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Delta has announced new transcon flights with full Delta one service, which is great news. However, the service will not be eligible for complimentary upgrades for Delta Elites, which is the not so great news.
The New Delta Transcon Routes
The new routes announced by Delta are as follows:
- Los Angeles (LAX) to Washington DC (DCA) starting April 24
- San Francisco (SFO) to Boston (BOS) starting June 8
Delta will be operating the new routes using their Boeing 757-200 aircraft, which are configured with 16 Delta One lie-flat seats in a 2-2 configuration, as well as 44 Comfort+ seats in a 3-3 configuration, and 108 economy seats in a 3-3 configuration.
The new routes will feature a full Delta One service, with Westin in-flight bedding for the lie-flat beds, Alessi serviceware, amenity kits by Tumi, USB and in-seat power outlets, and Sky Club access. The service will also feature priority check-in, baggage handling, security, and boarding.
No Complimentary Upgrades
By classifying these routes as Delta One service, Medallion members are ineligible for complimentary upgrades. Upgrades will come at the cost of either a Regional or Global Upgrade Certificates to enjoy the Delta One Cabin.
With the market for Premium transcon travel expanding, we're pleased to see Delta provide additional high-end service; it is just a shame that this is another route excluded from complimentary upgrades. At five to six hours each way, these are great routes to look at using those certificates — especially with the Delta One service.
Source: Rene’s Points
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