Delta Airlines has unveiled a new set of seating classifications and a new seat design for first class as well. The new classifications will take effect March 1, while the seats will be installed through the first half of 2015.
At that point, Delta’s BusinessElite will be renamed Delta One and will be in place on long-haul international routes, as well as travel from New York’s JFK to LAX or San Francisco.
The First Class cabin doesn’t change much, although you can see the new seat covers. Economy Comfort becomes Delta Comfort+ and adds improved amenities. That includes priority boarding, space set aside in overhead bins, complimentary beer, wine and spirits and the new seat covers as well.
Also, as Delta notes: “On March 1, 2015, Gold and Silver Medallion members will continue to enjoy complimentary upgrade eligibility to First Class as well as complimentary access to Delta Comfort+ seats starting 72 hours and 24 hours prior to departure, respectively.” This is a change for Gold Medallion members, who used to have that availability when booking.
The Main Cabin is the same as travelers would be accustomed to, while Basic Economy is a fare option you might see more often, depending on how you book and where. Delta is now offering these fares in about two dozen markets.
For the business traveler, it’s important to remember that the Basic Economy fare is quite restrictive. The ticket cannot be refunded or exchanged, regardless of a traveler’s status, and seat assignments will be made automatically by the airline upon check-in. These restrictions may make Basic Economy unsuitable for your business travel needs.
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