Bad news if you were hoping maybe Delta would ditch first class monetization and Medallion complimentary upgrades become more frequent.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Kelly Yamanouchi wrote an interesting piece about Delta hoping business travelers pay for their own first class upgrades — even if flying on a coach fare paid by their employer.
Delta seems to proactively be calming its investors if a recession hits in the near future.
“Historically during recessions, airlines are hit by declines in business travel and are forced to lower their business airfares, while demand for coach class remains more steady,” Ms. Yamanouchi wrote.
So Delta is relying on customers to buy-up to first class. She points out that first class monetization (or FCM) is available post-purchase. This allows business travelers whose companies or clients won’t fork over for first class the option of upgrading separately — on their own dime or using SkyMiles.
Do You Buy Up to First Class?
A friend of mine works for a company that flies him business class on trips longer than ten hours. He’s flown a combination of Delta One and Virgin Upper Class three times this year to Asia and Europe. If his company were to slash their budget, the $3000 tab for him to upgrade is a little steep. And the SkyMiles equivalent isn’t very appealing, either — but he said he’d consider ponying up. He wasn’t quite sold, though.
What do you think?
Business travelers: do you upgrade to first class using your own money or SkyMiles? Or are you a Medallion and hope against hope that your complimentary upgrade with clear?
Please tell us in the Comments section below!