Fare class Z or is a revenue fare/booking class of service that is marketed as First Class / Delta One on Delta Air Lines. The fare class is considered a deeply discounted First Class / Delta One class that must be available to immediately clear into Delta One using a GUC or RUC.
Fare class Z is marketed as a deeply discounted First Class / Delta One fare class, which is strictly controlled by the revenue management department. Revenue management is known for limiting the number of Z fare class seats available on transcontinental and long-haul routes to control how many GUCs or RUCs or non-rev employee upgrades can clear. Tickets in this fare class will be least expensive Delta One tickets available to purchase. If you’re looking for a cheaper fare class, you can book Main Cabin or adjust your routing or dates.
Below is a human-readable description of this fare class and the expectations passengers should have when flying with a Z fare class.
Fare class Z booking information
Important information to know when booking Fare class Z on Delta Air Lines.
How to book Fare class Z
Important information on how to book Fare class Z on Delta Air Lines.
- Searching for Fare Class Z is nearly impossible through Delta.com and they have deprecated the advanced search feature which used to allow passengers to search by Fare Class.
- It is advised to call into reservations and get a knowledgeable ticketing agent to search your destination for Fare Class Z availability. Unfortunately, getting a knowledgeable ticket agent is very hard post-COVID as the newer agents have not been trained on DL Term or any other system than their point-and-click reservations system. You will have to hang up and call again (HUCA).
- Many frequent flyers are reporting no Z fare availability months in advance, which supports to theory of Revenue management controlling the release of these seats.
- People who manage to book Z fares have reported that the fare class came available a few weeks to month out. The theory behind this is that the Delta One seat sales were lagging behind the forecasted load and thus Revenue Management released a seat or two into the Z fare bucket for sale.
If you are a frequent flyer with additional insight or are with Delta seeking to clarify the information provided, please contact me.
Fare class Z upgrade eligibility
Important upgrade eligibility and upgrade order information with a Fare class Z ticket on Delta Air Lines.
If you’re booked into fare class Z, there are no higher cabins of service available.
SkyMiles Medallion frequent flyer earnings
Important Medallion earning information on a Fare class Z ticket on Delta Air Lines.