In addition to yesterday’s great news that Delta is extending all active/unused Upgrade Certificates through December 31, 2021, and giving us the ability to check on Delta.com GUC and RUC availability, there are two more #KeepClimbing additions:
Upgrade Certificates Are Now Valid for Award Tickets!
In addition to cash and Pay With Miles tickets, Delta Air Lines now lets Medallions redeem their Upgrade Certificates on both Award Travel and Miles + Cash tickets on Delta-operated flights.
Not to sound like a cliche here, but Delta award travel just became more rewarding.
Keep in mind this addition is valid only on flights operated by Delta. However, I do see it available on flights operated by Delta Connection partners.
Multiple Companions with Your Upgrade Certificates
Here’s another fun change. You’re no longer limited to upgrading just one companion with you. If you have, say, four available Certs, then four people might be upgraded!
There are a few points to keep in mind:
- Each companion requires his or her own Upgrade Certificate.
- Your companions must be your PNR/confirmation number — or their reservation must be linked to your PNR/confirmation number.
- Confirmed upgrade inventory is generally not a sure-thing. Just because you have a bunch of certificates and people you’re traveling with doesn’t mean everyone’s riding upfront. For example, I recently booked a trip for five people this fall. Our flights offer Delta One seats and service — but there’s no upgrade inventory. This despite the seat map and Fly Delta app indicating not a single Delta One seat has been sold on either flight. (Granted, seat maps and the Fly Delta app don’t necessarily indicate available inventory.) Delta apparently wants to make some money and try to sell those seats instead. (How dare they?! 😉 )
Again, credit where it is due: these changes make it better to be a Medallion. They benefit Delta’s more loyal customers — and also give others a glimpse into the “Medallion life.”
Because as we all know, it’s tough to quit it once you’ve had a taste.
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