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Want a Blocked Middle Seat on Delta Flights After April 30? We Have a Way.

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Delta’s blocked middle seats policy will expire on April 30. That was part of the news announced yesterday along with some great MQM, MQS, and MQD bonuses.

Some people are understandably nervous about getting back on planes. But if you’re really concerned about physical distancing and need an open seat next you on Delta flights, we have a solution that might help you.

Use a Companion Certificate to Book Two Seats For Yourself!

Maybe you’ve attended a social function and been your own “plus one.” (Hey, we don’t judge.)

The same principle applies here.

Thanks to the Delta American Express Companion Certificates, why not be your own plus one on a plane — and put the “invisible you” in the middle seat?

RELATED: What Are Some Rules and Tips About the Delta Amex Companion Certificates/Passes?

These four Delta Amexes offer cardholders Companion Certificates starting the second year of card membership:

Plus, whenever your Companion Certificates are close to expiring, this is a potentially great way to get some value out of them.

René. And invisible René.

Now, you will have to do a little leg(room?) work to accomplish this. René did a great job in this post of how to get ‘er done — and then what you (and, um, your invisible twin) must do when your trip starts.

But if you prize legroom, can’t get a seat you really want, want to hog a bulkhead or exit row, or just don’t want to sit immediately next to a stranger, then this is certainly an option to consider.

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15 Comments

  1. It might work until your invisible companion fails to board the plane, Delta detects the empty seat, then fills it with a standby passenger. Hmm. Your invisible friend would need a name, birthdate, and gender too. IDK, seems like a waste of a certificate.

    • @Scott – See linked posts – it works great. You just have to check-in both boarding passes each flight.

      • Barry Graham Reply

        I thought (and was going to write) the same until I read your linked posts which explain the process well.

      • If you scan both passes, won’t that make their paperwork off.

    • @Jeffery – You mean to avoid the fee? No that will not work. However your dog can use the extra seat because you paid for it (well extra you did).

  2. And what do you say to the FA when they ask if the seat next to you is taken???

  3. You guys are so patient with the commenters. Were it me, I’d just say “read the damn link, idiot.”
    Hmmm. Must be one of the reasons I’m not a blogger. ; )

    • I think people are becoming more accustomed to scanning or reading quickly, so that may have something to do with it. Who knows. Thanks for the comment!!

    • @Barry – The post is about the fact that you can do this. The details are in the links if folks want to learn more about the in’s, out’s and issues doing so.

      • Barry Graham Reply

        Many people don’t do clickthrus when they are getting 200 e-mails a day and have already had to click once to get to the whole story. I was about to ask one of the previous questions about whether they would cancel the seat if you didn’t show up. I had already typed in the question and was about to send it but then I thought I should double check and make sure that my question wasn’t answered in the link, which, of course, it was.

        I was just responding to Chris’s comment and explaining why people are asking questions that have already been answered.

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