If you’ve bought Delta fares or walked down the aisle of a Delta plane, you’ve probably seen the seats a few rows back. They’re not first class, but it’s not economy, either. It’s called Delta Comfort Plus. But what is it, and what do you get with Delta Comfort Plus tickets?
When you think Delta Comfort Plus, think “extra legroom.” These seats are a slight step above Delta economy seats thanks to a few extra inches of room to stretch your legs – plus, you get a few extra perks like priority boarding, dedicated overhead bin space, and free snacks and drinks. Delta marks these seats with red around the headrests and the “Comfort +” branding.
Almost every airline offers some extra legroom seating option on their planes, but few have gone as far as Delta – especially in offering them on more and more long-haul international flights. Sure, it’s an upgrade over the standard economy seats a few rows back … but how much of an upgrade? And whether you’re paying more or getting moved up for free, is it worth it?
Read our Delta Comfort Plus review for everything you need to know about Delta Comfort Plus perks, how to upgrade, and what kind of amenities you get on Delta Comfort Plus fares.
Delta Comfort Plus is a fare class on Delta flights that gives travelers a seat with slightly more legroom and some other perks.
On most domestic flights, Comfort Plus seats are sandwiched between the regular economy rows and the first class cabin. On long-haul routes, Delta has a Premium Select cabin with slightly larger and more comfortable seats. On those flights, Comfort Plus is between that cabin and the economy section.
Exactly how much extra legroom you get in these seats varies from plane to plane. But in most cases, you can expect an additional 2 inches to 4 inches of space to stretch your legs compared to standard economy seats.
You can purchase Delta Comfort + tickets on their own when you purchase your fare on Delta’s website.
Comfort Plus fares are available at checkout, as shown on this search from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Las Vegas (LAS) fares this September.
You can also purchase a Main Cabin fare and upgrade to Comfort Plus if there are seats available. Comfort Plus fares can be upgraded from Main Cabin for as little as $10 on some short-hop Delta routes … but could cost you hundreds of dollars on others.
Loyal Delta flyers who have earned Medallion Status can get upgraded to Comfort Plus for free. Delta Diamond and Platinum members are regularly upgraded to Comfort Plus seats immediately after booking. For the rest, your odds of getting upgraded to the extra legroom seats depends on your level of status and the route.
When you pit Delta Comfort vs Main Cabin fares, what do you get in each?
When you purchase a Main Cabin or Basic Economy ticket, you are seated behind the first class and Comfort Plus sections in one of the many rows reaching all the way to the back of the plane.
But Delta Comfort Plus benefits include at least 34 inches of legroom, compared to just 31 or 32 inches of legroom in most economy seats on Delta planes.
A tiny feature I love in Comfort Plus is the small front pocket on the seatback pocket. It’s a very little thing, I know, but having a place to place your phone, wallet, or headphones inflight is convenient.
But when it comes to legroom, Delta Comfort Plus isn’t always a step above what you can get in economy. On some planes, you’ll get even more legroom in what Delta calls its “Preferred Seats” in economy – especially exit rows. You typically have to pay extra for these seat assignments unless you have Delta Medallion Status – then you can select them for free.
On long-haul international flights, Comfort Plus travelers also get a pillow, blanket, earbuds, and an amenity kit for the journey. In economy, comfort can be hard to find, but it’s a little easier with Comfort Plus Delta fares. Just how much easier likely depends on how tall you are.
Unless you have a Delta SkyMiles American Express card that lets you board early, your boarding group will depend on your fare class and where you are seated on the plane. In Comfort Plus, however, you get to board after the first class cabin and before anyone in Main Cabin, giving you some extra time to find your seat.
Comfort+ Delta passengers have dedicated overhead baggage space in their section, meaning there is more likely to be room for your carry-on once onboard.
Comfort Plus passengers also get access to extra snacks like bags of chips and granola bars. In the economy cabin, normally only trail mix, pretzels, or cookies are available to passengers.
No matter where you’re flying, free alcoholic drinks are one of the most valuable perks of sitting in Comfort Plus, which is not something that is afforded to economy passengers on domestic Delta flights. Free beer and wine are available to Comfort Plus passengers on flights over 250 miles and free spirits are available for flights over 500 miles.
Make no mistake: Delta Comfort Plus is not anything close to Delta First Class.
Delta Comfort Plus is much closer to what you’ll find in economy than what you’ll find in the front of the plane. First Class passengers get priority check-in, priority boarding, a much, much comfier and roomier seat, and the best service on the plane. Comfort Plus is only a slight upgrade from economy in terms of legroom and service.
Delta First Class seats on domestic flights are wider recliner seats with up to 40 inches of legroom in most cases. Delta One suites on international flights are even more luxurious with lie-flat beds, doors that close for additional privacy, storage space, high-quality chef-curated meals, and more.
On First Class flights around the U.S. and closer to home, passengers also receive hot meals, larger seatback screens, and service from a flight attendant solely dedicated to the first class cabin.
The Comfort Plus cabin does not receive special status like SkyPriority check-in or boarding and the seats aren’t nearly as wide or as plush as the first class cabin.
Delta Comfort Plus seats come with some special perks that may or may not make it worth the upgrade for you.
Comfort Plus passengers get to board the plane after the First Class cabin, but before everyone else for all Delta flights. This gives travelers a first crack at the overhead bins and a little extra time to get settled in before their journey.
Delta Comfort seats have three inches more legroom than the regular economy seats behind them do.
At 34 inches, you can stretch your legs even with a bag under the seat in front of you in Comfort Plus. It doesn’t seem like much, but those three inches can make a difference, especially on longer flights or if you’re taller.
If you are concerned about finding a spot for your carry-on bag, Comfort Plus passengers get dedicated overhead bin space on all Delta flights. That, combined with the priority boarding, means you’re almost guaranteed to get your carry-on onboard when you fly Comfort Plus.
Amenity kits are also offered to Comfort Plus passengers on long-haul international flights but don’t expect to see them on your next trip to Chicago. Domestic Comfort Plus passengers do not receive the amenity kits that travelers get when they fly in premium cabins internationally.
Comfort Plus passengers get free extra snacks on all flights, including heartier snacks like bags of chips and granola bars.
Additionally, on flights longer than 250 miles, Comfort Plus passengers get free beer and wine. On flights over 500 miles, that includes free spirits, too.
The inflight entertainment offerings in Comfort Plus are the same as you’ll find on the rest of the plane.
Comfort Plus fares are available for purchase at booking on the Delta app or Delta.com just like any other fare, but there are other ways to get yourself into that cabin, too.
For instance, you can upgrade to Comfort Plus at any point after purchasing your ticket. Just keep in mind that Delta Basic Economy fares are not upgradeable.
On the Delta app or at Delta.com, you’ll be given an upgrade offer to the Comfort Plus and First Class cabins if seats are available. Those offers can be as low as $9 for a one-way trip, like for my short flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Chicago-O’Hare (ORD).
Sometimes, those upgrade offers can be hundreds of dollars, as is the case for my upcoming trip to Cancún (CUN) in September.
In my experience, those offers tend to get better and better the closer you get to travel. The $9 offer for the Chicago flight was offered to me within 4 days of the flight. The Cancún flight is still two months away, meaning Delta hopes it can still sell that seat at a premium to a better-paying customer.
There is a better way to get yourself to Comfort Plus for no money at all: complimentary upgrades.
All Delta Medallion status holders get unlimited free upgrades when space exists. It’s one of the best perks of earning status with Delta.
Diamond Medallion members get first dibs, then Platinum Medallion, then Gold, and then Silver. And when you request an upgrade on your ticket, you are put into a ranked list based on, among other things, your status with the airline.
In fact, if you hold either Delta Platinum or Delta Diamond Medallion status, you’ll be upgraded to a Comfort Plus seat almost immediately after booking – assuming that there is space available. Because of that, you’ll be in at least Comfort Plus on most flights you book.
Read more: How Does Delta Determine its Medallion Upgrade Order?
With Delta Gold Medallion status, Comfort Plus upgrades start to clear 72 hours prior to the flight – based on availability. And finally, if you hold Silver Medallion status, Comfort Plus seat upgrades will start to clear 24 hours prior to the flight – assuming there are seats available.
Even with Silver Medallion status, upgrades are very possible. I’ve earned a complimentary Comfort Plus upgrade on about half of my flights over the last year, but none in the last four months as more and more travelers re-take to the skies.
Still, if you have Medallion status, make sure to request that upgrade! It’s worth a shot at a total cost of $0.
Related reading: Why Free Upgrades on Delta are Getting Harder & Harder
Delta Comfort Plus offers an economy seat with slightly more legroom, and a few other perks like priority boarding, dedicated overhead bin space, and free extra snacks and drinks on domestic flights. On long-haul international flights, that includes amenity kits similar to what you’d find in the other premium cabins.
While Comfort Plus isn’t anywhere close to the comfort and service you’d find in first class or other premium cabins, it is a better flying experience than economy, especially if you can upgrade for free or for a small upcharge.
Delta Comfort Plus can be worth it. If the extra three inches of legroom, priority boarding, or priority overhead bin space is important to you, Comfort Plus can be a much more enjoyable experience. In most cases, however, it is not worth spending hundreds of more dollars for only a slightly better seat.
Comfort Plus is certainly worth it if you are upgraded for free, however, which is a privilege afforded to Delta Medallion status holders.
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Do you think it’s worth giving up the economy exit row (where no one is in front and you can stretch out) for Atl-Amsterdam overnight flights? I love the legroom of the row but not the in arm tray table. I’m silver on delta.
I’ve been flying a lot on business this summer and Ive been offered the opportunity to upgrade with my status. I’ve decided, with the exception of 10C/D on the A321, I much prefer an exit row aisle seat. Hands down.
I enjoyed your article. Being exclusively a Delta flyer, I find it to be accurate and well written. I did not know all that I was getting with the upgrades, and was a little surprised actually, so your article educated me. Thanks
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