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It Takes Two: Delta Updates Companion Upgrade Policies

A while ago, I opened a Delta Platinum American Express card, and had recently thought about cancelling it. Why? First off, I can easily get more Delta points by using another card (including the American Express Platinum card, which allows me to earn 5 points per dollar spent, then transfer over to my SkyMiles account, vs 2 points per dollar on the Delta card), but more importantly, the companion pass (a “benefit” of the card) and the revenue ticket purchased alongside it were not eligible for upgrades. In fact, any non-revenue companion ticket was not eligible for upgrades. Well, that’s all changed.


The Scoop

Delta has updated their terms for companion upgrades (and they’re pretty great!).  Per their website, starting April 6, 2017, companions traveling with Medallion Members will be eligible for Complimentary Upgrades not only on paid tickets but Award Tickets, Miles + Cash tickets, and Pay with Miles tickets. Companions traveling on a SkyMiles Companion Certificate will also be eligible for Complimentary Upgrades beginning April 6, 2017.

Medallions (and friends) rejoice!

In related news, Delta will also begin servicing their DCA-LAX and BOS-SFO routes with their Delta One cabin, so upgrades past Premium Economy will not be an option for all Medallions (and companions), unless upgrade certificates are used.

Delta DL3614 First Class seat 2C and 2D

You and your companion certificate-toting travel buddy could soon be headed for these upgraded seats


The Takeaway

I am thrilled that Delta is finally rewarding Medallions and allowing upgrade options for award tickets – especially the dreaded Delta credit card companion certificate – which was pretty annoying to use, knowing that I’d worked so hard for status and wouldn’t be eligible for the upgrade because I was using a “benefit” I was given. This is a small upgrade to the program (though perhaps a diversion so we’ll stop noticing as they continue to devalue SkyMiles 😉).

I guess I’ll be keeping my Delta Platinum credit card after all…


PS – we know we’ve had our lips sealed about this whole United debacle – leaving the commentary on that to our in-house United expert, Arun. Stay tuned. 




Featured image credit: Delta

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