How’s it going to work? Those flying in Delta’s luxury cabin, Delta One, on select international and transcontinental flights will board first -- after pre-boarders, that is -- in their own Delta One boarding group. First class and premium select passengers in the premium select boarding group will go second.
In a move that’s sure to ruffle some feathers, Delta has created a separate boarding group for travelers who pay extra or get upgraded to Delta’s Comfort Plus seats at the front of the main cabin. Comfy seats, extra leg room, dedicated overhead bin space and complimentary drinks? Money talks, people. While this change is likely to be viewed as controversial, it’s been tried and tested with great success, according to the carrier.
Frequent fliers in the Sky Priority boarding group (Platinum and Gold Medallion Members) will board fourth with main cabin passengers following after. Those flying in the main cabin will see Main Cabin 1, 2, or 3 printed on their boarding pass. Frequent fliers in the airline’s lowest tier and certain credit card holders will be lumped into the Main Cabin 1 group.
Last, but certainly not least, to board will be those travelers who purchased Delta’s cheapest airline tickets in the new basic economy boarding group. This group will still be allowed one free carry-on bag, though they may be asked to check it at the gate if overhead bin space fills up.
Delta’s brand new boarding system launches January 23, 2019, whether you like it or not.