One of the most frustrating things about flying between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland is that airlines treat the trip the same as any other domestic flight.
That means for the 5+ hour flight, you’ll be on the same narrow-body arrangement you fly from New York to Atlanta. You’ll also get the same amenities, which in economy class means a complimentary snack and drink (or, depending on the airline, buy-on-board drinks and more substantive snacks/sandwiches.)
But that’s no longer the case if you’re flying on Delta from select cities starting this winter, when they’ll offer upgraded Premium Select seating.
Premium Select seating is already offered on most Delta Transatlantic and Transpacific flights, but this will be the first time the product will be offered on domestic routes.
In Delta Premium Select, Delta customers have more space to relax and stretch out, with a wider seat, deeper recline and an adjustable footrest and leg rest. They’ll also receive an upgraded amenity kit, noise-canceling headsets, a blanket made from recycled materials and memory-foam pillow to help them arrive rested and refreshed.
In the months ahead, Delta will continue to evolve the Delta Premium Select experience, with onboard enhancements designed with customers’ well-being in mind and personalized experiences that go beyond the seat. Customers can look forward to an elevated dining experience, premium service touchpoints and new one-of-a-kind amenity kits featuring thoughtfully curated travel essentials. Whether customers want to unwind, sleep, work or catch up on the latest in-flight entertainment on Delta Studio, they can plan on arriving at their final destination refreshed and re-energized.
The following routes will get aircraft with a Premium Select seating option:
- ATL-OGG (Maui) on an A330-300 (3M3)
- JFK-HNL on a 767-400ER
- SLC (Salt Lake City) – OGG on an A330-900neo (339)
I found one of the flights on the schedule from ATL-OGG in December.
There’s a bit of an upcharge from Main Cabin to Premium Select but it’s a steal considering that Delta charges 300K for a one-way ticket to Hawaii in First Class. For a 10-hour flight, having a more comfortable seat with legroom, footrest and meal service is something to consider if you have the miles or the cash.
No word on how Delta will handle upgrades on these flights for Medallion members.
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