The ultimate guide to delta air lines upgrade rules. Delta skymiles members wanting a little extra leg room or the premium delta experience can now purchase that upgrade using miles instead of cash on after booking their ticket. You can connect to toronto on saver delta award seats, but the delta search engine will not show you connection options. The only delta skymiles award chart travel is free. Deltas previous way of upgrading with miles was too complicated, so this presents a really easy way to upgrade. While it does take a considerable amount of time to accumulate enough miles to redeem, it is relatively easy to redeem delta skymiles.
My favorite alltime trips include yangon, myanmar, chiang mai, thailand. Heres an example of what that looks like for a flight later this week from orlando to new yorklaguardia. Delta now allows seat upgrades with skymiles, but its a bad deal. As delta no longer published their award or mileage upgrade charts online, the only way you can find the prices is by calling their reservations team. If your reservation is eligible, youll see the option to upgrade with miles in your trip summary before you complete your purchase. Delta eliminates their upgrade award chart in the past, finding and booking a delta mileage upgrade award wasnt an easy process.
Delta has combined business class and first class into a single cabin they. Redeem your miles to reduce the cost of delta tickets on. Delta partners with so many chinese airlines to get you to asia region for 85,000 skymiles in business class each way. Previously, you had to call customer service to upgrade using skymiles to get a better seat or even move to a premium cabin. In a nutshell, muas allowed you to use miles to upgrade on most deltaoperated flights and on certain virgin atlanticoperated, air franceklmoperated and aeromexicooperated flights.
First, both paid cash fares and award tickets booked with skymiles are. Delta has rolled out a new feature on their website, where skymiles can now upgrade their tickets using skymiles online. It appears that delta has quietly increased their mileage upgrade prices for skymiles members looking to upgrade to the first or business class cabin. Delta also has internally published the new higher priced skymiles award upgrade charts but did not share them with us when they emailed about the skymiles program changes. Despite not having an award chart, skyteam flights with delta miles are very consistent.
In this post, ill share how to upgrade to first class or business class using miles, upgrade certificates or money on delta airlines and its partners. Before getting into the details, ill give you some general information about deltas frequent flyer program called skymiles, which is a prerequisite for most types of upgrades. It is permissible to book an award trip with a single multiday stopover at a skyteam hub such as new york or paris. Delta now allows seat upgrades with skymiles, but its a.
How many skymiles do you need to upgrade to business or. Delta skymiles members wanting a little extra leg room or the premium delta. Once selected, use miles to upgrade all passengers in your reservation. Originally created in 1981 as the delta air lines frequent flyer program, this program has been rewarding loyal delta air lines passengers for over 30 years, offering complimentary miles for every eligible transaction that. How to upgrade to businessfirst class on delta air lines. Delta skymiles is a program for members to accumulate miles through flights, partner hotel stays and some credit card purchases. If an upgrade is available, you will see an option to select seats for money or miles. Frugal travelers can also upgrade their flights using points and miles as well. You can now easily redeem delta miles to upgrade one.
Delta does not offer upgrades at the gate on international routes. Delta skymiles mileage upgrade award prices increasing. If youre referring to mileage plus miles which is uniteds program, the second link below indicates that the upgrade in each direction for discounted economy tickets would cost. Delta eliminates upgrade award chart for flights in. Skymiles are not just useable for paying for flights. Delta upgrade awards same day paid standby upgrades. To put things in perspective, skymiles domestic coach awards start at 25,000 miles roundtrip, so youd be using more than that just to upgrade a oneway flight to first class. Upgrading with delta and skymiles ive found it ridiculously annoying trying to upgrade with miles.
Delta eliminates mileage upgrade awards the points guy. Yes, first class purchases before and after ticketing will earn medallion qualification dollars mqds, medallion qualification miles mqms and applicable mileage accruals when a skymiles number is included in the purchase transaction. The sameday standby upgrade option allows you to upgrade your flight for a small fee, provided space is available and your ticket is eligible. If youre a frequent traveler on delta or its partner airlines, and you have a skymiles account thats built up enough miles, you can upgrade your ticket to one class higher. All skymiles members can use miles to upgrade during and after booking on delta. But ive tried at least 10 times to use miles and upgrade on atlwest coast flights with no luck. My take on this we know that delta does everything in their power to sell first class, rather than offer complimentary upgrades.
And even if you could pull it off it wasnt always a great deal since youd have to buy a more expensive fare class to be eligible for the best upgrade award prices in the first place. Delta is very flexible when it comes to nonstandard itineraries. Check on the class of your flight to determine if it is possible. Delta to cut first class prices after making skymiles. Delta charges a lot of miles for the privilege of an upgrade, often almost as much as an award ticket on its own. First find award seats on jet airways using deltas search engine.
Delta is an industry leader in offering this simple selfservice option via its website, with the same functionality coming to its awardwinning fly delta app. You will be spending 42,500 extra, but 67,000 skymiles is still less than 92,500. How delta is making it easier to upgrade using your miles delta. A point me to the plane reader has successfully confirmed a ticket, booked yesterday, in china easterns private first class suites, using 170,000 skymiles. Skymiles members can now use the fly delta app to purchase a seat upgrade using miles instead of cash. These are no longer available on domestic routes and have been replaced with using miles for fcm buyups at slightly over 1 cpm see the fcm thread important details. All the ways to upgrade no matter your departure or destination, skymiles offers ways to make the journey enjoyable with different ways to upgrade your ticket beyond using money. Deltas relatively new upgrade with miles program allows you to confirm an upgrade from coach to first class by using miles to cover the difference between the prices of the two classes of service.
Below, we highlight some of our favorite delta cobranded. Using miles to upgrade your seat can be a moneysaving strategy if you prefer to fly firstclass with delta airlines. In order to use delta skymiles, you must book your flight through the delta air lines website or with a delta ticket agent. Systemwide upgrade certificates upgrades using mileage. Delta offers many options for upgrades, including upgrading with miles, complimentary and instant upgrades for medallion elite members, companion upgrades, and the ability to purchase an upgrade on the day of departure. Use the delta air lines skymiles calculator to determine how many miles and medallion qualifying miles, medallion qualifying dollars, and medallion qualifying segments for elite status you will earn on your next flight with delta or a partner airline. Now that you know the best ways to book delta one, lets check out some of our favorite flights to book. One person who used to be a frequent flier of delta air lines in the days when the top tier of elite level status was called royal medallion prior to the change in name of the frequent flier loyalty program to skymiles recalled the days where she would pay to upgrade to the premium class cabin. Delta skymiles has just announced their latest policy change. Its always been possible to pay to upgrade to first class or comfort plus when flying delta even when the prices are exorbitant. How delta is making it easier to upgrade using your miles. Its not just for first class or business class either main cabin passengers can upgrade to comfort plus or first class. Delta, internally, does still use the now hidden delta award charts.
How to book international first class with delta skymiles. Fly china southern business class to asia for 85,000 skymiles each way you probably start seeing the patterns here. The new app functionality comes on the heels of overwhelmingly positive customer feedback to delta launching the postpurchase upgrade payment option on in december since launching on, more than 60,000 members have chosen to. The only way to use mileage to upgrade to business elite is to purchase a ticket in fare class b, m, or y, and there must be available seat inventory to then upgrade to biz elite for 25,000 miles each way.
A round trip jfk to atl will cost 25,000 miles in the main cabin or 92,500 miles for first class. We now know that it is possible to book first class china eastern awards using skymiles. However, delta flights still vary a bit, even on some international routes. Flyertalk has now leaked those charts in a wiki above the official company post.
While delta currently sells just 57 percent of its firstand businessclass cabins, the company said in december that it will boost the figure to 70 percent by 2018. These miles can be redeemed for flights on delta, continental and northwest airlines. In tpgtv, travel expert and founder of brian kelly showcases the. Click on the my trips tab on the side of your skymiles page. On friday, delta started allowing flyers to upgrade to first class on certain.
This certificate is valid for qualifying oneway travel on flights operated by delta air lines and certain delta connection operated flights in markets where medallion complimentary upgrades are available, including first class and the domestic delta one experience, for the named skymiles certificate owner or a travel companion who is a skymiles member pursuant to the terms and conditions of this offer. But delta started rolling out the ability to upgrade seats online using skymiles on friday delta ceo ed bastian hinted at this development a few months ago during a quarterly earnings call. Delta air lines upgrades everything you need to know. There are many ways to earn delta skymiles, including flying delta or one of its skyteam partners, using a cobranded delta credit card, spending with skymiles partners like airbnb and hertz, shopping, dining and more for example, when you fly one of deltas partners like aeromexico, air france or hawaiian airlines, you can credit your flight to your delta account. If you arent able to upgrade your seat using miles on, delta reservations may be able to help you upgrade. Wouldnt it be great to fly in korean air first class using delta skymiles. The airline plans to start selling checked baggage fees in skymiles. Business travelers may find this useful, if for instance their company only allows the purchase of. Upgrading with delta and skymiles flyertalk forums. Delta skymiles removes restrictions on using upgrade. Plus, all medallion members are eligible for complimentary upgrades, with diamond and platinum medallion members also having access to upgrade certificates through exclusive choice benefits.
Pick an available seat in the seat map and complete your purchase. Thanks to the powerful delta website, you can also search and book award travel in china southern online. If you wanted first class on the way there, you could redeem 55,000 skymiles for it, and then book 12,500 miles in the main cabin on the return leg. How to redeem delta skymiles rewards for the most valuable. How to use skymiles to upgrade your delta flights the. Delta now lets you upgrade seats with skymiles online. If you would prefer to use gift cards, or get one for someone else, theres the option to do that. How to upgrade delta flights with miles comparecards. Skymiles is the name of the delta frequent flier program and the miles earned through that program those miles cannot be used to upgrade flights on united. In the meantime, enjoy the newly updated delta award chart.
Eligible tickets are those ticket booked in kclass or higher. Skymiles upgrade to first class with delta vacations. You get perks like main cabin 1 priority boarding and a free checked bag. This thread is about mileage upgrade awards, which are sky miles upgrades that upgrade your coach seat to first class, delta one or premium select. Delta how to upgrade to first or business class using miles. The international delta skymiles skyteam award chart click to expand. Its ironic, then, that no kind of upgrade elite status, upgrade instruments, or miles is possible if you purchase one of deltas basic economy fares in the e fare class. No more free travel using skymiles from delta air lines in.
With muas gone, youll be spending many more skymiles to end up in a delta one suite. On certain flights, delta flyers can upgrade from regular economy to premium economy, all the way to the business class. Skymiles international first class award ticketed and confirmed. Delta has started allowing flyers to use their skymiles to upgrade to comfort plus or first class seats. How delta is making it easier to upgrade using miles. Complimentary upgrades to first class will not earn additional mqds or mqms. Delta rolls out new mileage upgrade for skymiles members. Starting january 22, 2018, upgrade certificates, which are available exclusively for.
And while it may be tempting to use miles rather than cash to get a bigger seat upfront, its a poor use of your skymiles. Best ways to book delta one using points stepbystep. Eligible connections do not exceed 4 hours for domestic routes or 24. The upgrades are booked in ro inventory, are subject to availability and are valid with most published fares on delta air lines dl and deltadesignated codeshare flights with ro inventory. You can now easily redeem delta miles to upgrade one mile at. How to book international first class with delta skymiles point. Before getting into the details, ill give you some general information about delta s frequent flyer program called skymiles, which is a prerequisite for most types of upgrades. Deltas hidden internal skymiles business class point.888 493 1241 737 507 602 381 1210 948 818 114 835 261 1389 1493 349 449 1066 1331 770 1017 1135 171 1029 238 999 479 483 5 791 573 925 294 740 1185 1196