Fare Class N is an award redemption fare class of service that is marketed as Main Cabin on Delta Air Lines. Since the introduction of dynamic award pricing, award fares operate similar to revenue fare classes in that lower fare classes have lower redemption costs and vice versa. Fare class N is not an actual fare class, but an aggregation fare class displayed on Delta.com when searching for award (miles) trips.
Below is a human-readable description of how to find the underlying fare class that explains the redemption cost (miles) with Delta’s dynamic pricing for award fares.
Fare Class N booking information
Important information to know when booking Fare Class N on Delta Air Lines.
Understand dynamic pricing for award tickets (Fare Class N)
Important information on how to book Fare Class N on Delta Air Lines.
Fare Class N’s allure is that it’s a free trip, but understand the underlying award fare class gives savvy travelers the ability to understand if their award redemption is cheap (less miles) or expensive (more miles).
Step1: Search for an award trip
Just as you normally would, find a trip using Delta.com and select the Main (N) fare.
Step 2: Look for specific details on the summary screen
Once you have the flight(s) selected, in the summary screen, expand the drop down next to the flight(s).
In this example, the TPA-LAX flight shows Main Cabin (NQ), which is the underlying fare class.
Step 3: Understanding award fare class order
There are 11 award fare classes available to book in for Main Cabin. The lower fare classes have lower mileage pricing and the highest award fare classes will be insanely expensive. Searching different flights, routes and dates will help you maximize (lower) the redemption rate for award travel.
A Full list of all Delta Air Lines award fare classes can be found here.
Fare Class N upgrade eligibility
Important upgrade eligibility and upgrade order information with a Fare Class N ticket on Delta Air Lines.
Complimentary upgrades are available for SkyMiles Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members. Complimentary upgrades clear based on the official upgrade priority list here.
SkyMiles Medallion frequent flyer earnings
Important Medallion earning information on a Fare Class T ticket on Delta Air Lines.