Delta has made a big change that should make elite members and their traveling companions pretty happy. Previously, if you were a companion traveling with an elite member, you only could get a complimentary upgrade on a paid ticket and not on any other ticket. The good news is Delta recently changed the rules for companions flying on Miles + Cash Tickets, and the airline just made things a lot easier and much more straightforward.

Once you complete your reservation, your upgrade chances will depend on the following in sequence:

  • Medallion Status
  • Fare Class Grouping
  • Cardholders of Delta Reserve
  • Corporate Travelers *Must be a SkyMiles Medallion Member and flying on a ticket which includes the eligible employer's Corporate Ticket Designator
  • Cardholders who qualified for a Waiver by earning enough Medallion Qualification Dollars in the current calendar year
  • When the upgrade was requested

As of April 6, companions who are traveling with Medallion Members will enjoy eligibility for complimentary upgrades not just on paid tickets. Instead, traveling companions will be eligible for complimentary upgrades on Miles + Cash Tickets, Awards Tickets and even Pay with Miles Tickets.

With effect from April 6, companions who are flying with a SkyMiles Companion Certificate will also qualify for complimentary upgrades.

Sometime later in the year, Delta will introduce Premium Select, a new class of service that travelers will have access to on Delta's international long-haul routes. Unfortunately, Medallion Members won't be eligible for free upgrades to the Premium Select class.