Delta BusinessElite Upgrade On Domestic Flight (ATL-JFK)

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As a Platinum Medallion, I find myself getting upgrade a good amount on Delta on domestic routes that I fly out of Atlanta. However, last week I was headed to New York (JFK), and last minute we had our plane swapped for a 757-200 with lie-flat seats in BusinessElite.

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Delta BusinessElite Upgrade

Even better, I was upgraded at the gate, and took my seat in 2A on this flight up to New York.

Delta BusinessElite Upgrade

I’m a huge fan of these 757’s as the screens are huge and have tons of entertainment options to choose from. Even though it was a BusinessElite plane, the service was standard domestic, meaning just a small red blanket and pillow, and no amenity kit or noise canceling headset, but that was alright on this hour and thirty minute flight.

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Bottom Line

Getting a 757-200 with lie flat seats on a domestic route is awesome, and it was a nice surprise for me. Have you ever had an international plane swapped in on a domestic route, if so let us know which route that was on!

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  1. United does this too sometimes when they need to get a plane to another hub for servicing, or to fly some international route.
    I’m booked on a 787 SFO-Houston, and a 767-400 (with 39 lie-flat Business seats!) Houston-Washington in late March! Upgrades are almost guaranteed with so many seats.
    (and have flown 787 Newark-Houston and 757-200 Newark-Miami a few years ago)
    I assume Delta does the same thing, for the same reasons.

  2. Interesting swap, since that plane is normally for JFK transcon to LAX/SFO and international flights.

  3. It is one of the reasons YVR-YYZ is such a great route. There are constantly flights in large international widebody planes and whether in J or Y, the experience is always much better than a single aisle plane.

  4. I know a lot of others have talked about Delta having a few regular or semi-regular routes where these planes (and bigger ones!) fly for repositioning purposes. I had an equipment change in Toyko that resulted in a brand new business-elite cabin going to a dumpy old-style cabin, despite my nearly $10,000 airfare. Thankfully, it was under five hours to Hong Kong. Still, I was pretty mad. On the return flight a couple of days later, it was the right plane. Oddly, when I was a platinum, I hardly ever landed upgrades in and out of Atlanta.

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