This was a fun surprise.
The Accidental Upgrade?
First off, my Delta Medallion first class upgrade window opens 120 hours/five days prior to a flight’s departure time. Keep that in mind.
I flew from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Los Angeles (LAX) the other night. My flight departed at 9:35 PM CDT.
At about T-minus 121.5 hours (7:50 PM CDT and five days prior) last week, I scrolled through the flight’s seat map to see if Delta offered any buy-ups for first class. Not that I planned to purchase one; as a blogger and travel enthusiast, I wanted to find out what they were charging.
Lo and behold, there wasn’t a price listed. Nearly 16 first class seats were open on the map. So I randomly tapped seat 5A just to see what would happen.
The seat icon changed from red (available) to green (meaning I now occupied it). No “Upgrade to First Class” window popped up on my iPad and tried to upsell me. So I simply pressed “Done” to see what would happen.
(I don’t have any screenshots, so you’re going to have to trust me on this one. 🙂 )
And my seat assignment stuck. No “You’re in a Comfort+ experience, keep dreaming!” message or anything like that appeared.
Too good to be true, right? After all, this was about two hours from that flight’s upgrade window opening. I was upgraded on my flight from Sioux Falls to MSP. But that shouldn’t have had anything to do with my MSP to LAX flight. As someone who takes a lot of connecting flights each year, this was a new one for me.
So I signed out of the app and logged back in.
Sure enough, I was still in 5A. (I switched to 5B because I prefer aisle seats on longer flights if given a choice.)
I texted René to see if he had any insight. He assumed it was a Delta IT glitch. I talked to another friend. He said, “Weird things can happen around upgrade time. Maybe you just got lucky.”
So why do you think I was upgraded before my window opened? Is there something I overlooked? An obvious rule I should know? Has this ever happened to you? Please share your thoughts in the below Comments section!
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