My family and I just wrapped up a wonderful trip to west-central Minnesota. I ran into a number of old and new friends; we swapped tips about travel, points, miles, money-saving techniques, and credit cards.
A Delta Air Lines Platinum Medallion member remarked to me that he planned to buy Comfort+ seats for an upcoming Delta trip.
“Why’s that?”I said, After all, Diamond and Platinum members can usually get upgraded into Comfort+ shortly after completing the reservation (if there are any seats available).
“Because I want to sit in Comfort Plus,” he said, giving me a look that said, Wow, is this Carley guy stupid or what?
I explained the whole free-upgrade-immediately-after-booking thing.
“So, I just need to book Main Cabin, request the Comfort Plus and First Class upgrades, and then check back a minute or two later to see if I got upgraded to Comfort?” he said,
“Oh,” he said, his eyes glazing over. I assumed he was mentally tallying how much he overpaid for Comfort+ in the five-ish years he’s been a Platinum.
Is it Ever Worth Diamonds and Platinums Buying Comfort+?
Look, your money is your money. Knock yourself out if you’re a Diamond or Platinum member and want to pay for Comfort+. Delta sure as heck won’t care.
But if you really want to jump a spot (or maybe more) on the First Class upgrade list, consider that Comfort+ fares (W and S) are higher than most Main Cabin fares (exceptions being Y and B). As fare class is a First Class/domestic Delta One tie-breaker, that might help your cause.
Other than that, you can usually sit in Comfort+ and enjoy whatever benefits are available (depending on flight length, of course) for no additional cost.
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