Delta App Live Seat Map During Boarding
The other day I flew from Las Vegas to Detroit on Delta on an award ticket. As an Alaska Airlines elite I wasn’t eligible for an upgrade to first class, however I was able to choose what they call a “preferred” seat. Unfortunately Alaska elites are not able to upgrade to Comfort+.
Before boarding I noticed the middle seat next to me was open, so I kept checking the seat map on the Delta app to see if it had been assigned as the boarding process continued. About 10 minutes into boarding, the one Comfort+ seat available in the cabin turned into a preferred seat and was available for me to change to for free.
Now I didn’t change because I ended up with an empty middle seat and that row would have been full, but it was possible. At some point before closing out the flight, those seats may turn into regular or preferred inventory and you may be able to get one. It pays to keep the app open and check as the seatmap is updated.
Always Check the App During Boarding
This is a great reminder that the Delta app is valuable even if you don’t have any kind of status. Delta seemed to keep the seatmap open until the flight door was closed, meaning it was possible to change seats up until the last minute. This allows you to monitor any real time changes and see if there is anywhere else you would rather sit on the plane.
On a less full flight I could have opted to move further back in the plane to have a row to myself for example. Luckily in my case I already ended up with one of the better seats around since there were only 3 empty middles on the entire plane. Either way, if you are the only one monitoring the app, you will have a leg up on everyone else!
If you are eligible for free preferred seating but not Comfort+, keep an eye on the Delta app during boarding to see if the Comfort+ option opens up for you. On the flip side, even if you are stuck in a normal economy seat, it never hurts to check the app during boarding to see if you can play a game of musical chairs that lands you in a better spot.