Bargain-Priced Business Class Air Upgrades

I used my systemwide upgrades to get a seat (and a flat bed) in Business Class on Delta Air Lines.

I recently traveled from Asheville, North Carolina, to Sydney, Australia, to join a cruise on Silver Shadow. I don’t even want to think about how many hours I spent “up in the air.” However, the jet lag hasn’t been nearly as severe as I had anticipated. Part of the reason for that is that I got a good night’s rest in Business Class on the 14-hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney.

Business Class is the way to go for such a long haul, as I recommend in Six Tips To Extract More Joy From Your Cruise. But Business Class is often too pricey to palate.

There are ways to make the cost of Business Class air more palatable. Silversea Cruises, for example, offers bargains on Business Class upgrades (economy air is included in Silversea’s fares), so be sure to check those if you’re considering a Silversea cruise.

I used Delta Air Lines’ systemwide upgrades, which the carrier distributes to its loyal Medallions (Diamond and Platinum levels) annually. There’s no additional charge for using the certificates, but the booking must be made in a higher — and pricier — category.

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5 Comments

  • Very lucky!  In 7 years as a Delta Platinum, I’ve yet to be able to use even one of my certificates!  Never get booked in Y/B/M on the international trips…sometimes it’s almost cheaper to book the Biz fare directly!

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  • Very lucky!  In 7 years as a Delta Platinum, I’ve yet to be able to use even one of my certificates!  Never get booked in Y/B/M on the international trips…sometimes it’s almost cheaper to book the Biz fare directly!

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    • It is tough to use those certificates. Last year, I managed to use five of six, four being on Air France, a Delta partner as you know. In December, my flight was canceled because of fog from Amsterdam. I was rebooked and remarkably in a class where I could use the certificate. I did not notice, however, until just before boarding but called Delta and was able to ride home up front. Lucky indeed that time!

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  • We discovered Open Skies Air operated by British Air 2 years ago when flying to Paris. The entire plane is Business class and First Class, NO economy!  They only fly to Paris and only fly out of JFK or Washington DC. The flight is under $1000 each way and is worth every penny to be treated to a fully reclined chair for the entire trip. Where ever you’re going in Europe can be reached from Paris on a different air line. Look them up online: http://www.flyopenskies.com
    Sometimes they have specials for around $700 each way.

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