Delta expands domestic Delta One Service & Upgrades

This morning, Delta announced they will be upgrading domestic First Class service on several routes to Delta One. The upgrades will include lie flat business class seats and upgraded service. While Delta already offers domestic Delta One service on several routes including JFK to Los Angeles & San Francisco, Boston to San Francisco, and Washington-Reagan to Los Angeles, the new routes will also benefit leisure travelers to Hawaii. There are also positive changes as far as complimentary elite upgrades are concerned.

 

Delta is launching its Delta One experience, starting April 1, 2018, with select flights between the following markets:

  • Atlanta and Honolulu
  • Minneapolis and Honolulu
  • Boston and Los Angeles
  • New York-JFK and San Diego, Seattle
  • New York-JFK and Las Vegas (starting May 1, 2018)

 

Many of you are probably asking yourself how will this be any different than domestic First Class? Here are the benefits of Delta One:

  • 180-degree flat-bed seats, featuring Westin Heavenly In-Flight bedding
  • A refined dining experience including chef-curated menus served on Alessi serviceware and seasonally rotating wines selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson
  • In-seat power and USB outlets, seat-back entertainment screens with free entertainmentnoise-canceling LSTN headsets and a TUMI amenity kit with Kiehl’s Since 1851 products
  • Complimentary Delta Sky Club access on day of flight
  • Sky Priority check-in, security, and baggage handling and Premium Boarding
  • In Los Angeles, Delta One customers continue to have access to the exclusive Delta ONE at LAX check-in

 

Delta A330 lie flat seat

 

Delta One vs. First Class Configuration by Route

Route

Total Flights Flights with Delta One

configuration

Flights with First Class
configuration

BOS-LAX 3 2 1
LAX-BOS 3 2 1
JFK-SEA 4 2 2
SEA-JFK 4 2 2
JFK-SAN 3 1 2
SAN-JFK 3 1 2
ATL-HNL 1 1 0
HNL-ATL 1 1 0
MSP-HNL 1 1 0
HNL-MSP 1 1 0
JFK-LAS 5 1 4
LAS-JFK 5 1 4

 

Complimentary Delta One Upgrades 

The expansion of domestic Delta One comes with a bonus; Starting April 1, 2018, Delta SkyMiles Medallion Members will be eligible for unlimited day-of-departure Complimentary Upgrades to the Delta One cabin on all domestic flights, including Hawaii. This is a great change for those of us heading on those long flights to Honolulu.

The domestic Delta One upgrade process will be similar to Delta’s domestic First Class process, except upgrades will be awarded a few hours before your flight, instead of days ahead of time.

 

Medallion Members will be eligible for Complimentary Upgrades in:

  • All U.S. 50 Delta One cabins on the day of departure
  • All First Class cabins worldwide (beginning up to 120 hours/5 days prior to departure depending on Medallion Tier)
  • All Delta Comfort+ seats worldwide (beginning at booking a ticket depending on Medallion Tier)
  • Diamond and Platinum Medallion Members may also use Regional Upgrade Certificates on any flight that is eligible for Complimentary Upgrades, including all First Class and U.S. 50 Delta One flights. These certificates are available through Delta SkyMiles’ industry-exclusive Choice Benefits program.

 

Mrs. TT enjoying an upgrade to a lie-flat seat on a recent flight

 

Bottom Line

If you plan to fly one of the new Delta One routes starting in April, you’ll want to make sure that is truly the Delta One experience versus regular first class. Only select flights will offer the new Delta One service. A quick search on Delta.com, does not flag the new flights as Delta One just yet, but I imagine they will be upgrading their reservation system shortly. Until then it’s smart to plan your future trips with the new routes in mind, and then book them (or plan your upgrades) once they are identified as Delta One. The changes from domestic First Class to Delta One will be worth the extra planning.

 

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