Delta Airlines (DL)

Delta Airlines Fare Chart


Columns are sortable. Effective for flights after JAN 2016.
Fare Domestic Upg. Intl. SWU/Upg. Miles Earned per USD Spent MQMs EarnedMQDs Earned? Pecking Order Description

A

Discounted First

NA

Yes see chart below 150% Yes 3

Discounted Domestic First class. A class of service are commonly HUP, YUP, and QUP fares basis, making this fare technically an "upgraded" fare. Why is this important to note? Let's say you get rerouted, or there is a schedule change and you are booked in a flight where no more First class fares are available. You would not be eligible for compensation or partial refund as getting into First class on this fare is contingent on the space being available when booked. It is technically a coach fare. This makes it relatively important to book yourself a seat assignment when traveling in A.

B

Yes

Yes

Yes see chart below 150% Yes 6

Coach, Upgradeable transoceanic & domestic (also eligible for D511 mileage award domestic upgrade) If using miles, it's 12,500 Skymiles each way.

C

NA

Business Elite  

Yes see chart below 150% Yes 2

Business Elite Latin America (domestic first class seat, Business Elite service)

D

Discounted Business

Discounted Business

Yes see chart below 150% Yes 3

Discounted Business Elite transoceanic and domestic (limited markets)

E

No

No

Yes see chart below 100% Yes 17

Medallion members will not receive paid or Complimentary Upgrades to first class, paid or complimentary Preferred Seats, or paid, or complimentary Delta Comfort+™ when flying on a Basic Economy fare. When you purchase Basic Economy, you will typically enjoy our lowest fare, but seats will be assigned after check-in and you will not be able to change or refund your ticket after the Risk Free Cancellation period. Additionally, you will not be eligible for: paid or complimentary upgrades; paid, complimentary or discounted Delta Comfort+™; paid or complimentary Preferred Seats; or same-day confirmed or same-day standby travel changes, regardless of Medallion or other elite status.

F

First Class

NA

Yes see chart below 200% Yes 1

First Class Full fare - also used when involuntary rerouting any fare class passenger in First due to bumps, irregular ops, etc.

G

First Class

NA

Yes see chart below 150% Yes 4

First Class, Domestic upgraded via Platinum Medallion Upgrade, North American Upgrade or Upgrade Points award. The fare basis code for these usually seems to start with X or T, but the booking class remains G or Z, so in essence pretty well what used to be called "Q-up" fares.

H

Yes

No

Yes see chart below 100% Yes 9

Non-upgradeable transoceanic, UPGRADEABLE domestic (no mileage award upgrades)

I

Discounted Business

Discounted Business

Yes see chart below 150% Yes 4

Published deeply discounted and/or promotional business class fare, also non published promotional or convention fare in business class. How to find Business Elite "I" fares.

J

NA

Business Elite Fare

Yes see chart below 200% Yes 1

Business Elite transoceanic full fare  - also used when rerouting any fare class passenger in BE due to bumps, irregular ops, etc.

K

Yes

No

Yes see chart below 100% Yes 11

Non-upgradeable transoceanic, UPGRADEABLE domestic. If using miles it's 12,500 SkyMiles each way.

L

Yes*

No

Yes see chart below 100% Yes 12

Transoceanic or domestic (deep discounted fare) Award mileage cannot be used to upgrade this class of service. *Only Medallions receive domestic upgrades on this fare.

M

Yes

Yes

Yes see chart below 100% Yes 7

Upgradeable, transoceanic & domestic (also eligible for D511 mileage award domestic upgrade). If using miles it's 12,500 Skymiles each way

N

See Notes

No

N/A N/A No NA

Coach Points Award - non-upgradeable - no mileage accrual on award tickets. Upgradeable for Diamond, Platinum, or Gold ONLY

O

NA

via SWU or 
Points Award

N/A N/A No NA

Business Elite, transoceanic and domestic when upgraded via System Wide Upgrade or Points award

P

Discounted First

NA

Yes see chart below 150% Yes 2

P fare is a Y fare with an instant upgrade. Y-UP passengers (A and P fares) are re-accommodated as first class passengers. If F is not available you can sit in coach and get compensated with a Delta travel voucher.

Q

Yes*

No

Yes see chart below 100% Yes 10

Non-upgradeable transoceanic, UPGRADEABLE domestic.  If using miles it's 12,500 SkyMiles each way. *Only Medallions receive domestic upgrades on this fare.

R

Booked Award

NA

N/A N/A No NA

First Class booked award, Domestic upgraded via Medallion upgrade.  Miles and bonus miles are given based on your original class of service and Medallion status. See the Skymiles Calculator to figure out your actual earned mileage.

S

Yes*

No

Yes see chart below 100% Yes 8

Discounted Coach. *Only Medallions receive domestic upgrades on this fare.


T

Yes*

No

Yes see chart below 100% Yes 14

Transoceanic or domestic  New lowest fare typically for fare matching competitors. Award mileage cannot be used to upgrade this class of service. *Only Medallions receive domestic upgrades on this fare. Note: "I’m Diamond on Delta a booked a T fare by using a SkyBonus main cabin domestic certificate. However, I found out that the T fare is not upgradeable when booked via this certificate. I’m not sure if it would be upgradeable if using a SkyMiles certificate. "

U

Yes*

No

Yes see chart below 100% Yes 13

Coach (discount web fare. domestic and appears to be international too. see note 2). Award mileage cannot be used to upgrade this class of service. *Only Medallions receive domestic upgrades on this fare.

V

Yes*

No

Yes see chart below 100% Yes 16

Discounted Coach *Only Medallions receive domestic upgrades on this fare.


W

Premium

coach

Yes see chart below 150% Yes NA

Premium Economy only available on flights operated by Air France, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.

W+

Comfort+

coach

Yes see chart below 100% Yes NA

The fare seems to based on whatever the lowest available "Main Cabin" booking class is (ie V, X, Q, etc...) and the fare basis code will show what the fare basis is. This is much like what were previously called Q-up fares which booked in "A" previously, except that it is for Comfort Plus, not first. Even award tickets for Comfort Plus will show W, but is obviously based on N.

X

Yes*

No

Yes see chart below 100% Yes 15

Discounted Coach. *Only Medallions receive domestic upgrades on this fare.

Y

Yes*

Yes

Yes see chart below 150% Yes 6

Full Fare coach, Upgradeable transoceanic & domestic (eligible for D411 mileage award domestic upgrade) - also used when involuntary rerouting any fare class passenger due to bumps, irregular ops, etc. which could allow an originally non-upgradeable domestic fare to be upgraded after the reclassification (if you are lucky enough to find available inventory under these conditions) Domestic flights only. International IRROPS and Y will most likely not allow you to upgrade to Business using Skymiles

Z

Discounted Business

Discounted Business

Yes see chart below 150% Yes 5

Business class fare. The fare basis code for these usually seems to start with X or T, but the booking class remains G or Z, so in essence pretty well what used to be called "Q-up" fares.


Color
code

Description

x

Coach

x

First / Business

Yes

Fare is Upgradeable

No

Fare is NOT Upgradeable

NA

Not Applicable

?

Unknown

Miles Earned per USD Spent

General Member: 5 miles per USD

Silver Medallion: 7 miles per USD

Gold Medallion: 8 miles per USD

Platinum Medallion: 9 miles per USD

Diamond Medallion: 11 miles per USD



More Information / The fine print...

No attempt is made to indicate fare rules like minimum stays, Saturday night requirements, advance purchase rules, etc. You will find that these will vary within a primary class. Class codes like Y06 for example, indicate a Y class fare but some special conditions exist (indicated by the suffix 06). Still, the upgrade rules for Y class apply.

Medallion Upgrade Order Priority

View your upgrade priority based on your Skymiles status and fare class.  Medallion Upgrade Priority Calculator

When does your Medallion Status update?

Delta is now processing members to elite status the night immediately following the flight that makes the member elgible for medallion status - no more weekend waits!

If I use "Pay with miles" will I be able to receive upgrades or accrued miles?
Tickets purchased with full or partial Pay with Miles redemptions are not eligible for mileage upgrades, Systemwide Upgrades, Global Upgrades or Regional Upgrades. Basic Economy (E) fares are not eligible for paid or Medallion Complimentary Upgrades, regardless of Medallion or other elite status.

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