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As I finish an “extra” mileage run, that I really did not want to take, I have once again successfully done an SDC to get into first class on a transcon flight yesterday. Just how does one do this?
First you need to know the rules changes mid April this year. In the past, you just had to have a seat in the same cabin of service to get a change. Now the rule is the same class of service or lower. Most feared this would be very very hard. I have not had an issue thus far (it could be a perk of DM i.e. bending the rules but no reps have said anything yet).
Also know anything booked PRE-rule change you can get under the old rules or under the new rules your choice so you can work it maybe.
The end result is if you are on a flight with very few 1st class seats, and another route had a bunch, it may be worth the risk to switch. If you have other confirmed upgrades along the way they will be gone so please count the cost.
Another question I get is how do I check to see how many Diamonds are on another flight I want to change to. To my knowledge, only phone reps and @DeltaAssist have access to this info but will share it with you if you ask. So, you could ask say: “How many DM s are on this flight if I change“. They are happy to share the numbers checked-in for the flight thus far. However, they can not tell where you would be on the upgrade list until you change so keep that in mind.
There are times this does not work. Take today for example. I was on my redeye #5 with 1 open. No way I would clear this one. There was another flight with 5 seats open. I took the chance, changed, and am now #14 with 5 open – rats! Also there are 48 on the upgrade list on the new flight. Ah well, it will be the only upgrade I miss this trip. Worth the shot? Why not try (you will be in coach one way or the other right ). – René
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