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It appears that Delta has quietly increased their mileage upgrade prices for SkyMiles members looking to upgrade to the First or Business Class cabin. 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.
On an upcoming booking from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles, the cheapest fare available was a K class fare, which I booked. I inquired about using miles to upgrade and was quoted 25,000 miles to upgrade. Previously, this was only 20,000 SkyMiles.
I questioned the agent about the different fare classes and how much to upgrade. She laughed as their wasn’t any availability to upgrade with miles on this route anyways, but shared the following:
- L, U, T fares are now 35,000 (previously 30,000) SkyMiles to upgrade to First/Business
- H, Q, K fares are now 25,000 (previously 20,000) SkyMiles to upgrade to First/Business
- Y, B, M fares are now 20,000 (previously 15,000) SkyMiles to upgrade to First/Business
Again, these prices are for domestic routes including transcontinental flights between JFK-LAX/SFO as well as regular domestic flights. I wouldn’t be surprised if Delta has increased their mileage upgrade awards for their other markets as well, however as their aren’t award charts, I can’t confirm what the old upgrade prices are.
This increase comes right after Delta Increases Amex MQD Waiver to $250,000 for Diamond Medallion Status
Have you noticed an increase in SkyMiles needed for upgrading on Delta? Feel free to share your observations in the comments below.
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