Delta is now using both “W” and “S” fare classes for its domestic Comfort+ product. The “S” class was previously used for Discount Economy tickets, causing some concern that the change would result in a reduction in Velocity points and status credits earned.
Thankfully, this does not appear to be the case. Velocity Frequent Flyer updated its website earlier this week and Delta “S” class flights now earn both Velocity points and status credits at the “Premium Economy” rate. This is exactly the same rate as “W” class. Note that this only applies to flights that are both marketed and operated by Delta.
A Virgin Australia spokeswoman confirmed that Delta Comfort+ fares in “S” class now earn 125% Velocity points for every mile flown, in line with the Premium Economy earning rate, effective 7 June 2019.
Delta Premium Select, which books into P, A or G fare class, now earns Velocity points and status credits at Premium Economy rates as well. Premium Select is Delta’s new long-haul Premium Economy product, which is available on the Sydney-Los Angeles route.
What is Delta Comfort+?
Comfort+® is Delta’s “Premium Economy” product on US domestic flights. It’s similar to Main Cabin Extra on American Airlines or Virgin Australia’s Economy X, except that it’s treated as an entirely separate cabin class. Delta even has a curtain separating the main cabin from Comfort+. The seats are the same as Economy seats, except with 3 inches of extra legroom, and Comfort+ passengers receive priority boarding, complimentary pillows and blankets, snacks & alcoholic drinks.
If you’re a Velocity Frequent Flyer member, purchasing Comfort+ seats on Delta can be a no-brainer as you’ll earn status credits at the higher Premium Economy rate. The price difference between Economy and Comfort+ is often not that high, so this can be worthwhile – especially if you’re booking a Virgin Australia status run.
Velocity Silver, Gold and Platinum members booked in the main cabin can also request free, space-available upgrades to Comfort+ on Delta domestic flights. But you’ll only earn Velocity points and status credits for the fare class that you originally booked.
Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Delta Re-purposing ‘S’ class as discount Comfort+