Since I recently status matched to NW, I was looking forward to the reciprocal upgrades on CO, while the relationship between the two carriers still exists. Something I apparently overlooked is that when flying CO on cheap fares and crediting to NW, you only earn 50% EQM’s. The same is true for flying NW and crediting to CO. I have no clue how I overlooked that, but I guess it makes sense. Full reciprocal upgrades and full mileage is just a bit too cozy for an agreement among two competing carriers.
The good news is that apparently the NW Platinum bonus is applied to actual miles flown, so you still earn 125% bonus miles. That being said, it’s probably a moot point pretty soon. Since my status is good through February of 2010, I have no incentive for flying NW over CO this year, since I’d earn the same redeemable miles and I really don’t care about elite qualifying miles, since I’ve already “requalified.” Add to that the fact that the CO/NW reciprocal upgrade program will probably end sometime next year (most likely early in the year), and it’s not a huge loss.