Have you ever gotten an unwanted upgrade? Like discovering that after you installed Windows Vista that your printers stopped working; or when you arrived at the Sahara Dessert, they gave you a free umbrella? Well, Delta airlines is not just “painting the outside of the barn” anymore (to borrow a phrase from my grandfather), Delta is inside the NWA barn, tossing out the old farm implements and bringing in the new. If you’re a horse in one of these barns, you may be in some trouble.
Let’s say you’re a true horse for NWA. You’re a Platinum flying stallion, one of the most loyal members in the barn. One day, a farmer that you don’t recognize comes in and he tells you about this fabulous shiny new barn with golden feed troughs and oats and honey that flow from endless supplies. The only trouble is, you’ll have to stand outside in the rain for awhile before they get every thing ready.
Members of Northwest Airlines’ WorldPerks frequent-flier program will temporarily lose free elite upgrades on Alaska Airlines flights starting next month when Delta Air Lines merges WorldPerks into its SkyMiles system. Isn’t that terrific? You can use your elite status to upgrade to anywhere in the world, except for anywhere Alaska Airlines flies… If you live in
Wait, it gets worse. Among the other changes are these:
- Free upgrades on award tickets (those purchased with frequent flier miles) will be unavailable to current WorldPerks members until spring of 2010.
- The PerkChoice program, an option that allows Northwest members to use miles to pay for one half of a round-trip and cash for the others, will be discontinued. “Delta has a similar Pay-with-Miles, program. Currently, it’s only available to those with a Delta Skymiles credit card issued by American Express, although that could change in the future,” Skrbec said.
- WorldPerks members who have achieved elite status will be eligible to obtain unlimited free upgrades for traveling companions.
I don’t know about the rest of my fellow horses, but I miss the old barn.
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