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.

Delta Fare Class N

Fare Class N booking information

Important information to know when booking Fare Class N on Delta Air Lines.

  • Ability to select seats at time of booking
  • Ability to select preferred seats
  • Carry on luggage FREE
  • Checked baggage for a fee
Delta Fare Class N

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.

Delta fare class N
In this example, a trip from TPA-LAX is 52,000 SkyMiles and is showing Main (N) as the fare class.

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).

Award trip summary screen with trip details closed.
Award trip summary screen with the trip details expanded.

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.

Delta Fare Class N

Fare Class N upgrade eligibility

Important upgrade eligibility and upgrade order information with a Fare Class N ticket on Delta Air Lines.

Complimentary upgrades

Complimentary upgrades are available for SkyMiles Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members. Complimentary upgrades clear based on the official upgrade priority list here.

Upgrade eligibility

Complimentary upgrades are based upon availability and are affected by Irregular Operations (IROPS) and gate agents not following operational guidelines to upgrade SkyMiles Medallion members with seats available. Your mileage may vary.

Passengers with a Delta Air Lines Main Cabin ticket booked in Fare Class N are eligible for complimentary upgrades to Comfort+; however, the priority is based on the underlying fare class (i.e. NQ, NT, etc.) and cannot be determined from the aggregation fare class.

Passengers with a Delta Air Lines Main Cabin ticket booked in Fare Class N are eligible for complimentary upgrades to First Class; however, the priority is based on the underlying fare class (i.e. NQ, NT, etc.) and cannot be determined from the aggregation fare class.

Passengers with a Delta Air Lines Main Cabin ticket booked in Fare Class N are not eligible for complimentary upgrades to Delta Premium Select; however, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members can apply a Regional or Global Upgrade Certificate (RUC and GUC) at booking or >3 hours from departure to waitlist for Delta Premium Select.

On rare occasions, Main Cabin may be overbooked. In this scenario, gate agents may perform an operational upgrade and move Medallion members (by status) to a higher cabin of service to alleviate the oversold situation in the lower cabin of service.

Passengers with a Delta Air Lines Main Cabin ticket booked in Fare Class N are not eligible for complimentary upgrades to Delta One; however, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members can apply a Regional or Global Upgrade Certificate (RUC and GUC) at booking or >3 hours from departure to waitlist for Delta One.

On rare occasions, Main Cabin may be overbooked. In this scenario, gate agents may perform an operational upgrade and move Medallion members (by status) to a higher cabin of service to alleviate the oversold situation in the lower cabin of service.

Delta Fare Class N

SkyMiles Medallion frequent flyer earnings

Important Medallion earning information on a Fare Class T ticket on Delta Air Lines.

SkyMiles members will earn towards status and free flights as long as they have an active SkyMiles account linked to their ticket.

Earning categoryEarning rateEarns towards
MQM1:1 (Calculated by great circle distance flown)Status
MQS1:1 (Calculated on the segments/flights flown)Status
MQDBased on the ticket priceStatus
SkyMiles/RDMNo earnings accrued on award ticketsFree flights

* SkyMiles/RDM earnings never expire. Earnings towards status reset each calendar year.

Silver Medallion members will earn towards status and free flights

Earning categoryEarning rateEarns towards
MQM1:1 (Calculated by great circle distance flown)Status
MQS1:1 (Calculated on the segments/flights flown)Status
MQDBased on the ticket priceStatus
SkyMiles/RDMNo earnings accrued on award ticketsFree flights

* SkyMiles/RDM earnings never expire. Earnings towards status reset each calendar year.

Gold Medallion members will earn towards status and free flights

Earning categoryEarning rateEarns towards
MQM1:1 (Calculated by great circle distance flown)Status
MQS1:1 (Calculated on the segments/flights flown)Status
MQDBased on the ticket priceStatus
SkyMiles/RDMNo earnings accrued on award ticketsFree flights

* SkyMiles/RDM earnings never expire. Earnings towards status reset each calendar year.

Platinum Medallion members will earn towards status and free flights

Earning categoryEarning rateEarns towards
MQM1:1 (Calculated by great circle distance flown)Status
MQS1:1 (Calculated on the segments/flights flown)Status
MQDBased on the ticket priceStatus
SkyMiles/RDMNo earnings accrued on award ticketsFree flights

* SkyMiles/RDM earnings never expire. Earnings towards status reset each calendar year.

Diamond Medallion members will earn towards status and free flights

Earning categoryEarning rateEarns towards
MQM1:1 (Calculated by great circle distance flown)Status
MQS1:1 (Calculated on the segments/flights flown)Status
MQDBased on the ticket priceStatus
SkyMiles/RDMNo earnings accrued on award ticketsFree flights

* SkyMiles/RDM earnings never expire. Earnings towards status reset each calendar year.

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