Delta Flying Non-BusinessElite 757’s from JFK-SEA and Still No Upgrades for Medallions

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Earlier this year, Delta announced that they would no longer offer complimentary upgrades on their transcontinental routes which include JFK-LAX, JFK-SFO, and JFK-SEA because these routes are now all flown by either 757’s or 767’s which feature BusinessElite cabins, and per the SkyMiles rules, Medallion members are only eligble to receive upgrades to first class.

Delta 757

Well starting this month, Delta is flying 1-2 flights a day from New York (JFK) to Seattle onboard an 75X, which is domestic 757-200 plane with domestic first class.

The reason for this is that flat bed modifications are underway on the 75E fleet and while modifications are taking place, the 75X will be scheduled for these transcon flights between JFK and SEA.


In addition when this aircraft is flown on this route it will NOT have any of the following: transcon BusinessElite dining, tumi amenity kits, heavenly bedding nor noise-cancelling headsets.

I argue that since this is a domestic plane and the meal service is standard first class food, that Delta should allow Medallion upgrades on these flights.

What are your thoughts?

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  1. I agree if they’re not the right planes then the rules should be like they were the last time they flew these planes from JFK/SEA.
    Then again the FF program is going to be better next year too. lol

  2. Yeah that’s a terrible waste. But I was more miffed in learning that MSP-HNL (thru SEA) was not eligible for upgrades, unless I split the fare (which I did w/ help from a studious Medallion agent), then all upgrades fell into place.

  3. I think the odds are better than 50/50 that Delta will ease up on it’s no upgrade policy.

    Seems like American has a lot of award inventory on their flights which means to me they are not being sold out with cash customers.

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