Yes, it's easy to criticise DL
in a lot of ways: changes to SkyMiles, ever increasing DL
Connection taking over mainline DL
. However, they have done something right here. This is far better than the old system. You are paying $25 for a CONFIRMED seat. You now know when you're leaving and when you're arriving as opposed to being left guessing until the last moment when you do or do not get on your preferred flight. This also makes life a lot easier for thos on connecting itineraries. For example, if you're flying from MIA
, you would be able to have you itinerary confirmed for all flights. If you're stand-bying, you could easily reach ATL
or wherever and not get on the second flight. This system is also far better for Medallions who want to upgrade. In the past, you could only put your name on the upgrade list when your coach seat cleared. You were often too late for the upgrade. Being confirmed three hours late greatly increases your chances.