Delta SkyMiles Platinum & Diamond Medallion members can select Global Upgrade Certificates (GUCs) and Regional Upgrade Certificates (RUCs) under the Choice Benefits program. There is some fantastic news when it comes to this.
Delta SkyMiles upgrade certificates extended
Delta SkyMiles extends the expiration of all global upgrade certificates and regional upgrade certificates. All certificates selected between March 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020 will be renewed until December 31, 2021.
All active upgrade certificates are extended and unused upgrade certificates that have previously expired will be reissued until March 8, 2021 with a new expiration date. This is done automatically so that the member does not have to intervene.
Delta upgrade availability is now easier to locate
In the past, the only way to find out the actual availability of the Verifiable Upgrade Certificate was to call Delta. Fortunately, this is no longer the case – the availability of Delta Upgrade Certificates for specific flights and cabin experiences can now be searched directly on delta.com.
This allows you to check for upgrades availability online and then, once you’ve found the seat, call Delta to book. Ideally, Delta would only allow these to be used online, but it is likely intended to be more complicated.
Will other airlines also extend upgrades?
We saw most major airlines expand both elite status and certificates / coupons in 2020, and there have been many questions about whether we’ll see more of them in 2021. Personally, I think we’ll see a lot more status updates and upgrades than we’ve seen before.
I recommend Delta for this step and I would love to see an American match. While American AAdvantage extended its status for a year in 2020, system-wide upgrades were only extended to July 31, 2021 in my opinion. In my opinion, these should be extended further until the end of the year.
Delta SkyMiles has extended the upgrade certificates issued on March 1, 2019 until at least December 31, 2021. In addition, Delta now also shows upgrades with these certificates online. This is a fantastic development.
I am sure that we will see further expansions in this direction in the coming months.
What do you think of Delta SkyMiles Extending Upgrade Certificates?
(Tip of the hat to Rene’s points)