Based on this FlyerTalk thread, it seems like we’ll see reciprocal elite upgrades for DL/NW elites as soon as this coming Tuesday, October 28! All the details can be found in that thread, but it seems pretty straightforward. It seems like Platinum members will be treated as Platinum members on the other airline as far as upgrades go, or at least very close to the equivalent status.
There are two things that really surprise me with the arguments people are making. First of all, some are arguing that a NW Plat should only be upgraded after a DL Silver, for example. That makes zero sense to me. These airlines are about to operate as one, and as far as the new airline is concerned, a Plat is a Plat, regardless of whether they haven’t given a dollar to Delta in the past, or on the NW side of things whether they qualified using the DL double EQM promo. It’s time to treat elites equal, and I think it makes perfect sense to prioritize a NW top elite over a DL mid-tier elite, for example, and vice versa.
Second of all, there are plenty of people acting as if they’ll never see an upgrade again. Now, I’m not the brightest guy in the world, but I simply can’t rationalize that argument. We have the same number of elites and the same two airlines, so on average everyone should come out even. Sure, maybe it’ll adversely affect upgrade chances for people with certain travel patterns, but for the most part everyone should come out even. As a NW Gold maybe you’ll be beat out by a DL Plat one day, but the next time you fly DL you might beat a DL Silver. It goes both ways.
Lastly, you really can’t beat the position NW Plats are in right now. They’ll get upgrades on CO, DL, and NW, along with a few upgrades for Alaska Airlines. That’s what I call options!
For those that haven’t status matched to NW yet, are you sure you don’t want to jump in on the fun? 😉