|Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 1):|
You can count on no upgrades on LAX-JFK roundtrip. They only clear Diamond on day of departure so a big deal to snag an upgrade on that route as with most transcon's. You'll see an occasional upgrade for Gold via SLC, MEM, MSP or DTW. ATL and JFK flights are heavy Diamond and Platinum on every flight, every day.
So your benefit will be priority check-in and boarding, selection of preferred seats, discounted Economy Comfort seats, a free bag, milege accrual and MQM rollover at end of year.
As I "advanced" up the ladder of Medallion status, my first upgrade as a Silver was on a MEM-STL CRJ9 on a Sunday night and not again until I made Gold.....a transcon routing of SAN-SLC-STL and only then because the flight was delayed 6 hours in SLC and many had been re-booked. I've held Platinum status for 3 years, and like to rollover enough miles to start each new year at or near Gold if possible. If you make a concerted effort to fly DL, you will accrue the status.....but from experience I've earned my "wings" with a fair amount of flight delays, cancellations, middle seats and many a connection over a nonstop on a competitor. I like DL's service and they treat me well. Last Friday in ATL, I made a 17 minute connection between Concourse D and B..........and 4 minutes before pushback my bag was planeside and boarded! My seat had been given away but luckily there was a stray empty for me. I was impressed.....that I could run that fast and that my bag made it to the plane as quickly as I did. Pretty awesome of DL on a Friday night in ATL......not to speak of the comp cold beer the F/A "awarded" me for running that fast in my age group.
Don't be surprised to see yourself way down on the upgrade list routinely. The worse I have seen was a LAX-ATL flight that had 88 upgrades on the list.......with 3 seats available.......on a 777LR. Trust me. You'll ride a lot in the back before you get up front, but rewards do come with effort. Then you'll find yourself thinking MQM's and mileage runs to build your accrual and status, along with using AMEX, Hilton, and Hertz. You can even buy MQM's from DL at the end of the year if you're in dire need of advancing your status by December 31st. Be careful. It can become addictive.
Good Luck with your travel,
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