I am a DL
SkyMiles Platinum, and don't know all the ins-and-outs of DL
's pricing/fare classes so I hope some of this info will be helpful to you. If I am mistaken, let's hope a DL
person can correct or elaborate further for all of us.
There is no difference in service and likely fare amounts between domestic First Class and domestic Business Class. A flight is shown as "Business" if the domestic operated portion is of an international flight, such as DL17 ATL
or DL65 MAN
. These domestic segments may involve a "change of gauge" or aircraft change but the flight is operated as a direct service for global distribution display purposes. Exceptions to this domestc service standard is the JFK
market that is "Business Elite" with the business class 757 layout and Michelle Bernstein inspired "chef" selection meal service. Michelle's selection may still be Bar-B-Que chicken, but its marketed that way on this prime business route.
Fares also may dictate how you get moved from one class to another. A "P" fare is generally an automatic upgrade to F as a coach fare due to its higher price. A full Y fare may confirm in F as a P or A class for all or parts of your itinerary, but not always so be watchful what class you're being confirmed in. "I" class is generally discounted international Business Elite.
Premium Economy - W - was initially set-up for international itineraries only, but may become a new domestic fare class as this new service is introduced system-wide. A recent change/addition is the ability to "buy up" to preferred seats/Economy Comfort at the 24 hour OLCI time for domestic segments as aircraft types are modified for Economy Comfort. Right now, why "buy up" to W when you can get these better seats, if stilll available, at 24 hour OLCI?
I book only in coach, but know the higher fare classes get me bonus miles/MQM's and better upgrade options up to 5 days out. A recent trip I booked at last minute got me roundtrip First Class (P) but my actual ticket fare basis was B so my boss and company did not fuss at me flying in opulent luxury to RIC
showed me as "coach" due to the fare basis, I accrued bonus miles/MQM's on a B fare , but I rode in first class for the complete roundtrip.
If you request a "First/Business" fare, prices with schedule will display lowest to highest for date requested, based on seat availability. You will find for example that DL17 ATL
will generally be pricier in first class, not because it is sold as "Business Class" but demand by time of day, day of week, and even popularity when it operates with the 77L that continues on to SYD
. It is considered a "prime" flight ATL
and will generally have higher fares and fare classes for travel in First and Coach. Medallion elites like it because of increased seat capacity in First that helps their upgrade chances. Same logic also for the return on DL16 regardless of aircraft type.
If you are building elite status on DL
, know that "V" is the complimentary First Class upgrade, but you accrue all miles/MQM's based on your coach fare basis.
WHEW! I'm not sure I answered your inquiry, but hope my info is accurate and helpful.
watch what you want. you may get it.