Delta plans to change the order in which Medallions get upgraded starting April 30, 2016, with those on full Y fares no longer jumping to the top. This is a change in order to provide those who fly Delta the most, a higher change to be upgraded, so I’m actually looking forward to this change.
New Change: Medallion level is now the most important factor in upgrade clearance priority, starting with Diamond Medallion members, then Platinum, Gold and Silver
Other upgrade factors to note as well:
- Delta Reserve Credit Card Members will still have a higher prioritization within the Medallion peer set for upgrades
- Delta corporate partner travelers will now have a higher prioritization within the Medallion peer set for upgrades
- If all else is considered equal, members who have spent at least $25,000 in the current calendar year on their Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express will enjoy higher priority
- Date and time of upgrade request will be used as a tie-breaker
If you’re a Diamond or Platinum Medallion and have you used to wonder why you’re not higher on the upgrade list, it could of been because of lower level Medallions booking full Y fares and being upgraded, so with this new ordering that shouldn’t happen now.
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