Delta Upgrade with Miles???

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Have you purchased a "miles award upgrade" on Delta airlines in the last 2 years and received it?

Poll closed Apr 14, 2014.
  1. YES

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  1. billlewis

    billlewis Active Member

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    Hey I have tried 10+ times to upgrade with miles (12,500 one way) and I have not been able to do this due to "not available" I even had a one flight showing two seat in first class used and the rest (16 or so) were "wide open" and I get the same pitch from the Delta Person on the phone, I asked "why not" and I got a reply of "not available" and then asked her to look at the flight and she said "oh my, I don't know why but that is what it tells me when I try to enter a miles upgrade." I asked "Have you ever upgraded someone to first class with miles?" And she gave me a very honest answer, she said "Not in a very long time."

    So I ask has! Has anyone here done this with success recently?
     
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  2. catalystbtc

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    Yes. PEK-DTW-DFW in April. :D

    But that's the first time in several int'l trips where I've attempted, so I feel your pain.

    Basically it has to be wide open (no J seats were sold on my flight) and very early (2+ months out for me).
     
  3. catalystbtc

    catalystbtc Active Member

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    Likely they only have 1 seat available max per flight for mileage upgrade.
     
  4. gregm

    gregm Gold Member

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    I have upgraded with miles, but very, very infrequently. The year before last, for international travel once, DTW-AMS and also ATL-HNL-ATL once. (Last year I was lucky and was upgraded for free by DL for 100% of my paid international travel. 4 long haul TATL. It seems they needed the space in Y.) FWIW, most of the time the amount of miles needed for the upgrade were almost as much as an award ticket in F for the same segment(s).
     
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  5. mattsteg
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    mattsteg Gold Member

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    What flight/route? Also what fare class did you purchase?
     
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  6. gregm

    gregm Gold Member

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    Good question for the OP. Certain classes don't qualify.
     
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  7. NYBanker
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    I've done this a handful of times.
     
  8. MSPeconomist
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    Upgrades with miles pull from the same inventory class, OP or RP, which is used for upgrades with SWUs or the new GUCs/RUCs.
     
  9. mattsteg
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    And certain routes never/rarely have space. If he's just trying repeatedly to upgrade e.g. JFK-LAX his odds are not so good. Same if he's buying non-upgradeable fares.
     
  10. SunAlsoRisesMSP

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    I've had good success on LAX-JFK the last few weeks, since it's no longer eligible for complimentary upgrade. I just have to remember to book K or above.
     
  11. gregm

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    I forgot about that. One change I don't agree will "enhance the experience of their top-tier passengers".
     
  12. redtailshark

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    Heh! Of course! But at least she was honest. It's so vile when you get the standard FT corpbotspeak in response to questions like that, which seek to understand the future value of giving business to DL according to their own published policies. You know...

    "It was a hard decision, but it was the right one."

    What the DL SM management needs to hear is from every customer who leaves DL, a short note to RA with the sig. "It was a much easier decision than it used to be, and it's the right one." :)
     
  13. AMPfromBNA

    AMPfromBNA Silver Member

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    I thought they could list you as standby for the upgrade with miles, and based on your SM medallion status, you could/would clear at the gate. Basically, you would trump all other medallion upgrades in your status group, regardless of fare class. This is the same with the old SWU rules.
     
  14. MSPeconomist
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    SWUs work this way but officially upgrades with miles cannot be done at the gate. The good news is thaat YMMV and some GAs will do this if they have time and know how to do it.
     
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    Last upgrate: ATL -> LAS for 4 people :cool: (booked K)
     
  16. OceanTrotter3

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    It really depends on your fare class. It needs to be full fare. The last time I had a V-class fare, and called for an upgrade. I was told I need to fork out $4,000 to get to the minimum M class before being eligible for the 12.5k upgrade.
     
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    I've seen the M, B and Y fares almost the same as a discounted F!!
     
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    If you upgrade with miles (K to A), do you get full mileage credit + fare class bonus?
     
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  19. OceanTrotter3

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    Sigh, it was a last minute booking, and I naively thought the 12.5k applies to everything. It was a very short phone call with the agent.
     
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    :(
     
  21. Wandering Aramean
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    Nope.
     
  22. USAF_Pride
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    That's weird, because the shown MQM indicates that it does.
     
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  23. gregm

    gregm Gold Member

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    I seem to remember you do.
     
  24. Wandering Aramean
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    I'm happy to be wrong on that one, but I was pretty sure that earning was based on the original fare and that upgrades of any sort didn't increase the credit earnt.
     
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  25. WilliamQ

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    Will not matter from 2015.
    Mileage is based on what you paid regardless of fare class.
     

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