Economy comfort gets an upgrade (for some)

Delta's premium economy seat, Economy Comfort (Photo: Delta)

Delta’s premium economy seat, Economy Comfort, is now standard across its fleet (Photo: Delta)

Today Delta rolled out a souped-up version of its Economy Comfort product on transcontinental B757 and B767 flights between New York-JFK and the west coast (Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles).

In addition to standard Economy Comfort bennies like four extra inches of legroom in a seat at the front of the coach section and priority boarding, Delta is offering:

>Free beer, wine and spirits—which is helpful on these 5-6 hour marathon transcons, especially during cocktail hour! :)

Free food on Delta's transcons for Economy Comfort customers (Photo: Delta)

Free food on Delta’s transcons for Economy Comfort customers (Photo: Delta)

>A complimentary Luvo sandwich wrap and a frozen yogurt bar, which helps the hunger pangs on these transcon flights that seem to last forever. (However, the snacks are not available on redeyes departing the west coast after 9 p.m.)

>A sleep kit with an eye mask earplugs, pillow, large bottle of water and blanket (only necessary if you are crazy or desperate enough to take a red-eye.)

High ranking members of Delta’s SkyMiles program (Diamond, Platinum and Gold) as well as those buying more expensive Y, B or M fares get can book the posher Economy Comfort seat for free at time of booking. Long suffering Silver Medallions can pay $49.50 to reserve it at time of booking, or get it for free in the rare instance there are available seats when they check in for their flights.

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These extra bennies should help quell some of the anger Delta created among its elite level flyers when it stopped allowing them to use their complimentary upgrades to ride up front in Delta’s new pimped out flat-bed business elite cabin. These extras make riding at the back of the plane much more tolerable. It also helps Delta compete against sexy Virgin America with it’s Main Cabin Select product that offers extra legroom, a wide selection of free food & booze and dedicated overhead bin space.

Plus, it’s a good way for Delta to try and woo business travelers who may not hold SkyMiles status—regular coach fliers can buy their way into Economy Comfort for $99 each way. (A fee your company should pay if they expect you to work during the flight.)

If you fly out of SFO, SEA, LAX or JFK, does this upgrade make you more likely to try out (or stick with) Delta as the transcon wars intensify? If you’re not in one of those chosen cities, do you feel left out or less important to Delta? Please leave your comments below.

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