Delta Air Lines offered me opportunities to purchase First Class upgrades from my Comfort+ seats for upcoming flights between Fargo (FAR) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP).
And the prices are crazy.
They Want How Much?
Most Delta flyers are aware of the airline’s first class monetization (FCM) efforts. Delta gives ticketed passengers in coach the option to buy up to First Class.
Upgrade prices vary, of course. Available inventory certainly plays a part.
I’m originally from Fargo. My wife, daughter, and I visit the 701 a couple of times each year to visit family.
The flights between Fargo and MSP are pretty short. Our upcoming MSP to FAR hop is scheduled for 1 hour, 14 minutes (gate-to-gate). The FAR to MSP return is blocked for 1 hour, 17 minutes. Realistically, we spend about 45 minutes in the air. (Certainly not long enough for Delta to provide cabin service for anyone behind the First Class curtain. Heavens, no.)
We usually see First Class offers between FAR and MSP in the range of $85 or so when there are no seats occupied on the seat map. The price goes up as people claim seats up front. (I don’t remember ever accepting a buy-up offer on those short flights; I can suffer through a 75-minute no-cabin-service trip in coach.)
But I found this offer — with apparently no one claiming seats yet in First Class — quite stunning.
$504.17 for a 75-minute trip — and there’s no one yet in First Class? (Unless most of the cabin is sold and seats haven’t yet been assigned.)
I logged into Expert Flyer to check.
It shows 9 seats available in business class (“J”) — but I believe Expert Flyer displays inventory up to only 9 seats.
But I can use just 46,900 SkyMiles if I don’t want to pay cash.
What a bargain.
For our return trip from FAR to MSP, Delta is offering the same deal: $504.17 for the short hop.
Also, no meals are served during those flights, nor will you find a “large entertainment seatback screen” in First Class.
Delta’s first class monetization certainly isn’t anything new. And the costs are usually prohibitive for me. But five hundy for this short flight is downright ridiculous.
Yeah, I’ll pass.
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