I realize that you’re probably more interested in hearing about my experience on Continental this morning than anything else I could write about, but I’m going to wait until I get back home to write a report of that, since I took over a dozen pictures and some might be surprised by my experience. I also had a chance to go and check out the wreckage of US1549 this morning (well, sort of), and will provide an update on that tomorrow (hopefully).
Anyway, next Thursday evening I’m flying TPA-MSP-SEA on Northwest, and my upgrade window was today as a Platinum Elite. On the plus side my upgrades cleared for both flights a little over five days before departure, but I was shocked by how many Platinum members Northwest seems to have. Now, I realize I’m flying during peak travel times on a Thursday evening, but the A320 from TPA to MSP went from having 2/16 of the F seats occupied to having 12/16 of the F seats occupied. That logical conclusion there seems to be that there were 10 Platinum members that got upgraded. My MSP to SEA flight, which is a B757-300, went from having 3/24 of the F seats occupied to having 17/24 F seats occupied, which means there were 14 Platinum members.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m by no means complaining as my upgrade did clear, but that’s a lot of top tier elites!