Delta First Class Or Private Jet – New Medallion Upgrade

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Most of us hope for an upgrade to First Class when we book a flight on Delta. Did you know that Delta has a 66-aircraft private jet unit? Well, as reported by Skift, Delta is about to roll out a new upgrade opportunity for Medallion Members. The new program offers a chance to purchase an upgrade to a private jet instead of flying in your booked commercial seat. Which would you prefer?

Delta First Class Or Private Jet – New Medallion Upgrade

As reported by Skift,

“The new upgrade program, targeted at what Delta calls “high-value customers,” will cost $300 to $800, depending on destination. Beginning as soon as this week, passengers who have achieved elite or “medallion” status in Delta’s SkyMiles frequent-flyer program will be eligible for the upgrade offers. But officials stress that the initial number of private jet flights will be small and focused mainly at Delta’s East Coast hubs.

Initially, only Delta’s top customers—those at the highest “Diamond Medallion” level, which is met when people spend $15,000 at Delta and travel at least 125,000 miles or 140 flight segments per year—were going to be invited to purchase the upgrades. But the company has spent several months tweaking its model and decided to expand the pool of potential customers by opening it to people at the lowest elite tier, those who travel 25,000 miles or 30 segments annually, and who spend $3,000. Most of the upgrades will involve travel scheduled the next day, although Delta Private Jets said it would have some flights that offer travelers as much as 48 hours’ notice.”

Delta First Class Or Private Jet - New Medallion Upgrade

Bottom Line

I actually think that this is pretty cool! It does sound like the initial offerings will be few and far between but, still it is definitely something to look forward to. I am also interested to see how the potential upgrade offering will work as far as notification goes – I’ll let you know as soon as I get one! What do you think; would you be willing to pay the upgrade fee of $300-$800 to fly on a private jet? Please hit the comments.

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