Delta’s seasonal Early Valet service is back and my friend and I just tried it for the first time. It was super convenient and removed most of the stress associated with the boarding process…especially when not flying up front. The service works like this, gate agents preload passengers carry-on luggage into the overhead bin above their seat prior to the start of the boarding process. For me, this meant that instead of running to board with the Sky Priority group, I waited until the very end of the boarding process to take my seat, knowing my carry-on bag was already secured above my seat.
For this flight in particular, a gate agent walked around the boarding area and asked who wanted to have their bag pre-loaded. She announced that the first five people to respond would receive the service. Hopefully this is not the norm (more of a test?) and the service is provided for more passengers going forward. Additionally, let’s hope that there’s some way to ensure that those in the SkyClub can also take advantage of Early Valet.
Delta says the service runs June – August 31st during the busy summer months on select flights and markets (this was JFK-SEA).
What has been your experience with Delta’s Early Valet?