snn2003
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Delta Upgrades

Mon Jun 13, 2005 9:01 am

How much is an upgrade on Delta? Is it worth the money? The flight is CVG-BOS on what I think is an MD88.
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RE: Delta Upgrades

Mon Jun 13, 2005 9:22 am

It actually depends on the flight and the loads on the flight. I've seen short flights have higher upgrade fees than a transcon.
 
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RE: Delta Upgrades

Mon Jun 13, 2005 9:53 am

On an MD88, not worth it. The only upgrade where it'd be worth paying is maybe a long flight or business elite. You get more flying song in coach than flying first on an MD88 ( except food of coarse). for a short flight of CVG-BOS u'd be better off trying to get an exit or bulkhead row for free, then grab a nice dinner instead of the upgrade for food.
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RE: Delta Upgrades

Mon Jun 13, 2005 9:59 am

the seat is barely wider, the pitch barely longer, and on such a short flight, you won't get much in terms of added service.

how much you willing to pay for some "free" drinks?
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snn2003
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RE: Delta Upgrades

Mon Jun 13, 2005 10:41 am

lol, thanks. I dont fly delta much. Ill sitck to an exit row
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RE: Delta Upgrades

Mon Jun 13, 2005 10:53 am

the exit row will give MORE legroom! That's what I do on certain DL and CO flights. I remember a time on a short CO flight when they still flew MD80s where I got an elite upgrade after boarding (they come get you), and I was seated in an exit row, where I declined the upgrade. It wasn't worth moving and having less legroom to boot. The ice water tastes the same in both cabins.
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willbdsp
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RE: Delta Upgrades

Mon Jun 13, 2005 11:07 am

It also depends on the class of ticket you are holding. Most of the time the upgrade is $50.
 
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RE: Delta Upgrades

Mon Jun 13, 2005 12:11 pm

BOS-CVG is a $75. Flights 0-500 miles is $50, 500-999 is $75, 1000-1499 is $100, etc...I'm sure DeltaMIA will clarify if I'm wrong, but BOS-CVG is definetely $75...I've seen them sell it before.

As to the value...if you have an exit row, I'd keep it. You'd get the same amount of leg room, the F seats are marginally more comfortable on the MD-88, and you might get a small meal in F depending on the day, which isn't really needed for a 750 mile flight. If you were in 38B, I'd pay the $75 in a heartbeat. But, as a person who's often stuck in the MD-88 exit rows (when upgrades don't clear), it's not awful.

Also, on Delta, only Y/B/M/H/Q/S/K fares can be upgraded if you are non-Medallion. L/U/T can only be upgraded if you are a Medallion.

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RE: Delta Upgrades

Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:19 am

Its an interesting post. I recently flew BA to Riga (Latvia) from LHR. I managed to secure a bulk head seats on both flights and had 2 metres of legroom on the A321. And I can assure you guys that the Club Europe passengers paid 5 times the price of my ticket and that only really gave them a lounge pass and a slightly better meal than my hot pannini. Which was completely adequate and yummy!

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RE: Delta Upgrades

Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:38 am

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 7):
BOS-CVG is a $75. Flights 0-500 miles is $50, 500-999 is $75, 1000-1499 is $100

That is correct. You can also use 10,000 Skymiles (5,000 if full fare) for a one way upgrade and you have a higher priority.
With the Standby upgrade program you can only pay with an accepted credit card, no other forms of payment is acceptable.
In most markets there is also a Q fare (QUPBV) that is an upgraded fare if you want to avoid the waitlists and standby lists. It usually isn't much more than eligible upgradeable fares.
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RE: Delta Upgrades

Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:44 am

Snn2003,

What was the fare you paid for CVG to BOS?
 
snn2003
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RE: Delta Upgrades

Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:56 am

My flight starts at Moline, IL then to CVG then BOS. and for the one way fare it cost 114$
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RE: Delta Upgrades

Tue Jun 14, 2005 7:19 am

That fare will not be upgradable. Also, remember that DL fills first class with their medallions before the standby upgrades, CVG-BOS is a busy route for medallions, and the MD-88 has only 14 F seats. It is a very rare occasion DL offers to sell an upgrade to F.

I've flown 65k miles with DL this year, with another 12K booked for the next two months. I've only been on three flights this year where upgrades to F were offered, one on DCA-SLC Monday afternoon 2 seats unassigned, JFK-CVG 7 seats unassigned (767-300ER with 36 J seats) and JFK-SLC 1 seat unassigned (also 767-300ER with 36 J seats).

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