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The New Year Will Bring More International Upgrade Opportunities for Delta’s Medallion Members


Airline to offer complimentary Business Class upgrades from the United States to Latin America

ATLANTA, Dec. 8, 2005 – Delta Air Lines’ SkyMiles® Medallion® members – the airline’s most frequent fliers – will be able to fly in style to and from Latin America beginning in 2006 thanks to new complimentary upgrades.

Effective for travel booked on or after Dec. 8, 2005, for travel beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2006, Delta will offer its Medallion members complimentary upgrades, subject to availability, from Coach to Business Class when flying between the United States and the following Central and South American cities:

Central America
BZE – Belize City, Belize
GUA – Guatemala City, Guatemala
LIR – Liberia, Costa Rica
PTY – Panama City, Panama
SJO – San José, Costa Rica
SAL – San Salvador, El Salvador
MGA – Managua, Nicaragua (service starts Dec. 15, 2005)*
SAP – San Pedro Sula, Honduras (service starts March 1, 2006)*
RTB – Roatan, Honduras (service starts March 4, 2006)*

South America
BOG – Bogota, Colombia
CCS – Caracas, Venezuela
LIM – Lima, Peru

“As we continue our transformation to provide the best possible customer experience, expanding the scope of complimentary upgrades will reward our most loyal customers by making travel more comfortable and inviting,” said Jeff Robertson, managing director of the SkyMiles program. “Additionally, this new benefit fits well with our international expansion and adds value to one of the industry’s most generous elite member upgrade programs.”

Robertson said that Delta is continuing its significant growth to popular locations where customers want to fly. The airline has added 30 percent more seats during the past year, making it the fastest-growing airline to Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally with this new service, Atlanta will become the second largest southeastern gateway to the region.

SkyMiles Medallion members currently enjoy complimentary upgrades, subject to availability, on most Delta flights within or between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.

Also effective for travel booked Dec. 8, 2005, for travel on or after Jan. 1, 2006, Medallion members purchasing tickets booked in B and M Coach class fares will receive upgrades five, three or one calendar day(s) in advance, based on Medallion level and availability. Currently, Medallion members buying B and M Coach class fares receive upgrades when they book their flight, if seats are available. Y Coach class fares will continue to clear at time of booking after Jan. 1, 2006.

The SkyMiles program also offers an array of valuable benefits for Medallion members, including mileage bonuses, discounted Crown Room Club membership, priority boarding, preferred security lines and preferred seating. For more information on the Medallion and SkyMiles programs, please visit

Delta SkyMiles members earn miles by flying Delta, Song, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers, Delta AirElite and Delta’s SkyTeam partners. The program offers additional mileage-building opportunities through SkyMiles partners such as the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express,, participating hotels, car rental companies, telecommunication services, restaurants, floral and gift retailers and financial, mortgage and realty services. The SkyMiles program was recently named the Best Frequent Flyer Program by Travel Savvy magazine in a survey that included all global and domestic airline loyalty programs.

Delta Air Lines (OTC Bulletin Board: DALRQ) is the world’s second-largest airline in terms of passengers carried and the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, offering daily flights to 505 destinations in 93 countries on Delta, Song, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. Delta’s marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem frequent flier miles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at

* Pending foreign government approval.

Terms and Conditions
Complimentary upgrades will not be available on flights to and from South American cities that are serviced with Delta’s award-winning BusinessElite™ product (i.e., Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil). New benefits do not apply to travel booked prior to December 8, 2005. Unlimited complimentary upgrades are subject to availability, not valid for travel to/from Hawaii and not available on Song®, Delta Shuttle®, or Delta Connection® carriers (except Shuttle America). Partner offers subject to the terms and conditions of each individual offer. Partners subject to change. Offers void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit © 2005 Delta Air Lines, Inc.


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