Northwest revises some changes

I got an email this morning from Northwest stating Platinum benefits for the year, and I’m happy to see they changed their minds on a couple of “enhancements.” Here are some of the highlights:

We’re working hard to bring together the frequent flyer programs of Northwest and Delta Air Lines®. As a part of this effort, we are aligning the WorldPerks and SkyMiles® programs with the goal of creating a single, best-in-class loyalty program for our combined members by the end of 2009.

Um, yeah, ok. I’ll have what he’s having.

Along with these benefits, we will modify the reissue and redeposit fee waiver for Platinum Elite members. Effective March 1, 2009, we will waive this fee for two different reservations per year and collect $50 for each additional award ticket change.

While it goes without saying that I’d prefer unlimited free changes, this seems like a compromise most of us could live with.

Also, the Platinum Elite mileage bonus will change from 125% of mileage flown to 100%.

 Too sad!

Bookings in Y, B, and M classes will earn a 50% mileage bonus which also counts towards Elite Qualification

It’s nice to see they reconsidered. It’s only logical.

You will be able to link and transfer your miles between your WorldPerks and SkyMiles accounts in early February

Nothing new there, but I’m excited! I’m finally starting to build up a decent stash of Northwest miles, and while they’re not worth a whole lot, they’re better than nothing.

Platinum Elites will now enjoy six new system-wide upgrades allowing upgrades on both domestic and international flights

I wish they were as exciting as they sound, but they’ll probably be open to only full fare or nearly full fare flights. Think in the range of $2,000 for flights to Europe, which is basically the same you’d pay for discounted business. No thanks.

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Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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