Wow. I just had a waitlisted Delta Regional Upgrade actually clear into first class! This shouldn’t be worth reporting, but I think its the first time it has ever happened to me.
Delta’s Regional Upgrade certificates are available to Delta SkyMiles members as Choice Benefits once they earn Platinum Medallion Status (and can be chosen again with Diamond status). The way they work is that you book a regional economy flight and can apply these certificates (one per passenger per direction of travel) to upgrade to first class.
Sometimes regional upgrades are available at the time of booking and then you’ll be upgraded immediately after applying the certificates. More often, you get waitlisted for an upgrade. When that happens, the idea is that Delta will upgrade you anytime before the flight if upgrade space happens to open up. But that rarely ever happens. I’d previously given up on that hope at all. They’re still useful when they don’t clear, though, because they bump you to the top of the upgrade list at the airport. In most cases, I’ve flown first class when applying certificates thanks to that feature.
The exciting thing here is that my wife and I were upgraded to first class on a long flight from Detroit to Los Angeles multiple weeks before our flight. Again, that shouldn’t be exciting. That’s how these things are supposed to work. But it’s never happened to me before!
Here’s to hoping that this is a sign of things to come and not a one-off aberration…