Beginning today, April 6, Delta companion travel has become more attractive for Delta elite members and their companions. Companion certificates previously were not upgradeable either to Comfort+ or to First Class, but they are now eligible for for Medallion upgrades based on the status of the higher-tiered member. Similarly, companions traveling with elite members “will be eligible for Complimentary Upgrades not only on paid tickets but Award Tickets, Miles + Cash tickets, and Pay with Miles tickets.” Details about these changes can be found here under the heading “More Complimentary Upgrades for Companions”.
Both the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card and the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express offer a free companion certificate each year upon renewal (see this post for full details). One of the things that I previously hated about the certificates is that if you booked economy, both travelers were ineligible for upgrades to Comfort+ or to First Class, regardless of their elite status. That has finally changed and, for me, has made these certificates considerably more valuable. Unfortunately, you still cannot apply regional or global upgrade certificates, nor can you use miles to upgrade.
Award tickets on flights eligible for complimentary Medallion upgrades have also become more valuable when flying with companions at different levels of elite status. Elite members were already eligible for upgrades on award tickets, but now their companions are eligible for upgrades too.
In my opinion, both changes are very nice additions to Delta’s already solid elite program.
Hat Tip: IAD Gr8
— IAD Gr8 (@IadisGr8) April 6, 2017