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Delta has introduced a new option to upgrade existing reservations on its website. The upgrades can be purchased using cash or SkyMiles for any flight segment operated by Delta Airlines.
You can now purchase any of the following upgrades using either miles or cash, regardless of how your initial ticket was purchased:
- Delta Comfort+
- First Class
- Delta Premium Select
- Delta One
The process is relatively straightforward: Log in to your Delta account, select the seat you would like from the seat map, and pay with cash or SkyMiles.
You can access any Delta reservation using your six-character record locator and the passenger's last name.
One bonus from this new feature is that the upgrades book into revenue fare classes. This means that you will earn the additional MQMs associated with that fare bucket even if you have used SkyMiles to pay for your upgrade.
Historically, when hearing news about Delta SkyMiles, members would brace themselves for another devaluation. So it comes as a nice surprise that the news is positive this time around.
This change offers a new way to use Skymiles, without any obvious negative consequences. Delta has made it easy to take advantage of the feature online, so this is a nice win for those with Skymiles or Amex Membership Rewards. Things look even better when you consider that the upgraded tickets will also earn MQMs associated with the higher class of travel, even if you pay for your upgrade with miles.
Source: Points Miles And Martinis
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