Delta today announced that Medallion complimentary upgrades would expand to include domestic Delta One routes including Hawaii effective April 1, 2018. Upgrades would be processed day of departure instead of the usual elite upgrade windows.
Delta has been rolling out their Delta One product to more transcontinental routes and making these eligible (at least theoretically) to complimentary Medallion upgrades and those using certificates makes sense.
Here’s the announcement from Delta (access here):
We know that as a Medallion Member, you look forward to getting Complimentary Upgrades – which is why we are making our upgrade policies even more rewarding. Starting April 1, 2018, Medallion Members will be eligible for day-of-departure Complimentary Upgrades to Delta One on all flights within the U.S. 50 – including flights to Hawaii.
This means that effective April 1, Medallion Members will be eligible for Complimentary Upgrades to:
- Delta One within the U.S. 50 – clearing on the day of departure following the same clearance priority hierarchy as First Class Upgrades, subject to availability
- First Class – clearing based on the Medallion clearance windows, subject to availability
- Delta Comfort+ – clearing based on the Medallion clearance windows, subject to availability
Additionally, starting April 1, 2018, Regional Upgrade Certificates (a Choice Benefit option available to Diamond and Platinum Medallion Members) may be used on any flight that is eligible for Complimentary Upgrades – including all flights with First Class and the domestic Delta One experience.
Delta’s goal has been to sell their first class cabin and to a lesser extend to offer it as a complimentary upgrade to elite members. I would assume that complimentary upgrades will be rather rare but those using certificates might have better luck.
You might see Medallion complimentary upgrade processed on less business heavy route during mid-week or weekends.