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Delta Suspends Automatic Upgrades and Middle Seats

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In an effort to promote and maintain social distancing, Delta Air Lines announced today the temporary removal of automatic upgrades and blocking of middle seats.

The carrier announced several changes effective April 13 through May 31 “to further promote a safe flying experience.”

Upgrades

“We are pausing automatic, advance Medallion Complimentary Upgrades,” Delta said. “These will now be processed at the gate – still in priority order – to allow gate agents to determine how to best seat customers while considering social distancing and aircraft weight-and-balance restrictions.”

In other words, upgrades won’t clear 5/3/1 days out — only at the gate.

Frankly, though, with first class service suspended, I’d much rather enjoy my own row in coach than sit next to someone up front.

The Main Cabin coach section of a Delta Air Lines 767-300 aircraft, seen prior to an LAX to New York JFK flight.

Middle Seats

To everyone’s joy, Delta is “blocking middle seats in Main Cabin, Delta Comfort+ and Delta Premium Select across all flights.”

The change is already in effect.

Delta flight from LAX to MSP with middle seats blocked out

Other Notes

Delta also says it’s reducing passenger capacity on every flight.

And if you wish to sit next to a travel companion or family member, contact Delta reservations or a gate agent at the airport.

— Chris

Featured image courtesy of Delta News Hub

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4 Comments

  1. FNT Delta Diamond Reply

    This is a gimmick. What are they going to do on a 2×2 aircraft? And are they going to involuntarily downgrade paid first-class passengers if first-class is full? And that whole no service thing is crap. United and American are still serving booze. It’s just an excuse to cut costs.

  2. Delta just turned economy into intra-Europe business class. They should call it an enhancement 🙂

  3. So if you book a main cabin flight and all of C+ is open you don’t get to move up to that? That will be a gate-time decision?

    • @Jane – Gate agent will upgrade per upgrade rules with distancing (plus weight and balance) in mind.

      This assumes you consider C+ and upgrade (I really don’t).

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