Delta announced third quarter earnings this week, and one stat caught my eye. Compared to the third quarter of last year, Delta had 5 percent more First Class seats flying. Incredibly, it ended up selling 56 percent of those versus only 48 percent last year. The reason, of course, is that Delta has been pricing First Class more aggressively as an upsell from coach. That’s working, but it also means there are fewer seats available for upgrades.
If you’re an elite, how do you feel about this? Do you like the ability to pay a reasonable fare for First Class and not have to worry about an upgrade clearing? Or do you think having a better chance at an upgrade is more important?