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NotiFlyer :: Late-Breaking News
Late-Breaking Program News Northwest WorldPerks Changes
(Posted: Jan 2, 2009)

Northwest WorldPerks and Delta SkyMiles are continuing the gradual process of combining their two programs and Northwest recently announced some policy changes coming to the WorldPerks program that will put the program in closer alignment with Delta SkyMiles.

As of Jan. 1, 2009, elite members will be able to reach elite status with Elite Qualifying Segments (EQS), in addition to Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM). Members flying 100 EQS (or 75,000 EQMs) will receive Platinum Elite status. Gold status will be achieved with 60 EQS (or 50,000 EQMs) and Silver with 30 EQS (or 25,000 EQMs). WorldPerks and SkyMiles members will be able to transfer miles between their two accounts in February 2009 but they won't be able to pool EQMs at this time. Elite qualifying miles will automatically be combined when the two programs complete their integration into a single program in late 2009.

Effective Jan. 15, the Saturday-night stay requirement will be removed from award tickets and the award reissue and redeposit fees will be raised from $50 to $100.

WorldPerks will also add a new award ticket redemption fee on Jan. 15 for award tickets booked within 21 days of travel. The fee for booking an award eight to 20 days prior to travel is now $75, four to seven days prior to travel is $100 and booking an award flight three days or less prior to departure will require a hefty $150 fee. Platinum elite members are exempt from close-in ticketing fees.

Although most airlines charge a fee for booking an award close to the day of travel, they also tend to open up more award seats and release inventory close to the departure date. In some cases, award seats might be "sold out" a month before the flight and then a search may show available awards a week or two prior to departure. Booking these seats with WorldPerks will now cost $75 to $150, which seems unfair considering some seats aren't even available during the free booking window.

Keep in mind that Northwest WorldPerks will be transitioning to the three-tier award structure developed by Delta on Jan. 15, 2009. Many award levels will be increasing with the new award chart so be sure to book any awards that will become more expensive before the changes go into effect.

LINK: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/northwest-worldperks/905197-1-2-09-nw-e-mail-transfer-miles-nw-dl-new-award-fees-sat-night-stay-elim-etc.html



Previous comments:

Jim Farrington
posted: Jan 17, 2009 at 7:25am (MT)

I was SHOCKED today when I went online and found out that NW had raised the "miles" needed to book an award flight on it's Mexican partner Aeromexico (for flights TOTALLY within Mexico) from 10,000 miles one way to 17,500 miles one way !! This is outrageous...a 75% increase...
You did not mention this change in your article.

ANY Comments??




Jim Farrington
posted: Jan 17, 2009 at 7:39am (MT)

I was SHOCKED today when I went online and found out that NW had raised the "miles" needed to book an award flight on it's Mexican partner Aeromexico (for flights TOTALLY within Mexico) from 10,000 miles one way to 17,500 miles one way !! This is outrageous...a 75% increase...
You did not mention this change in your article.

ANY Comments??





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