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Fare Domestic Upg. Intl. SWU/Upg.Description

A

Discounted First

NA

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

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  

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

D

Discounted Business

Discounted Business

Discounted Business Elite transoceanic and domestic (limited markets)

E

Yes*

No

Looks like this is "new" lowest coach fare and deeply discounted.*Only Medallions receive domestic upgrades on this fare.

F

First Class

NA

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

G

via SWU
Points Award

NA

First Class, Domestic upgraded via Platinum Medallion Upgrade, North American Upgrade or Upgrade Points award

H

Yes

No

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

I

Discounted Business

Discounted Business

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

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

K

Yes

No

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

L

Yes*

No

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

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

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

O

NA

Business Elite Award

Business Elite Points Award  - no mileage accrual on award tickets

P

Discounted First

NA

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

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

R

First Class Award

NA

First Class, Domestic Award - - no mileage accrual on award tickets

S

Discounted Business

Discounted Business

This fare has been noted as a new discounted business bucket. The new order of business fares is J, C, D, S, I with J being the highest fare class. This fare may also be a non-upgradeable, transoceanic or domestic - consolidator fares. Generally changeable without fee through your booking agent (e.g. tour group). These are NOT priceline fares ... they are fares purchased by a consolidator valid on any number of flights, generally international, for coach travel. May be used for SkyBonus (the company version of SkyMiles) awards.


T

Yes*

No

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.

U

Yes*

No

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

Upgrade

NA

First Class, 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.

W

premium coach

premium coach

Premium Coach TBA

X

Upgrade

NA

Business Elite Domestic & Business Mexico upgraded via Segment upgrade (the Mexico flights are domestic First Class cabins coded as "Business"). 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.

Y

Yes

Yes

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)

Z

NA

via SWU or 
Points Award

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

Color
code

Description

x

Coach

x

First / Business

Yes

Fare is Upgradeable

No

Fare is NOT Upgradeable

NA

not applicable

?

Unknown












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.

Note 1: Delta classes of service letters do NOT apply to award space on partners, these are booked in partners award ticket class of service. Here is a breakdown of SkyTeam + Alaska Airlines (aka Multi-Airline awards):
Air France - Bus (O) Econ (X)
Aero Mexico - Bus (C) (except on MEX-NRT, where it is "R")  Econ (U)
Alaska Airlines - Bus (A) Econ (W)
Avianca - Bus (A) Econ (Z)
Alitalia - Bus (Z) Econ (U)
Copa - Bus (E) Econ (G)
Continental - Bus (E) Econ (G)
China Southern - Bus (I) (P within China)  Econ (O)
Hawaiian Airlines - Bus (D) Econ (Z)
Korean Airlines - Bus (D) Econ (E)
KLM - Bus (D) Econ (W)
Kenya Airlines - Bus (D) Econ (W)
Northwest - Bus (D) (Domestically is A) Econ(W)
Czech - Bus (Z) Econ (E)
Aeroflot - Bus (O) Econ (X)
Air Europa - Bus (P) Econ (A)

Note 2: "Priceline and others 'don't-get-to-choose-the-airline' travel agents book seats into U, L, K, and Q classes. Regardless of market restrictions, these fares have the lowest possible freedoms (no upgradeability, changeability, FF eligibility, or refundability) by virtue they were purchased through one of these agents." ... This would infer that K & Q classes on Delta would NOT be upgradeable when tickets are obtained from these sources. I have no experience with these type of tickets. It is my understanding Delta does provide Skymiles for Priceline tickets and I am not familiar with any special conditions on domestic K & Q that would eliminate them from upgrade consideration - I pass along the comment just the same.

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?
If you are Gold, Platinum, or Diamond you are eligible for upgrades.  Please use the Medallion Upgrade Calculator to see your priority.

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Credits
Thanks to DLFc, Adam S., Biometrist,
Walter A., Winocas, and many other passionate frequent flyers that have helped put this together.