Delta Mileage Upgrade Awards Available on Aeromexico

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Delta has announced that Mileage Upgrade awards are now available on Aeromexico flights. This move further deepens the partnership between Delta and Aeromexico, which comes as no surprise really since Delta already owns 49% of Aeromexico. Unfortunately, as with everything Delta, the devil is always in the detail with this enhancement.

Key Changes

Per the new Delta T&C’s:

  • Mileage Upgrade awards on Aeromexico are only available on flights marketed by Delta Air Lines and operated by Aeromexico for travel between the United States and Mexico
  • Mileage Upgrade awards for a domestic Mexico flight are available only if the ticket is booked for a Delta-marketed/Aeromexico-operated flight
  • Aeromexico upgrades are available on Delta’s published fares on Y, B, M, H, Q, K, L, U or T class

What the new changes mean is that upgrades are only available for trips that originate in the US, and are Delta codeshare. Domestic upgrades within Mexico are only available on flights when the trip originates in the US and is booked on a Delta codeshare.

Our Take

Extending upgrades to mileage awards is a logical step. Delta Medallion members already enjoy complimentary upgrades on intra-Mexico flights as well as Aeromexico flights between Mexico and the U.S., Central America, Caribbean, Colombia and Ecuador, and a host of other benefits including free checked bags, complimentary lounge access, and priority boarding. In addition, Platinum and Diamond members can use their Delta global and regional upgrades with Aeromexico. Ultimately today’s news is just a sign of deepening partnership, which begs the question, what will come next in the Delta-Aeromexico relationship?

Source: View From The Wing

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    Although I’m not a fan of upgrades at the airport (I’d rather just get the ticket in business class at the outset.) this is an interesting idea. Flying to South America in Coach only appeals to me if I can break the trip into shorter flights. Flying via Mexico City would make this possible. If there’s a possibility of an upgrade, then even bette! Thanks for the info!

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    quite interesting.

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    Very interesting!

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    Aeromexico has recently had some great deals in business

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    The codeshare requirement is indeed a bummer, but again, only *A has a limited intra-alliance upgrade award system that is half consistent, the other alliances are even more lacking in this regard…

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    This is very, very interesting. I wonder if Delta is going to fully purchase Aeromexico in the coming years. Does anyone have any info on this? Thanks.

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    Interesting. I never knew you could do an upgrade with miles for another airline outside of the airline that holds the loyalty program .