Delta Airlines Main Cabin

What you should expect when flying Delta Airlines on a main cabin ticket.

Main Cabin as it’s named in the FlyDelta app is actually Economy class. It is a Delta Airlines marketed low priced fare class in the main cabin where travel changes permitted but restricted based on the fare class purchase.  Seat assignments are allowed at time of booking throughout the main cabin, however preferred seats (Window/aisle/exit row) may incur an additional fee based on your medallion status.  Boarding zone is based on your elite status (typically Sky Priority or Zone 1).  This fare class is typical of most frequent, budget-minded flyers.

It should be noted that tickets purchased in B,Y fare classes have additional upgrade benefits and increase priority due to purchased fare (ie: You probably paid a ton for these tickets).

Mileage earning and Elite status in Main Cabin

The following matrix gives you your earning potential and benefits of elite status while flying Economy as a Member, Silver Medallion, Gold Medallion, Platinum Medallion or Diamond Medallion on Delta marketed/operated flights.




MQM

MQS

MQD

RDM

Complimentary First Class Upgrade Clearance

Complimentary Comfort+ Upgrade

Preferred Seating (Window/aisle/exit row)

Boarding Zone

Member



B,Y 150% 

Others 100%

100%

100%

5 miles per MQD

NOT ELIGABLE

NOT ELIGABLE

For a fee

Zone 2

Silver


B,Y 150% 

Others 100%

100%

100%

7 miles per MQD

1 day from departure

1 day from departure

Complimentary

Zone 1

gold



B,Y 150% 

Others 100%

100%

100%

8 miles per MQD

3 days from departure

3 day from departure

Complimentary

Sky Priority

platinum



B,Y 150% 

Others 100%

100%

100%

9 miles per MQD

5 days from departure

Time of booking

Complimentary

Sky Priority

diamond



B,Y 150% 

Others 100%

100%

100%

11 miles per MQD

5 days from departure

Time of booking

Complimentary

Premium

What you should expect in Main Cabin

At the gate

  • Seat Assignment – I’ve seen exit and bulk head rows unavailable for assignment to Silvers in the past.  Not sure if this still happens.
  • Boarding – See boarding zone chart above.

In flight

  • Standard seat – Nothing to write home about.  It’s small and has an average recline and not a lot of leg room. With elite status, you’ll get the pick of where you want to sit and have the ability to select preferred seats for free (Window/Aisle/Exit Row/Bulk Head).
  • Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages over 250 miles – Coke products and light snack (Pretzels, peanuts, cookies).  The snacks are the same in Economy class too.
  • Beer, Wine, Spirits available for purchase – Between $6-$10 depending on what you order.
  • In-seat power available on some flights – Newer planes with the upgraded seat-back entertainment have USB ports on every screen.  Very useful for charging phones.  Some planes have 110V AC power ports between the seats, but they are typically in the front of the plane (ie: Not basic economy).
  • In-flight entertainment – Planes equipped with seat-back entertainment are useful.  Otherwise you’ll need to use your phone/tablet to connect to the in-flight entertainment system.  There’s a variety of movies, TV shows and music.
  • Pillow/Blanket – The pillow is small and the good ‘ole red Delta blank is awkwardly sized for normal sized people and almost see through.  You’ll probably need two blanks.
  • Amenity/sleep kit – Honestly, I wouldn’t Economy isn’t the most comfortable, but is very tolerable on long-haul flights in a bulkhead/exit row.  They give you eye shades and ear buds to make it as tolerable as possible.

 

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