Kjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 976 posts, RR: 6 Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2380 times:
I will be going to HNL this winter over New Years for 2 weeks. My outbound flight is the DC-10 non-stop from MSP. I am thinking about cashing in my miles to get an upgrade. Does anyone think it is worth 15,000 miles for an upgrade? If I use miles to upgrade, do I still get miles for the flights that I took? What is the service like in World Business Class on flights to HNL. I have only taken NW to HNL from LAX and it was in coach. Any help and advice is greatly appreciated.
Ktachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1859 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2341 times:
You will still get miles for the distance that you are flying!!! I am not sure though. How many hours of a flight is it? Personally, I would prefer upgrading on a route that is flown on a A330. They have really good IFEs. But again, traveling on a DC-10 is good experience considering that they are going to be gone in the near future (I think unless NW changes its mind)
Aa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2327 times:
You will earn your regular miles from MSP-HNL. You should call NW to find out if you will earn more miles since your flying Biz/1st. I would try and get off that Dc-10, old school PTV and IFE. The NW A330 is much nicer and you could still upgrade.
Baw716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2051 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2287 times:
Just a thought: Check with NW and see what variant of the DC-10 they use. If they are using the DC-10-40 (domestic a/c), then you will get a domestic first class seat and domestic meal service.
If you get a DC-10-30, then you get the WBC seat, with the domestic meal. The upside is the WBC seat is a 50-55 inch pitch with a leg rest.
Either way, MSP to HNL is about 8 hrs, so no matter how you slice it, 17,500 (35K round trip), is a no brainer for an upgrade. Besides, you will get about 8000 miles back, so the net cost should be about 27K miles. Just take care what type airfare they ask for the upgrade. Some carriers are adjusting their mileage requirements and uping the fare levels required for upgrade.
If you like your back, do the upgrade.
David L. Lamb, fmr Area Mgr Alitalia SFO 1998-2002, fmr Regional Analyst SFO-UAL 1992-1998
Cessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2184 times:
I tried to use some miles to upgrade on a NW flight from Honolulu to Seattle. However the gate agent told me that those upgrades are restricted to people who live in Hawaii. I couldn't believe it. Is this true?
Kjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 976 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2091 times:
Thanks for all of your help. I called the WorldPerks desk and they said that first class on my flight is sold out so unfortunately I cannot upgrade. But with my fare class it would have been only 15k. I guess I will just have to save those miles for another time. Thanks again.
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2025 times:
You should call NW to find out if you will earn more miles since your flying Biz/1st.
Just a note for the future that you only get credited for miles for the class of service for which you booked. So if you booked in economy yet use miles to upgrade to Biz, you get credit for Economy miles (usually 100%), not Business.
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!