Delta Secrets – Delta’s Domestic Flat-Bed Routes And Delta New York JFK To Los Angles 4x Daily Flat-Bed Business Elite Service For Summer


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Delta announced yesterday that it will add their Business Elite flat-bed onto four daily flights to New York (JFK) from Los Angeles during the summer. That means you have a 4 in 7 chance of getting onto a plane with flat-bed seats. If you don’t get the flight with truly flat-bed, don’t worry, their 757 Business Elite product is pretty good as you can see in my review of the 757 Business Elite service from New York to Atlanta.

Delta Domestic Routes With Flat-Bed Business Elite

We’ve been keeping tabs on Delta’s domestic routes that offer Business Elite Flat-Bed. It turns out there are quite a few. It will be interesting to see if the new LAX to JFK routes takes the flat-bed service from any of the other domestic destinations. Here’s a list of Delta’s domestic routes that I’m aware have offered flat-bed Business Elite service in the past or currently offer the service. The available flights with flat-beds will vary by day of travel.

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  • DTW-ATL-DTW
  • JFK-ATL-JFK
  • SEA-ATL-SEA
  • SFO-ATL-SFO
  • SLC-ATL-SLC
  • JFK-SEA-JFK
  • LAX-JFK-LAX
  • LAX-ATL-LAX

Delta Announces 4x Daily Flat-Bed Service Between LAX and JFK

The Business Elite product will begin 4x daily service to New York starting this summer. You can already book these flights, and coach is not a terribly high price. If you book coach and are hoping for an upgrade, just know that this is a very Delta SkyMiles Elite heavy route, so competition for the complimentary upgrade will be high.

The first Business Elite flat-bed flight leaves LAX at 6:30 AM and arrives into New York at 3:05 PM.

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The next Business Elite flat-bed flight leaves LAX at 8:30 AM and arrives into New York at 5:10 PM.

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The next Business Elite flat-bed flight leaves LAX at 11:15 AM and arrives into New York at 7:55 PM.

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The final Business Elite flat-bed flight of the day leaves LAX at 9:30 PM and arrives into New York at 6:00 AM.

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The new routes appear to be centered from coast to coast or between major hubs. The only domestic route that appears to lose the 767 with flat-bed seats is Salt Lake City, but I can’t confirm this with certainty yet.

Bottom Line

By selecting a domestic route and flight with flat-bed Business Elite service, you can greatly increase your chances of an upgrade and enjoy the flight in one of Delta’s newest Business Elite seats.

Have you found any other domestic routes with the flat-bed Business Elite service?

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Comments

  1. BUT the 75E’s that have the flat beds also have fewer first class seats. So while the product is better, it’s harder to get an upgrade…especially considering most of the routes are loyalty/premium heavy

  2. I wouldn’t exactly call the 757 an angled lie flat. They are the cradle/sleeper style seats and don’t go flat. Air France is a good example of an angled lie flat, where the seat is in one ‘flat’ plane but is at an angle.

    Also of note is the improved/expanded service for EC and regular economy on these routes which was recently announced. 100+ selections on the IFE, free alcohol, snakcs, and movies in EC, and 110v power for all seats.

    Even economy gets a boost, with the 767 having usb power in all seats, and the 757 having 110vac power. There’ll also be some free movies and tv shows in regular Y.

  3. Hi Noah – I agree. I didn’t say the 757’s offer a greater chance of an upgrade. The 757’s have fewer seats and are not flat-beds, I clearly spelled out that selecting a domestic “FLAT-BED” will offer you a better chance to upgrade and ride in the newer seats. I also clearly spelled out that the flights are “very Delta SkyMiles Elite heavy route”

    Hi Steve – Agree, it’s more equivalent to the old cradle seats on the 767, but slightly worse as it is only 150 degrees of recline. Definitely an improved Y product on these routes.

  4. The dedicated JFK business elite routes (SFO/SEA/LAX) with flat beds will have wi-fi. It’s the other random routes that are more ‘international positioning’ flights will not have wi-fi as they are international planes.

    I’m a heavy user of in-flight wi-fi and will usually opt for a plane with domestic first and wi-fi over a lie-flat without it. The service and food is the same either way, so it just comes down to the seat. I don’t typically sleep on my flights, so no need for a bed.

  5. @Truthiness–likely a reposition or through flight to go or come from an international city.

  6. I flew the ATL-SEA flight in the lie-flat 767 in March. Now looking into May, I cannot find any lie-flat seats on the ATL/JFK-SEA or ATL/JFK-SFO routes. What happened to the planes??

  7. Does Delta do new flat-bed seats in business on its JFK-Narita route? Are they good? I read horrible reviews of flat-bed seats on United and American. Are Delta’s angled? I’m travelling in May.

  8. Hi Mark A – Yes. They operate a 747 on this route which has flat-bed seating. You can check your flight on Delta to see if it has a bed icon next to it which indicates it has flat-bed seats.

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