Delta has announced a new boarding process which will take effect on January 23, 2019, that eliminates the traditional zone boarding and introduces a process based on ticket type and color. The change expands the number of boarding groups from six to eight, although Delta hopes it will actually speed up the boarding process.
- Sky Priority Zone used to include Comfort+, Gold Medallion Members, and Platinum Medallion Members. It is now being split into two groups – Delta Comfort+ in one group, and Sky Priority (Gold and Platinum Medallion Members) in another.
- Zones 1-3 are now being called Main Cabin 1-3
- Zone 4 is now being called Basic Economy
Delta is simplifying their booking process for passengers with color-coded groups. Everything up through Diamond/First Class will remain the same. Beyond First Class, the boarding order will be:
- Delta Comfort+
- Sky Priority
- Main Cabin 1-3 (Delta credit card holders and Silver Medallion Members will board with Main Cabin 1)
- Basic Economy