10 Responses

  1. Andrew
    Andrew at |

    The biggest issue with Delta’s options are the lack of adequate Economy Comfort seating. Because these are elite heavy routes there are often no seats left for elites or anyone else to book within a week or so of the flight. It is an issue I have had my customers complain about on numerous occasions.

  2. mark
    mark at |

    Also, on full flights where people no show or get moved up to first from Economy Comfort…passengers with unassigned seats that end up in EC will get the benefits for free, I assume.

  3. Nic
    Nic at |

    Too bad that only few airports in the US have those levels of competition.

  4. wanderingentrepreneur
    wanderingentrepreneur at |

    Yes, there are challenges booking economy comfort seats within a week of flights, but that is to be expected. These routes are very elite heavy, and the flights are usually completely sold out. One thing to keep in mind though is that many of the EC seats are filled with Diamonds and Platinums who are hoping for upgrades. As their upgrades clear, you will see EC seats open up within 30-60 minutes of departure. I would encourage you to set up a seat alert on expertflyer.com to notify you when these seats become available. Also, if you don’t mind flying in a middle seat, those EC seats often stay vacant until the flight.

  5. Amol (@PointsToPointB)
    Amol (@PointsToPointB) at |

    As the 757s switch to 767s, there will be more EC seats.

  6. Jerry
    Jerry at |

    Can Skyteam elite plus (e.g. Flying blue gold) select EC for free?

  7. zeffer
    zeffer at |

    @WanderingAramean Are you sure about that Seth? I have no Delta status but I recently booked a trip to New Orleans and added my Flying Blue Gold number after booking. I was suddenly able to select Economy Comfort seats for free, and my booking changed from “not upgrade eligible” to “upgrade eligible” (though I’m not holding my breath on that)

  8. ptahcha
    ptahcha at |

    DL only has 16 seats on the 757 going transcon, and offers free upgrade on this route, which means there is a large number of unhappy elites. While they have a few 767 running this route, I suspect this is temporary until they converted all the sub fleet 757 to lay flat seats.

    Still, offering free drink (1) and snack (1) in EC is basically (almost) matching AA EXP benefits. (EXPs get any food item, not just snacks)