensive, the upgrade price is most times HUGE like you see above (unless you paid nearly 1st class prices to begin with). Also look at the SkyMiles offer to upgrade:
OVER 137,000 / SkyMiles!
WHAT? This I love as well because if anyone is brain-dead drunk stupid enough to fall for that kind of an offer and value to their SkyMiles – I say let them spend them (as they will all be gone soon).
I mean for that kind of mega SkyMiles number I could fly in a Delta Premium Select seat / experience this summer to Europe for a week from Detroit – ROUND TRIP – and still have a few SkyPennies left over.
Bottom line is, so far, I am guardedly impressed with the Delta selling 1st class upgrades on Delta.com and in the Fly Delta App. If they can resist the urge to just give away upgrades for almost nothing I am coming around to the new normal of 2019. My Medallion upgrades this year have been perfect as a Diamond (with one major issue I will be positing about soon).
You tell me. Are you seeing mega priced upgrade offers for your flights as well or are you seeing super cheap upgrade offers on the routes you fly? Also, how is your upgrade percentage so far in 2019 now that Q1 is in the books? – René