Delta SkyMiles Platinum & Diamond Medallion members can select Global Upgrade Certificates (GUCs) and Regional Upgrade Certificates (RUCs) as part of the Choice Benefits program. There’s some fantastic news when it comes to these.
Delta SkyMiles upgrade certificates extended
Delta SkyMiles will be extending the expiration of all Global Upgrade Certificates and Regional Upgrade Certificates. All certificates selected between March 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020, will be extended to have an expiration of December 31, 2021.
All active upgrade certificates will be extended, and unused upgrade certificates that previously expired will be reissued by March 8, 2021, with a new expiration date. This will be done automatically, so no intervention is needed on the part of the member.
Delta upgrade availability now easier to search
In the past the only way to inquire about actual confirmable upgrade certificate availability was to call Delta. Fortunately that’s not the case anymore — Delta upgrade certificate availability for specific flights and cabin experiences can now be searched directly on delta.com.
This way you can search upgrade availability online, and then once you’ve found the space you can call Delta to book. Ideally Delta would just allow these to be used online, but it’s probably by design that it’s more complicated than that.
Will other airlines extend upgrades as well?
We saw most major airlines extend both elite status and certificates/vouchers in 2020, and there have been lots of questions about whether we’ll see more of this in 2021. Personally I think we’ll see a lot more extensions of status and upgrades than we’ve seen up until now.
I commend Delta for this move, and I’d love to see American match. While American AAdvantage extended status by a year in 2020, systemwide upgrades were only extended through July 31, 2021. Those really should be further extended through the end of the year as well, in my opinion.
Delta SkyMiles has extended upgrade certificates issued as of March 1, 2019, through at least December 31, 2021. Not only that, but Delta is now also displaying upgrades using these certificates online, which is a fantastic development.
I’m sure we’ll see more extensions along these lines in the coming months.
What do you make of Delta SkyMiles extending upgrade certificates?
(Tip of the hat to Rene’s Points)