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Delta has a generous complimentary upgrade program for their elite members. Elite members in the Delta SkyMiles program can receive confirmed space available upgrades well before the day of departure. The confirmed complimentary upgrades are unlimited and are based on elite status. The upgrades can be processed formally at the 5 day mark before departure, but I’ve seen it happen earlier as a Diamond member a few years ago.
The Platinum upgrade window opens at the 5 day mark before departure. So booking before this window may help improve upgrade chances.
My Experience Booking At The 5 Day Platinum Upgrade Window
I recently booked a flight about 4 days and 23 hours before departure. This meant I was booking the flight 1 hour after the 5 day Platinum upgrade window opened up for processing. I selected a coach seat and purchased the ticket. I gave the system a few moments to refresh and then looked at my seat selection to see if I hit the seat upgrade lottery.
Sure enough, jackpot! I was already auto-upgraded to seat 1A for my flight departing in 4 days and 23 hours. The best part was it was completely free. No extra points or cash. Nice benefit Delta!
If you fly a lot of domestic flights and value flying in First Class, Delta’s elite member complimentary upgrade program should be given strong consideration.
Delta Platinum members can increase their chance for a complimentary upgrade by booking tickets before the Platinum upgrade window opens. This way, members may have a chance to receive any available complimentary upgrades before the Gold and Silver members upgrade window opens up.
What’s your strategy to receive a complimentary status upgrade on Delta?
Of course there is the The Delta Reserve Credit Card which elevates card members in the upgrade priority hierarchy.
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