Preferred Seating

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For as long as we've been flying, there have been certain Main Cabin seats that most travelers seem to prefer. We call them: Preferred Seats.

Medallion® members and customers purchasing Y, B, or M class Main Cabin tickets will continue to enjoy complimentary access to Preferred Seats at the time of booking and all the way up to departure.* But now, non-Medallion members can purchase these seats 24 hours prior to departure.**

Preferred Seats include:

  • Bulkhead seats
  • Aisle seats toward the front of the plane
  • Window seats toward the front of the plane
  • Emergency exit row seats

How to Book Your Preferred Seat



Step 1) Book a flight.
Medallion members can book any Main Cabin fare. Non-Medallion members can book any Y, B, or M class Main Cabin ticket.

Step 2) Select a Preferred Seat at time of ticket purchase.
Preferred seats are available at no additional cost. Or, visit My Trips, if you already have a ticket. M class Main Cabin tickets can select complimentary Preferred Seats when checking in.

Step 3) Settle in and relax.
Enjoy your flight from one of the best seats in Main Cabin.


Step 1) Book a flight.
Book any non-Y,  non-B or non-M class Main Cabin ticket, or non-E Basic Economy fare.

Step 2) Purchase a Preferred Seat during check-in.
You can check in through or a Delta airport kiosk 24 hours in advance and select any available Preferred Seat.

Step 3) Pay the applicable Preferred Seat fee.
Fees vary by seat location and flight destination.

*Passengers needing special assistance should contact an agent. Those seated in the bulkhead row may be reassigned to accommodate passengers with disabilities. Refunds are automatically issued if a similar seat is not assigned.

** Basic Economy (E) fares are not eligible for paid or complimentary Preferred Seats, regardless of Medallion or other elite status, for flights flown on or after February 1, 2015.

Terms & Conditions

Preferred Seating is offered on Delta and Delta Connection® flights, subject to availability. Except with respect to Basic Economy fares, Preferred Seats are complimentary for Medallion® members, SkyTeam® Elite and SkyTeam® Elite Plus members, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold members, and Alaska Airlines MVP® and MVP® Gold members and their companions when they are booked in the same reservation. If the Medallion or partner airline elite member is no longer traveling on their original reservation, any companions traveling on the original reservation will no longer be eligible for complimentary Preferred Seats, and their Preferred Seat assignment may be removed. Preferred seats are also complimentary for customers that have purchased full Y, B and M fares. Preferred Seats in select markets will be available for sale 24 hours prior to departure through the check-in window to non-Preferred Seat eligible customers. Fees will be charged per customer per segment. Basic Economy (E) fares are not eligible for paid or complimentary Preferred Seats, regardless of Medallion or other elite status, for flights flown on or after February 1, 2015. SkyMiles members can earn Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) for purchases of Preferred Seats only when purchased through a Delta channel including, Fly Delta mobile app, Delta Reservations, Delta kiosks and select Delta airport locations. If a Preferred Seat is purchased at the airport in Amsterdam (AMS), Mumbai (BOM) or Paris (CDG) for a Delta operated flight, the member will not earn MQDs. MQDs will not be awarded for complimentary access to Preferred Seats. MQDs may only be earned by the member traveling whose name and SkyMiles number is included in the reservation. Customers seated in the bulkhead row may be reassigned to accommodate passengers with disabilities. We reserve the right to assign or reassign a Preferred Seat at any time, even after boarding of the aircraft, for operational, safety or security reasons; the final decision resides with ground staff and operating crew on the day of the flight. Refunds will be issued to any reassigned customer if the customer is not moved to a comparable or better seat and no MQDs will be awarded. If a customer voluntarily changes his/her flight or seat selection once purchased, a refund for the original seat purchase will not be provided and no MQDs will be awarded. All SkyMiles program rules apply to SkyMiles program membership, offers, miles and MQD accrual, mile redemption and travel benefits, respectively. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program Rules. Prices, offers, rules, and benefits subject to change.

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