Unquestionably, however, they’ve run a better airline operation than their large US competitors in recent years. And I haven’t taken a Delta domestic flight since 2010.
It’s the end of the year. I don’t need to fly American Airlines to retain elite status (heck, I requalified for Executive Platinum back in mid-June). That makes me a free agent, and I have been for much of the second half of 2016 which is why I inadvertently earned United status this year, and I’ve mixed in some Southwest and Virgin America to boot.
For today’s trip Delta first class was about $50 more than American Airlines economy and the flight time was more convenient. So I went with Delta, because I thought it would be a more interesting experience.
I’m checked in for my flight. They were asking for volunteers, but I need to make it where I’m going and there’s not a good later option with Delta to do that so I declined.
I know to expect a little less legroom than I’m used to in legacy American Airlines first class. And I’m told there’s signage in the overhead bins reserving them for first class passengers. I’ll be watching to see if that’s adhered to.
But since other than a Sydney – Los Angeles business class award flight last year after embarrassingly missing my Virgin Australia flight, I haven’t been on Delta since back when I status matched to Northwest Platinum (because that option would go away when Northwest went away) and was burning through several thousand dollars worth of credits from Citi’s ThankYou Rewards program from back when you could earn a 36% return on gas and grocery spend.
There’s no Sky Club in Austin to use before departure, but I can still use American’s club. Are there things I should look out for though, or pay attention to, to get the most out of understanding the Delta experience? I realize I won’t get a full understanding out of just one trip. But I’m strangely excited.
Now that airlines are telling us we should buy exactly the product we want, and they’re less rewarding for choosing an airline consistently over the course of a year (and even spending more sometimes to do it), I figure I should be taking them literally. So I’m not so concerned that SkyMiles is less rewarding than competitors, those competitors have gotten less valuable too and most points aren’t even earned from flying.
I’m just curious to see how they’re different. What should I know?