Attention, Delta Diamond Medallions not sitting in Delta One or First Class: you now must slow your roll when it comes to boarding.
Diamonds Are No Longer Part of the Delta One/First Class Cool Kids Boarding Zone
Diamond Medallions not seated in First Class or Delta One used to enjoy boarding with those cabins. Maybe it was a “thanks for your loyalty” move or some sort of backhanded consolation prize for the non-upgraded.
But don’t worry about that anymore. Diamonds now have their own boarding zone! But it comes after First Class and Delta One.
Mr. Slotnick writes:
A spokesperson for Delta confirmed the changes to TPG, citing two main reasons. By having the front cabin board first without anyone from the coach cabin, aside from pre-boarders like people with mobility issues or travelers with small children, the on-board flight crew gets an extra few minutes to clean and prep the main cabin.
Additionally, the change is meant to help manage congestion at the boarding gate early on during boarding that can slow the whole process down. This is particularly noticeable on heavy business travel routes where there can be a lot of top-tier elite members.
That pretty much brings the Delta boarding zone number to 12:
- People needing extra time to board
- Active duty U.S. military with I.D.
- Delta One or First Class
- Diamond Medallion
- Delta Premium Select (when applicable)
- Passengers traveling with car seats and strollers
- Sky Priority
- Main Cabin 1
- Main Cabin 2
- Main Cabin 3
- Basic Economy
A longtime Diamond Medallion friend (who truly is one of the more humble people on Earth) said to me, “This will drive the ‘Do-You-Know-Who-I-Am?’ Diamond people nuts.” (I sense a lot of grumbling during Porsche rides and in the Diamond-dedicated check-in lines at Sky Clubs.)
My family flew Delta last week and this past weekend — before the boarding change was made. When First Class (including Comfort+ and Main Cabin Diamond Medallions) was announced, a lot of people boarded. Like, there were 12 First Class seats on a regional flight. At least another 12-15 boarded. So, I can kind of see why Delta is making this change — at least, based on what they told Mr. Slotnick.
This potentially gives First Class and Delta One customers an extra minute or so to enjoy their pre-departure beverages (assuming drinks are actually served).
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