I fly Delta Comfort Plus quite a bit, and I gotta say, the upgrade is worth it for international flights. From the extra legroom, to the gourmet snacks, and the power outlet under the seat, it’s a lot like having a cozy little office in the sky. Below I have photos of Delta Comfort Plus taken from my iPhone to give you a preview as well as some extra tips to make your flight as comfortable as possible.
UPDATE: FLYING DELTA DURING CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL
We are certainly experiencing unprecedented times and travel has been dramatically effected. Here is what Delta is currently doing to promote travel safety.
- Masks covering nose and mouth throughout travel are required at Check-in, Board Areas, Jet Bridges, and on board the plane during the flight except for limited time while eating or drinking. Face masks with exhaust valves are not allowed.
- More extensive plane cleaning is being done, including using electrostatic spray sanitizers with a high-grade disinfectant after each flight. Plus, crews are also doing an extensive manual clean including wiping down seats, consoles, screens, windows, doors, lavatories and other high-touch areas of the cabin.
- Providing more space in-cabin by reducing the number of passengers to 60% in Delta Comfort+ and Delta Premium Select. Middle seats are being blocked in all cabins unless you are traveling as a party of three together and want the ability to select the middle seat.
- Delta is also allowing changes and cancelations without a change fee or Award redeposit fee if your travel has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. (We actually just had to do this for spring travel plans and they were really gracious about it).
Since these changes are temporary and fluid due to the dynamic situation of the pandemic, please refer to Delta’s site for further information before your trip.
DELTA COMFORT PLUS REVIEW
First things first, when flying Delta, download the Delta App. It has won awards for being one of the most helpful airline app available. The Delta App will show your itinerary, track where your luggage is to-the-minute, notify you of gate changes or cancellations, allow you to choose your seats, and more. It will send you push notifications about boarding times and gate changes which are really helpful when catching a connecting flight.
My only complaint, they advertise a Delta Studio streaming feature where apparently if you’re stuck at the airport for a layover, you can enter your flight information and stream their in-flight entertainment for free on your mobile or tablet device. I’ve never been able to get this feature to work, but it sounds pretty cool if they can work out the bugs with it.
TIP: If you plan on using in-flight wifi, pre-purchase it when you’re on the ground at the airport rather than in the air to save a few bucks. Wifi is provided by GoGo and is $16 on the ground versus $20 in the air.
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When it comes to extra legroom, they don’t skimp. I’ve been on international flights with other airlines where my knees touch the seat. And since I’m only 5’3″, I can imagine how even more uncomfortable that can be for taller folks. Here are my iPhone photos to give you a preview. You can see that the Delta Comfort Plus seats are a bit wider and more cozy than economy.
They’re a bit tall too, which is good for legroom, but bad for us shorties when our feet don’t touch the floor. My only wish is that they had a little pull-down foot rest.
TIP: Don’t choose the exit row for Delta Comfort Plus. The extra leg room they give you is plenty, and the arm rests don’t always move up in the exit row. This is actually a safety feature in most airline’s exit rows, so if you’re flying internationally and crossing your fingers that you get the row to yourself so you can laydown or stretch out a bit, you don’t want the exit row. I was just behind the exit row, and luckily no one showed up as me seatmate so I got to curl up in a cozy two-seater.
In Delta Comfort Plus, you’ll get upgraded amenities like free billboard earbuds and a refresh kit with an eye mask, foam earplugs, travel toothbrush, and sample-sized toothpaste. They’re not quite the same level of upgrade you’d get on Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy or Virgin Atlantic’s Premium Economy as there’s no cool souvenir pouch or hand lotion, but it is a thoughtful touch.
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TIP: Personally, I always pack my own amenity kit filled with all my favorite things I need to be comfortable including a few individual bags of green tea, lip balm, hand lotion, and rose water misting spray. You can check out my full in-flight check list in How To Survive A Long Flight.
Delta Comfort Plus included a great list of recently released movies, television shows, and even a few series from HBO. The shows are typically limited to two or three episodes, so if you plan to use the time on a long flight to binge watch your favorite series, then I’d recommend downloading them to your tablet when you’re home packing. The nice part about Delta Comfort Plus seats is that they have a USB jack in the screen and a power outlet in-between the seats, so you can keep your laptop or tablet charged up for catching up on Game of Thrones or House of Cards. (**These power outlets were included on the international flight, I’m not sure if they’re a feature on domestic flights).
Meh. This is where I feel Delta could improve the most. The in-flight snacks are definitely an upgrade compared to most airlines. And the drink choices did have a bit more variety. But the vegetarian lasagna I had for dinner during my international flight was a bit like a frozen microwaved meal. I guess that’s normal for flights.
TIP: I have noticed that passengers that make a special meal request will receive their meal first and it looks a bit more upgraded than the regular meals offered. If you’re on a special diet, such as dairy free/gluten-free/vegetarian, it’s worth taking the time to make a phone call or put in an online to add a dietary request to your assigned seat. You could also pack some of your own healthy plane snacks.
Have you flown Delta Comfort Plus? What about premium economy on other airlines? Was the upgrade worth it? Tell us about your experience below.
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Originally published in 2015. Updated in 2020.
Carl McIver says
I flew to Atlanta with British Airways this April and the outbound flight was great with the latest cabin design with a large seat and good entertainment system but the flight back was a different story on the older cabin that just felt like economy plus an inch. The really frustrating thing was I could see both business and first had the latest cabin layouts and they had just stopped upgrading the plane at plus. i would be reluctant to fly with them again unless I could confirm the cabin in advance.
Thanks for the review of delta, this is good to know as this is my companies carrier of choice to visit our new Seattle operation.
John Hill says
BA do have ageing fleet, I have flown all over Europe and across to the USA with BA and with the exception of the Millionaires up front prepare for a standard trip. Some of the old 767’s don’t even have AVOD on board instead, still using the old centre console screens? having said that, so do American on their 767’s?
Flew to China out of Miami Florida last year on Air France premium economy. Plane was very nice, upgraded new interiors. Seats were comfy and they had fold down foot rests! Got a nice comfort pack pretty standard in a little bag. Good selection of drinks, alcohol is mandatory on French planes! Had a surprising selection of wine available among other things brandy, cognac and more. The food was incredible for an in flight meal with lots of goodies. Ticket was nearly thousand more than regular economy but is refundable (unlike economy) and priority boarding is nice. Good selection of movies and shows on the entertainment and the absolute best pre flight safety and rules video that I have ever seen! Leaving in two weeks for China again, this time delta comfort+. Will compare when I return, bon voyage!
Allen Tassone says
Mmmmm, never tried Delta comfort+ yet although I fly with Delta a lot, and I am a Platinum member with Delta. I have booked Comfort+ seat to Asia in this Feb, and hopefully, it is a little bit different from the economy comfort.
Rachelle Lucas says
Definitely worth it for a flight to Asia. Although, as a Platinum member, I’d cross your fingers about getting a bump up to Business or First Class. Rarely happens on Trans-Pacific flights, but worth asking for. 😉
Please read Delta’s FAQ – There is no such thing as Comfort+ on international. It is simply a seat upgrade. Delta’s website states this. All delta passengers get those wonky billboard earbuds and the eye mask. I just flew LAX to Beijing and used my medallion status to get better seats – the row behind comfort+ — those passengers receives absolutely nothing different and the flight was operated by Delta. If you want to pay $140 for a better seat, do it – but that’s all you’re getting.
Rachelle Lucas says
I feel like the extra legroom alone is worth it for long distance flights. I agree with you that they could definitely improve the food and do more of an upgraded amenity, similar to what Cathay or Virgin does on their premium economy seats. The only upside I saw about the food in Comfort+ is that at least you were served first so you could put on your mask and get to sleep faster. 😉
John W. McLaughlin says
When you’re 6’4″ and 280lbs, trust that even if it’s “only for the legroom”, for a guy like me, certainly worth it!
Though, I must admit, I have yet to try it. The reason for my being here is that I just booked LAX-JFK in Comfort+ for the first time.
Rachelle Lucas says
At 6’4″, you definitely need the extra legroom! Enjoy your flight!
I am 6’7″ and 265 lbs. I have flown several long US flights on Delta Comfort. It is ok with the extra legroom. I have also flown business internationally on Emirates, LOT, Lufthansa, and China Air. I know not expect that level of comfort on Delta Comfort. Booking tickets now for trip to Australia and looking at Cathay Pacific. Dimensions of seats in Premium Economy much better than any of the US based carriers. Worth the extra money.
Lyle Boehler says
Our flight was from MSP to Jamaica. Iwill never do Comfort+ again. Basically, it boiled down to paying $40 per drink. The only good part was the extra legroom. There was no upgraded snacks or sandwich, no refresh kit, and no entertainment options. They never volunteered any more drinks after the first one. A passenger near us asked for another drink and that started the rest of us asking for another. The stewardess said to her, “look what you started”. Then they ran short on ice and out of certain beers before everyone even had a second drink. We knew better than to even try for a third. They have a lot of improvement to make before I would do Comfort+ again.
Rachelle Lucas says
Wow! That’s crazy. Was it an older plane? I hate when I get on a smaller/older plane with no entertainment. But that’s also no excuse for how the stewardess treated you.
Carolyne Mas says
I have flown Delta Comfort+ several times, and I always ask for a couple of rounds during long fights without a problem. It’s what they advertise and it is what you pay for, so I would complain if the stewardess had a problem with this – it is her job. Be bold!
Yep, my experience exactly. Leg room is the only plus, but I don’t really care about leg room. I would much prefer having an empty seat next to me, which NEVER happens in Comfort+ because they upgrade people. Just get a normal seat and buy the drinks. $100 is a lot to spend for a few extra inches of space on a domestic flight, but to each their own. If I were taller, I’d probably pay for it.
I am Platinum with Delta. Twice they have bumped me from Economy Plus to regular economy on long haul international flights. No notice. No explanation. No compensation except a few extra miles. As a business traveler, this doesn’t work for me. I am tall. LAX to SYD with knees jammed up against the seat in front of me is not good. Economy Plus seats are fine, love them, but if you can’t trust Delta to honor bookings for this class seat…Why bother?
Rachelle Lucas says
What a shame! I’d be upset too. Did they at least move you to an exit row?
call me dumb (because i don’t see it), but how much was delta comfort on a trans-atlantic trip?
I just reserved from YQB via JFK to BRU. I was quoted a non-refundable 112$CAD (99$US) for the Comfort+ on the latter leg. Coincidentally, it was a cheaper flight than with Air Transat, before the addition. So I thought I’d treat myself, relax, maybe catch some G&T’s ‘n Z’s, while cruising over the ocean. After researching, despite consulting a Delta sales rep by phone, I’m skeptical that it includes everything this upgrade boasts, because it’s not clear which flights have what amenities, leg room aside.
Buyer beware with Delta Comfort Plus. Paid extra $188 for the two of us Orlando to Seattle. Looking forward to the
leg room,touch screen TV and music as well as free drinks and so on on the 6 hour flight. They changed the plane on us and we got extra leg room and that was about it. The plane was old and not equipped with anything but an old TV hanging in the middle of the isle that no one could see. Look at the photos on Delta’s web site,we got none of that and didn’t get our money back either.
John W. McLaughlin says
Rachelle, thanks very much for this review and the photos. I just bought my first Comfort+ seat for a common LAX to JFK flight. I’m a big guy at 6’4″ and 280lbs, so even just a 5 and-a-half hour cross-country flight turns me into an angry pretzel. Who want’s to be an angry pretzel??? Not me! 🙂
So, thanks for the insight. I must admit I didn’t find you until I already had purchased the Comfort+ tickets, but you actually took away the buyer’s remorse that was about to set in! So, yay!
David Walker says
The Delta website seems pretty clear that you cannot use miles to book a Comfort+ seat on an international flight. Does anyone know if you use miles to buy a Main Cabin seat, can you then purchase the upgrade to Comfort+? Seems most flights into AMS are using planes with the Comfort+ configuration.
Gian S says
Bit of a late response, but yes you can. My wife and I booked BWI>ATL>JNB roundtrip entirely with miles (sans about $50, I believe). We then upgraded the long-haul portion (ATL>JNB and the return JNB>ATL) to Comfort+ on a card. The card was an AmEx Delta-branded card, but I don’t think that mattered, and any payment would have been honored.
Ok – now I am getting nervous. I just spent over $500 to upgrade to Comfort seats on out flights from Atlanta to Buenos Aires and Santiago to Atlanta. That was on top of the $2700 I spent on the tickets. If all we get is extra legroom with none of the creature comforts posted on the site I will be very disappointed!
Susan M McCoy says
We are doing this same trip….but Atlanta to Santiago….then Buenos Aires to Atlanta and are debating on the comfort plus…..just wondering….were you glad you did it?
Just booked Delta Comfort+ roundtrip Denver to London (via Detroit outbound, Minneapolis return). When booking, I understood basically all I was getting was extra legroom, and a dedicated overhead bin. That’s fine by me. All international flights offer complimentary beverages, including wine, beer, and liquor. (Probably some of the cut-rate airlines do not, but we never fly those.) Also, meals and snacks are free on international flights from U.S. We’ve flown BA World Traveller Plus (incredibly overpriced — about a 40% add-on to regular fare — $420 for each of us), American’s Main Cabin Extra (also overpriced), so now we’re trying Delta. The price is very low compared to other airlines for the legroom boost. When you’re on an airplane for 8-plus hours, paying $99 per person is acceptable. (For some reason, coming back was only $89 per.)
AMEN. It says comfort + economy, not business, not first. $100 bucks for a set of un-bruised knees makes walking Europe that much more enjoyable.
This will be my 1st International Flight. I will have a new granddaughter in Germany in Oct. I am tall and have an issue with being clausterphobic and like to be in the first 6 rows behind First/Business Class. When I go to book my trip, I am either led to First Class or main cabin which starts in row 19. That is too far back for me! How can I book a seat in the Comfort plus section? I cannot afford the first class. Please advise. Thank you.
Rachelle Lucas says
Congrats on your granddaughter as well as your first international flight! Typically, Comfort Plus is an upgrade you can add when booking your flight online. If you’re looking to save money though, and leg room is your main concern, then I’d book an exit row as there’s typically plenty of leg room. One thing to watch out for, though, is sometimes the exit row seats don’t recline. I’d recommend calling Delta’s customer service line to see what the price difference is between Comfort Plus and the exit row. My husband and I just flew back from Seattle in row 19, and it was an exit row. I’m about 5’3″ and with my legs totally stretched out, they didn’t even go under the seat in front of me. Plenty of leg room! And, there was a power outlet there too. I think it depends on how new the plane is, so definitely give Delta a call.
Rachelle, thanks for the great photos and information. We are flying Delta to Paris. Have upgraded to Delta Comfort seats, but we are in the first row of Delta Comfort seats. Will we still be able to watch movies and have power outlets? Curious how this will work when we will not have seats in front of us.
Rachelle Lucas says
Yes, you should be able to. I’ve had front row seats before. The movie screen is either on the wall or is attached to an arm that rises up. The outlets are typically between the seats. I’d call Delta, though, just to be sure.
did you like the front row comfort + or prefer the seat in front of you?
Rachelle Lucas says
It depends! I like the seat in front of me if I’m in a movie watching mood. If I want to sleep, I tend to like the front row as I’m able to prop my feet up a bit more with a bag.
Thanks for the advice, I usually fly jet blue from boston to west palm, this time i am flying delta to atlanta, ….then on to melborne. I have booked comfort + Was concerned about one post that said there were not individual TV’s and that the planes were old. How do I make sure I am booked on an upgraded plane? Thanks
Rachelle Lucas says
Usually, I’ve seen the newer planes on long haul flights cross-country and internationally, and older/smaller planes on shorter flights. However, I’d give Delta a call on their customer service line as I’m not sure of a way to check the age of the plane online.
Anthony DeJesus says
Does anyone know if the seats recline further back in Comfort plus than in the Main Cabin?
Hi! I’m kind of confused on the baggage fees for Comfort+. Is it the same for Main Cabin where the first checked bag is $25 USD?
Rachelle Lucas says
You know, I’m unsure. Because I’m a Medallion status member, my first checked back is always free. I just Tweeted Delta to see if they can answer for us. It’s not clear on their website.
Rachelle Lucas says
They just replied back on Twitter. Yes, it’s the same $25 fee.
Thank you for the post Rachelle. Do the Delta Comfort+ front row seats have TVs? Without a seat in front of you where is the TV screen located? I already booked the front row seats for part of the trip, exit row for another part of the trip but have time to change it. I contacted Delta but the rep didn’t know about front row TV screens but thought that the exit row had TVs in the arm rest that simply fold out. Thank you for your help.
You can always download the delta studio app inflight if the airplane has wifi. You can watch current movies on your phone if you are on an old plane and do not have a screen on the seat in front of you.
I am glad I found this review. Delta does not really show anything like the photos for the seats and what you get. I will be traveling to china on delta this next march . I found a silly price of 490 dollars round trip and that includes a flight in china from seattle. Delta’s web site and email agents did not show me this . But I found it on many other travel websites. But I had to use Delta site to book it since I was using a travel voucher they gave me for giving up a seat on my travels once and waiting 3 hours for the next flight. I called to delta and a nice agent helped me over the phone . She found my flights and even got me the price for economy main cabin. Then she went one step more and upgraded me to comfort plus at no cost. All I did was to be nice to her . I did tell her I worked at a call center to. looking forward to the flight.
Here’s some additional information regarding Delta +. http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/onboard-experience/delta-comfort-plus.html#overview
Marcus M. says
I know it’s a gamble, but here is my strategy with international flights with Delta. One day before departure I go to Delta’s website and check seat availability. I check for a cluster of seats – usually center seats – and choose an aisle seat with empty seats in front, behind and especially next to me. On my last flight from Atlanta to Germany I had an entire row to myself; I was able to sleep horizontally! Most of the time the center seat next to me stays empty.
Rachelle Lucas says
LOL! That’s a pretty good gamble. I love when I get a whole row to myself. 🙂
Steven B. says
I flew Delta deluxe class from L.A. to Bangkok in July 2015 through Narita, Japan. At that time they were flying Boeing 777-300 aircraft with modern cabins. I was quite delighted traveling with Delta for my first time during my 38th transpacific flight(s). However, now, while researching Delta’s options for returning to California, I have learned that Delta no longer seems to be using Boeing 777s between these locations, they are now partnering up with Korean Airlines on one of the flight legs, and on top of that, premium economy (Delta Comfort+) service NO LONGER PROVIDES FOOT RESTS!!! Also, only basic economy seating is provided on two of the three flight legs on this route, even though you pay a premium airfare. The current photos posted of these Comfort+ seats look like terrible economy seats anyway, and, as a matter of principle, if I were to book with Delta, I would be inclined NOT to spend the extra $150 one way fare for a mere 4 inches of extra leg room.
Hello fellow travelers! We’re taking a girls weekend and were considering First Class. Not only for the splurge for the weekend but also for the sheer fact that I’m a bigger gal. I really don’t want to start my weekend off with a horrible flight experience. Now that I’ve discovered the Comfort + option, it sounds pretty good. But I’m still (always) concerned with seat size. Are the seats the same size as coach? A bit bigger? I’d love to save the extra money but I also want to make sure we are all happy and comfy 🙂
Rachelle Lucas says
The seats are the same size as coach, but there is more legroom/space between rows, and typically power outlets too which you don’t get in coach. It’s definitely not first class, but it is a more comfortable experience than coach. If you’re looking for maximum legroom, though, nothing beats the exit row. Especially the one by the bulk head that has no seats in front of it.
Kevin Beatty says
Rachelle – there are some issues with your article.
1. The Comfort Plus seats. are the same width as regular economy seats. There is no difference in width. You are correct about pitch. They have about 3″ more pitch. They also recline about 2-3 inches more than regular economy seats. Delta’s new “Premium Economy” class (which is similar to Cathay Pacific’s premium economy) WILL be wider. About 1.5-2″ wider actually. So a big upgrade. They’ll also have about 4″ more pitch than regular economy seats. The menu will be upgraded on it as well and you will receive sparkling wine on the ground before departure (like you do in Delta One cabin.)
2. Billboard headphones an upgrade? They literally cost Delta less than $1.25 for each set of headphones. They’re not great.
3. Delta will unequivocally NOT give you an upgrade to Delta One class, whether you ask for it or not. Doesn’t matter if you’re Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Million Miler, TWO Million Miler, etc.
Their agents will get reprimanded so very hard for doing this. There is a report they run to show users who do this and Delta comes down hard on those users. The only way Delta will upgrade to Delta One is if they need your seat (like you’re on exit row or bulkhead and there is a passenger who is injured.) I have been Diamond with Delta for 6 years straight, have traveled internationally probably 50+ times in that span and have only been upgraded once. That was when a lady hurt her leg on Machu Picchu and they needed my bulkhead seat in Economy Comfort coming from Lima to Atlanta (this was what it used to be called: Economy Comfort.) I was told by several Delta agents that they can only upgrade to Delta One in THAT scenario OR if they are overbooked in Economy (which rarely happens internationally.) If they are overbooked in Economy, Diamonds and their travel partners are upgraded first, based on fare class, then it goes to Platinum and their travel partners by fare class, etc.
Sara N. says
They will likely not really improve anything. american aviation, like everything in that empire, was about hustling–making as much money as they can. 330+ million used car dealers-the populace. The ‘quality’ PR propaganda was nothing more than lipstick on a pig. friends do NOT let friends travel on us carriers–they’re awful.
Flew comfort plus for the first time. U.S. flights on delta. Very inconsistent in terms of service and quality of the seating. No drinks, No headphones (could not purchase either), no monitor in seating for movies, etc on some of the flights. MD 88. To better seating and service on 757-200- OW. still the stewardesses forgot about us. The first class stewardess would stop at our row and the coach stewardess would not come forward enough to help us. I would not pay for this again. Maybe internationally but US no way.
This is simply an amazing piece of work. Keep it up.
Angela Haney says
HI! We just flew Delta Comfort Plus from ABQ-ATL-AMS and then back the first two weeks of May. While Delta Comfort Plus did not compare flavorably to Lufthansa’s economy plus, it was much better than economy for the wider seat and extra leg room. I agree that the choices in movies was great and the little bag along with the pillow and blanket were nice.
You described the food perfectly, edible but nothing to look forward to.
Because we had booked Comfort Plus our first checked bags were free. I had a carry-on bag also that I didn’t want to mess with in the airports, so I checked it for free at the gate. It was perfect.
The only real problem was the plane configuration was 3-5-3 instead of the 2-4-2 we had seen when we booked our seats. So instead of having an window and an aisle, we had a window and a middle.
Very marginal experience especially considering premium fare over straight economy. No free second bag for transatlantic flight – Delta wants extra $ $100 over and above the extra $400 – $500 for fare. No access to lounge (fortunately I had platinum Amex card). Not at all up to what others offer in economy plus for transatlantic flights.
Dave Webster says
Just flew Comfort Plus PHL-MSP-PHL. Extra leg room was appreciated since I’m 6′ 4″. Service OK. Biggest surprise – seats did not recline. At All. Row 11 out, Row 14 back. Is this normal?
Rachelle Lucas says
Sometimes rows right in front of the exit row don’t recline. 🙁 That’s a bummer.
Dave in MN says
I think the Comfort Plus is totally worth it!!!
You board and leave much faster. There’s a lot more room to move around your seat. Since it costs a bit more, you’re less likely to be seated next to someone who’s loud/obnoxious/smelly. The flight attendants aren’t as overworked so they seem much more relaxed and happy to help you AND the snacks are plentiful (I actually was given a bunch of KIND bars on my last flight and those aren’t cheap!)
Spend the little bit extra for Comfort Class, you’ll have a better experience and (if you get enough snacks) you can recoup the extra that you paid. It’s a great value.
I’m never flying economy again!
I loved your review Rachelle, you make very clear and smart arguments and I agree that Delta Comfort Plus becomes a great option if you are traveling long distances. My favorite thing is the extra leg space. Anyone at least 6′ or higher would definitely agree with me 🙂
Delta is garbage all around, its sad that the best of delta is the bottom of the barrel for any other none american carrier.
Mark Simons says
Thanks for the review on Delta’s product. I find their branding confusing on cabin choices. We have flown PE on Air France on the a-380 upper deck. Very nice and the Air France Team are truly classy. Also on PE on Virgin Atlantic and the seats are VERY big and comfy. Looking forward to the next trip..