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I do not fly enough to justify earning elite status in most cases, and just rely on purchasing whatever ticket I want (using miles for business class, etc). I have had the Southwest Companion Pass before and I have done one (one!) mileage run for elite status before

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So I was a bit surprised to be offered a Comfort Plus upgrade on my most recent flight

Flying Delta to Boston

I recently flew Delta Air Lines from Cincinnati to Boston for the 2023 MIT Mystery Hunt. I was sitting in the gate area at CVG because Delta flies out of Concourse B and the Priority Pass lounge for CVG is in Concourse A. And The Club CVG  is OKAY, but it’s not amazing by any means. I only had about 30 minutes from my arrival to the start of boarding so I figured I would just wait in the gate area.

Paging Passenger Miller

The area right in front of my gate (B17) was actually pretty full, so I sat across the aisle at an empty gate. I was monitoring things across the aisle when I thought I heard my name be paged. I couldn’t quite tell, so I went over to the gate agent and they confirmed that they were looking for “Passenger Miller” (and one other passenger).

A Comfort Plus upgrade

The gate agent told me that I was next on her list for an upgrade to Comfort Plus but wanted to know if I wanted it because I was seated in an emergency exit seat currently. That was a bit surprising to me, because

  • a) I didn’t think I was seated in an emergency exit row
  • and b) I wondered how far they had to get down the upgrade list before I got one 🙂

The flight was super empty (I ended up in a row of 3 all to myself) but even still.

Eventually, when I exhibited sufficient confusion, she confirmed that she was talking to DAVID Miller. I had to inform her that, alas, I was DANIEL Miller. She politely told me to disregard the message 🙂

The Bottom Line

I slinked my way back to my seat and then to my economy seat in the back. It actually worked out just fine since as I said, I had an entire row to myself.

Got any better stories of upgrades being taken away? Leave them in the comments


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