Complimentary upgrades to Delta Comfort+ can be a nice perk — if you get one of the product’s better seats (such as a bulkhead or exit row, depending on an aircraft’s configuration). All Delta Medallion members are eligible for free upgrades to C+, which clear (space permitting) at published tiers before a flight’s departure.
Diamonds and Platinums usually have complimentary access to C+ seats a couple of minutes after booking a trip.
As Points, Miles, and Martinis notes, the feature has been paused.
However, even on flights that apparently don’t have social distancing restrictions, all the C+ are available — for purchase.
Comfort+ Seats Still Available — for a Price
But if you still want to sit in C+, Delta will sell you a seat.
I booked (and soon canceled) a dummy trip for this November from LAX to Fargo.
Um, yeah. No, thanks.
(FWIW, as this is an A321, I’d be plenty happy in row 26.)
Worth noting: “Bottled water” was the only onboard service listed. So paying $79 (in this instance) gets you more legroom and an earlier boarding slot than Sky Priority or Main Cabin. No complimentary alcoholic beverages or upgraded snack basket.
Delta announced their social distancing measures — at least, as they pertain to seating — are effective only through June 30. Though it’ s not clear if that’s for flights flown by June 30 or any trip purchased through then.
So When Do People Get Upgraded to C+?
Comfort+ and first class (which also was paused last month) upgrades are apparently now processed manually by gate agents.
Per this message on the “Manage Your Upgrades” section of a Delta trip:
Anyone else wondering if we’ll see a big Medallion devaluation — and this perk will be knocked out?
I understand Delta is operating at limited capacity — and has to watch every penny. But if social distancing measures are in effect, why would anyone buy up to Comfort+? You can sit in coach and — if Delta follows their reduced capacity rules — have at least a seat between you and the next person in your row. That alone lends itself to more legroom.
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