Delta Secrets–First Class Transcontinental Domestic Upgrade To Business Elite Flat-Bed Seats - Points Miles and Martinis


Arguably the best reason to strive to attain Delta Platinum status is the complimentary upgrades to First Class. And the best type of First Class upgrade is when it is to an internationally configured Business Elite cabin on a domestic route with flat-bed seating.

It’s easy to check the plane type that will operate your flight, and this can greatly increase your chance of flying in a more comfortable seat. There is the option of flying the regular domestic first class seats or the internationally configured Business Elite seats. For Points, Miles & Martinis, the choice is easy. We always select the option with flat-bed seats when available. Thanks to Platinum status we earned the easy way, status based upgrades occur frequently.

This year I earned more than 60,000 MQMs without flying through the Delta Reserve Card from American Express and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American ExpressThese Medallion Qualifying Miles count towards status and help me get the benefits of unlimited complimentary upgrades and free award redeposit fees throughout the year. Definitely worth the effort in my experience.

Upgrades to First Class on internationally configured planes makes the effort to achieve Platinum status worthwhile. On this flight, we received a complimentary upgrade to Business Elite flat-bed seats. The best part was champagne that was served prior to departure.

Delta Business Elite on Domestic Route Champagne

Delta Business Elite On Domestic Route Lie Flat Seat

Bottom Line

Have you ever been upgraded to an internationally configured Business Class seat on a domestic route?

Delta frequently runs these types of planes on domestic routes which makes the complimentary upgrade so much more valuable. However, starting March 1, 2014, members will no longer receive transcontinental upgrades on Delta.

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  • Joey said,

    Which Delta planes have internationally configured business class seats? 757s?

  • Points, Miles & Martinis said,

    767′s and 757′s from JFK-LAX, SFO, and SEA

  • The Weekly Flyer said,

    …and the 777 or the occasional A330 and 747 when they are operated domestically.

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