Delta Air Lines is Changing to a Numbered Boarding System

Travelers flying Delta Air Lines will be greeted by a brand new boarding system in May of 2024. 

Delta had previously boarded by ticket, seat, and status, with Delta One or First Class boarding right after pre-boarding, and then Diamond Medallions, followed by Premium Select, Delta Comfort+, Sky Priority members, and main cabin guests divided into three groups. Basic Economy boards last.

The airline is not moving away from that order.  Instead, Delta is changing what it calls each of those groups, and how those groups appear on tickets, going from “branded boarding” to numbered boarding. 

Starting on May 1, 2024, Delta will board with numbered zones, matching the process that other airlines use and Delta had used pre-2019. Each of those previous groups will be given a zone number to board with depending on ticket, seat, and status.

Those flying Delta One or First Class will be Zone 1, Delta Medallion members and Premium Select customers will be Zone 2, Delta Comfort+ will be Zone 3, Sky Priority will be Zone 4, and then the three main cabin groups will be Zones 5, 6, and 7. Basic Economy customers will board last in Zone 8.

Delta will continue to offer pre-boarding for those needed more assistance, and then for active military members, before Zone 1. Those traveling with car seats and strollers will board just before Zone 3.

Zones 1 through 4 will use the Sky Priority lane and Zones 5 through 8 will use the General Boarding lane, as they do today.