Delta announced last week that upgrade certificate rules change in February 2022.
The major news was that certificates will only allow people to upgrade one cabin higher than the one they purchased. In other words, a Global Upgrade Certificate currently allows passengers to upgrade from Main Cabin to Delta One, bypassing Premium Select (if that’s even offered on the plane).
You know, the seats with lie-flat beds and better service than coach.
But next year, the best a Global Certificate can do is bump you up from Main Cabin to Premium Select. Or if you buy Premium Select, then you can upgrade to Delta One.
So what’s all the extra urgency?
Well, Delta announced all flights from the United States to Europe will feature Premium Select next year. Gone will be the days of upgrading from Main Cabin to Delta One. (At least to Europe.)
See, some widebody aircraft don’t yet have Premium Select. They feature just Delta One, Comfort+, and Main Cabin-Basic Economy. But Delta is refurbishing the A330 and 767-300 fleets to include Premium Select. (The new A330neos are, of course, already outfitted with Premium Select.)
Delta says that “by next summer” every flight to Europe will feature Premium Select.
So What Does This Mean?
If you want to use your Global Upgrade Certificates for Delta One experiences, burn them like a dumpster fire thirsty for gasoline. And do it now.
Search for a trip. Make sure there’s upgrade inventory.
Look for flights using aircraft not yet outfitted with Premium Select. These include:
Check the itinerary’s seat maps to make sure Premium Select isn’t installed on your aircraft(s). Book the trip and call Delta and get yourself into the good seats.
All Delta flights to Europe will operate on aircraft featuring Premium Select as soon as next summer. The glory days of Global Upgrade Certificates are rapidly coming to a close. Burn ’em if you got ’em. (And if you need help finding a good European trip with Global Upgrade inventory, holler at Juicy Miles.)
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