Delta Airlines (DL)





Delta Airlines Fare Chart


Columns are sortable. Effective for flights after 3/20/2013.
Fare Domestic Upg. Intl. SWU/Upg. Published Fare Miles Published Fare MQM Unpublished Miles* Unpublished
MQM*
Pecking Order Description

A

Discounted First

NA

150% 0% 150% 100% 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

150% 150% 100% 100% 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  

150% 150% 150% 100% 2

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

D

Discounted Business

Discounted Business

150% 0% 150% 100% 3

Discounted Business Elite transoceanic and domestic (limited markets)

E

Yes*

No

100% 100% 25% 25% 17

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

F

First Class

NA

150% 200% 150% 100% 1

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

150% 150% 150% 100% 4

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

H

Yes

No

100% 100% 75% 75% 9

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

I

Discounted Business

Discounted Business

150% 0% 150% 100% 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

150% 200% 150% 100% 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

100% 100% 50% 50% 11

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

L

Yes*

No

100% 100% 50% 50% 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

150% 100% 100% 100% 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 N/A N/A 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 N/A N/A NA

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

P

Discounted First

NA

150% 0% 150% 100% 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

100% 100% 50% 50% 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

Upgrade

NA

N/A N/A N/A N/A 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.

S

Yes*

No

100% 100% 75% 75% 8

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


T

Yes*

No

100% 100% 25% 25% 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.

U

Yes*

No

100% 100% 25% 25% 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

100% 100% 25% 25% 16

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


W

Coach

coach

150% 150% 100% 100% NA

W class available only on flights operated by Air France and Virgin Australia.

X

Yes*

No

100% 100% 25% 25% 15

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

Y

Yes*

Yes

150% 150% 100% 100% 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

NA

Business Upgrade

150% 150% 150% 100% 5

Business Elite upgrade. You will accrue Miles and MQMs based on your original ticketed fare. Must be booked in a valid fare for a Z upgrade. Y, B, or .


Color
code

Description

x

Coach

x

First / Business

Yes

Fare is Upgradeable

No

Fare is NOT Upgradeable

NA

Not Applicable

?

Unknown



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?
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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