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Delta Adds More Comfort to Transcontinental Economy Comfort

by on June 4, 2014 · 24 comments

in Delta Air Lines

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Delta announced today that their Economy Comfort product on all premium transcontinental routes (JFK to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle) will enjoy new benefits that will hopefully take the sting out of turning right upon boarding the plane. In addition to the existing perks of 50% more recline and leg room, priority boarding and free beer, wine and spirits, as of today June 4 Economy Comfort passengers will also receive the following:

  • Complimentary pillows, blankets and food options
  • Sleep kit, including eye shades and ear plugs
  • Complimentary Luvo snack wraps and a full-size bottle of water for all flights and Luvo frozen yogurt bars as a mid-flight snack on most flights except those flights leaving the West Coast after 9 p.m.
One of their new mid-flight frozen yogurt bar snacks.. looks good!

One of their new mid-flight frozen yogurt bar snacks.. looks good!

It’s nice to know that Delta is not just improving BusinessElite (which should be all lie-flat beds on all transcontinental routes by summer 2015), but also the economy experience as well. This is  great news for Medallions who recently got complimentary transcontinental upgrades taken away as a Medallion benefit. However, Gold Medallions and higher get free Economy Comfort on these transcontinetnal flights (as those who purchase Y,B and M fare classes. Silver Medallions get 50% off or free if still available at check-in).

Luvo grilled chicken wrap

Luvo grilled chicken wrap

Partner airline elites can also snag these seats for free or at discounted prices. Flying Blue Platinum and Gold, SkyTeam Elite Plus and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold all get transcontinental Economy Comfort for free. Flying Blue Silver, SkyTeam Elite and Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum get 50% off.

Medallion Benefits at a glance

Medallion Benefits at a glance

Partner airline elites can also snag these seats for free or at discounted prices. Flying Blue Platinum and Gold, SkyTeam Elite Plus and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold all get transcontinental Economy Comfort for free. Flying Blue Silver, SkyTeam Elite and Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum get 50% off.

It’s been a couple years since I’ve flown Economy Comfort and I remember feeling “Eh, it’s better than regular economy, but the difference isn’t that substantial”. What are your thoughts on Economy Comfort?

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  • Jake from MSP

    I wonder if the pillows are the same as regular domestic F… My guess is yes, in which case I wouldn’t get too excited

  • thepointsguy

    How awesome would it be if they were businesselite Westin heavenly bed and pillow?!

  • andrew10412

    i personally don’t feel that there is that big of a difference on DL.

    You can really feel it on UA/AA in my opinion

  • Allen

    Probably just a red brick with a pillow case on it.

  • urifintzy

    Economy comfort is a joke in the U.S., a few inches here and there but no other benefits (kudos to Delta for the free booze). Having flown economy comfort in Turkish Airlines, which is better than domestic U.S. business, and with the product offered by Air France, Virgin, British, Lufthansa and now competitor Air Canada, the U.S. carriers should start treating the non-business passenger as more than a person taking a bus.

  • RRS

    I’m on the JFK-SFO back and forth every week! any idea when the changes kick in?

  • Chrissy

    I’m hoping that AA starts matching this with their Main Cabin Extra product. I just tweeted them about it. They should at least provide beer/wine on cross country and maybe some snack.

  • Jumus

    I have to give it to Delta for the Westin comforter and pillow, before I had experienced the product I just thought it was another marketing gimmick, I fly a few times a year BKK to LAX and back using Delta and to be in the quiet upper level Business Class cabin with that bedding was very nice indeed!! I tried Korean Air A380 last time around, huge cabin yes, nice bar area but the pillow and blanket were economy level at best.

  • heather @ pass the dressing

    I haven’t taken the TCON in a bit, so pardon my ignorance. With upgrades going the way of the dodo bird, are we still seeing overcrowding in EC? As a DL Gold, I rarely secured that upgrade. Now with everyone forced to the back, are EC seats becoming harder and harder to secure the further down the medallion line we go?

  • Todd

    read the article again and you will find out!!! (hint: it’s in the first paragraph!)

  • Jim P

    Still doesn’t make up for the loss of BE upgrades. I’m switching my business to American and United, I suggest you do the same….

  • shay peleg

    This is not fair i always fly business or first so i don’t get to enjoy this improved product!

  • REL

    United also doesn’t upgrade for trans con without using a Regional upgrade.

  • K2

    #firstworldproblems

  • allstar

    full size bottle of water? wierd thing to mention. all drinks are free/unlimited for EC anyways…

  • Allan Klein

    This is becoming the norm with Delta. Take something away from the elites and then give them a little bit back to make them forget about what they did in the first place.

  • Taylor

    Glad ATL to LAX isn’t considered transcontinental (still get upgraded), but curious why it isn’t?

  • http://redmonk.com/dberkholz Donnie Berkholz

    I actually got the Luvo wrap and water on a SFO-JFK transcon back on May 5, so seems like it was a soft launch.

  • http://www.comediandan.com/ Dan Nainan

    Hahahahahahahahaha!

  • http://www.comediandan.com/ Dan Nainan

    Big whoop dee doo. A popsicle doesn’t take away from the sting of having our upgrades taken away for JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO. Delta is trying to mollify us, probably because they know we are outraged, but it’ll be a cold day in hell before I step on those flights. Thank goodness AA still upgrades me JFK-LAX.

  • Liz

    Why aren’t they giving these perks to international flights?

  • Lucky

    Agreed! And of course they’ll take these benefits away soon enough….

  • http://www.comediandan.com/ Dan Nainan

    My fix for not being upgraded by Delta on JFK-LAX nonstops is to fly LGA-ATL-LAX. Because of the Q70 bus, I can get from my place in Chelsea to LGA in less than one hour. I then hop the 777-200LR from ATL-LAX with the flat bed pods. and it’s divine.

  • Optimum

    I have been flying in Economy Comfort and have not gotten a full size bottle of water, only a very small one. Needless to say, I am outraged and plan to seek an Executive Order to address this.

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