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Delta has announced a positive change for its top elite members, and will be increasing the flexibility of upgrade certificates. Now, Delta Diamond Medallions and Platinum Medallions may use their upgrade certificates on Pay with Miles tickets and SkyMiles Companion Certificates. Before, upgrade certificates were only available for use on regular paid tickets.

Delta announced the change Monday, and implemented it immediately. Upgrade certificates are available as one of Delta’s Choice Benefits, which allows Delta elites to choose from a handful of benefits once they attain Platinum or Diamond status.

Unfortunately, you still can’t use upgrade certificates on award flights, but Pay with Miles allows you to use SkyMiles at the rate of 1 cent per dollar to cover the cost of the ticket. SkyMiles Companion Certificates are available through two of  Delta’s Amex cards, the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express.

The airline is also allowing upgrade certificates to be used on companions, without having to use one on yourself. Here are the details on how changes work, according to Delta:

“Additionally, Certificate owners can now use an Upgrade Certificate on a companion without having to use one for themselves. So when two SkyMiles Members (one of which has Upgrade Certificates in their account) are traveling together on the same flight—whether in the same reservation or a linked reservation—an Upgrade Certificate can now be used for just one Member*. For example:

Previously, if a Member was flying to Europe for business in Delta One, and had a companion traveling on the same flight, he/she would not have been able to use an Upgrade Certificate to upgrade the companion to Delta One.

Now, in the same scenario, the Member will be able to use one Upgrade Certificate to upgrade his/her companion to Delta One as long as the companion is a SkyMiles Member.”

American and United already offer the ability to use upgrades for other travelers, even if the passenger wasn’t traveling with the holder of the upgrades.

H/T: René’s Points

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