Delta sets aside more seats for elite fliers

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is setting aside more preferred seats for its elite frequent fliers for a longer period of time.

Delta had been setting aside preferred seats -- including some aisle and window seats, seats with more legroom such as in exit rows and seats at the front of the plane -- for its elite "Medallion" members until 24 hours before the flight. In response to feedback from frequent fliers, Delta is increasing the number of seats set aside by up to 40 percent and is now holding them for elite fliers until two hours before the flight. The airline sent a memo about the change to its elite frequent fliers Tuesday.

The move means regular travelers who are not elite frequent fliers on Delta will not be able to reserve the preferred seats until two hours before the flight.