Delta Air Lines is making it easier than ever to upgrade your flight experience with SkyMiles.
The airline announced earlier this week that it’s adding an industry-leading option to both its website and its Fly Delta app that allows passengers who’ve already booked a ticket to upgrade their seat using miles instead of cash. The website option is available now and the app option debuts early next year.
Last year, Delta added a new option that allowed passengers to upgrade after making their final purchase online using a method of payment, but the ability to do so with miles is a completely new feature.
The goal is to provide SkyMiles members with more flexibility and the ease of customizing their flight experience to fit their needs.
Miles can be used to purchase an upgrade for either your entire flying experience, or just one leg of your journey.
How to Use Miles to Upgrade on Delta
It’s really pretty simple. Log in to your Delta account, pick the seat you want (Delta Comfort Plus, First Class, Delta One or Delta Premium Select) and book.
- Log in to your Delta SkyMiles Account
- Go to My Trips on the Delta website
- Pick the seat in the seat map that you want to upgrade to
- Use your miles to pay
Do note that only flight segments operated by Delta are eligible for purchasing upgrades after booking a ticket. Additionally, upgraded tickets book into paid first- and business-class fares, so you would be eligible for the bonus MQMs that come with booking a paid first- or business-class flight. The option is eligible to all flyers in every class.
What Did the Folks at Delta Have to Say?
“Whether you’re just starting to build your SkyMiles account, or you’ve been collecting miles for years, Delta is making all of our Members’ miles more valuable by offering more ways to use them for Delta purchases, big and small,” Sandeep Dube, senior vice president of customer engagement and loyalty and CEO of Delta Vacations said in a statement. “Our ultimate goal is for SkyMiles Members to have the choice to use miles anywhere they can use cash with Delta, and to be able to make those transactions available in digital channels.”
Looking to Earn Delta SkyMiles?
Want to earn more Delta SkyMiles so you can upgrade your next flight? Consider one of Delta’s SkyMiles credit cards, or use your American Express credit card to earn miles, as Delta is a 1:1 transfer partner with American Express Membership Rewards (learn more).