New & Improved Delta Upgrade System For Elites
Good news Delta flyers, there will be a new & improved Delta upgrade system for elites going forward. No more giving up a exit row window seat for a middle economy comfort seat if you don’t want to. I think this system benefits the Silver Elites the most.
What Has Changed?
The improved Delta upgrade system does not change the window of when elites gain access to Comfort+ upgrades. That is the same and as follows:
- Silver – 24 hours before departure
- Gold – 72 hours before departure
- Platinum & Diamond – shortly after ticketing
In the past Delta would move their lower end elites into Comfort+ when the opportunity arose even if the selection was worse. People would lose exit row window seats for middle Comfort+ etc. It could be a gamble to try to get an upgrade but not any longer.
Delta will now allow you to specify what is an acceptable upgrade. If the available seat doesn’t match the criteria then you will stay where you are at. This is good news for Silver elites and Gold elites on popular routes.
Here is what it will look like in the app
And here is how you do it
Not a major change but one that will make life better for lower end Delta Elites. These little changes are the type of thing that will keep people coming back. It makes the process easier and more rewarding. You should no longer have to worry about being upgraded into a worse seat going forward. This improved Delta upgrade system is a small win in my book but a win nonetheless.
Does this change make you value lower end Delta status more or did you never have an issue with the old upgrade system?
Hat Tip: Reader Ryan J