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DL Upgrades For Non-medallions  
User currently offlineLitz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1764 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2601 times:
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What kind of options are there for people with several tens of thousands of skymiles and no medallion status ? Under the old system, it's very possible to be a semi-frequent flyer and end up just under the MQM's needed for Silver ...

I know on Northwest, you can pay a onetime charge of $75 and upgrade to 1st class ... Does DL have a similar option and/or the ability to use skymiles instead?

thanks

- litz

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User currently offlineDeltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2546 times:


If First is fairly empty, then you can buy stand-by upgrades at the gate $75 and up depending on the length of the flight- but only if you have a certain fare code on your ticket (Y,B,M,K,Q - I think) - no web fares!!

Also, anyone can use miles to upgrade to first - subject to availability.


User currently offlineJuanchie From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2518 times:

I thought the upgrade to first class was only 50$? That may be only on shorter flights but I was pretty sure that was what it was up till December. But yeah, if you buy the ticket from a non-delta website you wont be able to.


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User currently offlineDeltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2500 times:


Price depends on length of flight. Don't be fooled though. You can buy tickets on delta.com that are not eligible also - aka e-savers.


User currently offlineDeltaMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1672 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

Depending on mileage the purchase price is $50, $75, or $100. All fares are eligible except for L, U, and T. As well as mileage redeemed coach tickets.


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User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2644 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2428 times:

DeltaMIA has it best on the 'at-the-gate-for-sale-upgrades'. Starts at $50, goes up based on length.

Not determined to be available within 3 hours before departure, and then I think, only for sale within 90 mins. of departure at the gate only.

The mileage-based upgrades, however, can not be used on the lowest fare classes (T for sure, maybe L and U).

NW's is similar, though the starting price is $35 (a better value I think, I've bought it a # of times).



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User currently offlineUpgradeplease From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2417 times:

YBMHQK Fares are eligible for gate upgrades. Non-medallions, with enough skymiles can upgrade on YBM fares at time of booking upon availability. 10,000 miles for domestic, 20,000 to Europe. Or you can travel with a medallion and get upgraded at 12 hours on a K or higher fare. (Domestic only)


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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2367 times:

I was upgraded once, and I was not even a SkyMiles member...then again, I was 12 and traveling by myself  Big grin

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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3036 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2356 times:

Cool! I'm flying to FLL this month on a 764. Would LUV to spend some time in the front cabin....


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User currently offlineAAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

Then GSPSPOT don't buy the lowest fare or any net savers.
If you want to upgrade, it's likely you're going to be paying another $200-300 in fare difference plus day-of-departure upgrade fees at minimum. I hope the mediocre First on the B767-400 for 90 minutes is worth that price.


User currently offlinePlanefreak From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

One important thing to remember about upgrades for non-medallion member is that now medallions have unlimited upgrades. There may not be seats left for the general public.

You might try buying a discounted A class (First class) ticket from Delta.com. This is a great deal to fly up front.

Planefreak


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2280 times:

It's the cheapest F class cabin in the sky.
While not being part of their ff program....I have yet to be denied a F-class seat.
In all fairness, we typically have full..or marginally discounted Y seats (which, I'm sure attribute to getting cleared relatively early in the queue).

I think it's a great incentive to use Delta.


User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3036 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2280 times:

My fare class is "Q" going down, and for some reason, "H" coming back. Would there be any problems? (Already purchased).


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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3036 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

I'd probably only upgrade on 1 segment....


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User currently offlineAAJAXFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2248 times:

With H and Q, you are fine, as already paying more than the lowest available fare.

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