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How to upgrade Delta companion certificate tickets

by on Mon April 10, 2017 • No Comment

No, Delta First Class isn't always this empty.

Delta now allows Medallion upgrades when you use a companion certificate from the Platinum Delta SkyMiles and Delta Reserve credit cards from American Express. That’s for both you and your companion.

So for the first time you have a shot at getting an upgrade to First Class just like you’re flying on a regular Delta ticket.

And it fixes something Delta broke when it rolled out Comfort+ upgrades. Before this change, if you used the companion certificate as a Medallion you couldn’t even get an extra legroom seat in Comfort+ because Delta treats those as upgrades.

Now, that’s not a problem, and will be handled just like any cash ticket with a companion.

There’s not much special you need to do to enable the upgrades.

Just go through the normal steps to book a companion ticket on…and you’ll see options now say they’re upgrade eligible.


On the trip details screen you’ll see a note that upgrade status will be shown when you enter both passenger’s info.


Then, when you get to the passenger info page, make sure you add the SkyMiles number of your companion in the reservation. Your companion doesn’t need to be a Medallion to be eligible for upgrades. This just activates the companion upgrade feature.


That will activate the upgrade panel, where you can choose whether you want to be made eligible for an upgrade if it becomes available.


That’s it and you’re good to go. As of last fall, companion upgrades clear with the priority of the highest level Medallion member in the reservation, so if you’re Platinum or Diamond, your companion can clear at the same time you’re used to, which means you can confirm Comfort+ shortly after booking.

And you can return to your reservation in My Trips to change your upgrade preference anytime.


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