Delta offers several categories of seats on its planes. For US domestic flights, you’ll get to choose from these categories:
- First Class – Delta’s premium domestic product, offering wider seats, power outlets, better seatback entertainment and additional legroom.
- Delta Comfort+ – Available on domestic and international flights, these seats have increased legroom and dedicated overhead bin space.
- Main Cabin – Basic Delta seats located in the back of the plane, most of which have access to seatback entertainment and charging ports.
Delta segments its Main Cabin offerings by selling “Delta Preferred” seats and basic economy tickets. I’ve recapped our experiences in those seats already but I’ve yet to explain what you’ll get when you buy a Delta Comfort+ seat.
Delta Comfort+ passengers get preferred status in the Delta boarding process. Only First Class and Delta Diamond Medallion passengers get on the plane earlier than people sitting in Comfort+.
Comfort+ passengers also have dedicated overhead bin space.
The seat in Comfort+ is the same as you’ll find throughout Delta’s Main Cabin area. The only difference is that the Comfort+ seats have extra legroom. Delta includes the bulkhead and exit row seats in the Comfort+ category.
Get situated and stretch out with up to 3 more inches of legroom on all flights, compared to a standard Main Cabin seat.
Since the Comfort+ seats are in the front of the cabin behind First Class, you’ll be one of the first passengers off the plane.
In Comfort+ you’ll get the same snacks as the rest of the Main Cabin passengers. In addition, Comfort+ passengers get free beer, wine and spirits on eligible flights.
Is it worth it?
The price for Comfort+ varies depending on the flight length and seat you’re selecting. The bulkhead and exit rows are the most expensive, while the middle seats are a few dollars cheaper than the window or aisle seats.
However, many people sitting in Comfort+ aren’t paying for the seats. If available, Delta Diamond and Platinum Medallion members can confirm Comfort+ seats at booking. Gold Medallion can upgrade seats 72 hours before a flight and Silver Medallion can upgrade at 24 hours. Available seats are fluid because as lower status levels become eligible, other seats become available as the highest level members get upgraded to First Class.
But if you’re paying for the seats, is it worth it?
On our trip, we needed to sit in Comfort+ because they were the only seats available on the plane. In my opinion, it’s not worth $79 for 3 inches of extra legroom and complimentary alcoholic beverages on a 2-hour flight.
Delta’s Main Cabin seating is relatively comfortable, and I can use my MacBook on the tray table. Whereas with other airlines, I’m not able to work without the extra inches of space between seats. In addition, I’d much rather pay for Spirit’s Big Front Seat or JetBlue’s Even More Space which gives an extra 7 inches of legroom.
If you get the upgrade for free, the extra space is nice but I don’t feel that it’s worth the money to pay for Delta’s Comfort+ seats. Your Mileage May Vary.
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