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User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

I was just shocked to find that I earned NWA Silver Medallion from just a couple coach long-haul flights last year.

I am flying CO on Monday and gave them my NW ff# when I booked. Can I call to request a confirmed upgrade on CO? How does this work?

I also have a Deta Medallion silver. Would I have been better giving them this ff# or the NW ff#? They are both silver, so it should not make a difference, right?


Don't bring up the NW DC9's unless you have to!
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User currently offlineCALMSP From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3843 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1933 times:

NW works just like CO...complimentary upgrades.....however I do believe that DL is not like NW as of right now. Where are you flying?


okay, I'm waiting for the rich to spread the wealth around to me. Please mail your checks to my house.
User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1893 times:

Quoting CALMSP (reply 1):
Where are you flying?


EWR/SAN on a little -700. It has a tiny F class that is already full (can't even buy a full-fare F class), so I think the chance of an upgrade is small anyway!

How does CO know that I am medallion with NW?



Don't bring up the NW DC9's unless you have to!
User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

Silvers are not given upgrades automatic like Platinums. When you check in for your flight (which I encourage you to do so early) you can be put on the upgrade list. Upgrades will be worked in the following:

platinum
Golds
Silvers

Congrats on reaching Silver...and thank you for flying NWA!!!



THANK YOU FOR FLYING NORTHWEST AIRLINES, WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS!
User currently offlineCALMSP From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3843 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1867 times:

yeah on most of hte cross country flights you will most likely see first full of platinums ahead of time..if you check in at the kiosk it will automatically put you on the upgrade list and will even show it on the boarding pass.


okay, I'm waiting for the rich to spread the wealth around to me. Please mail your checks to my house.
User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2611 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1830 times:

CO and NW have retained their existing partnership that they had before joining SkyTeam. Upgrades are not yet a domestic benefit for SkyTeam Elite members.

It can happen under certain circumstances, specifically the overbooked Y situation. That has happened to me on CO and NW while I am DL Platinum Medallion / SkyTeam Elite Plus.

The in-place CO/NW partnership allows for reciprocal upgrades among elites, priority given to native carrier Plat/Gold/Silv then same hierarchy for CO OnePass Elite members IIRC. There simply are not enough F/C seats for domestic 'free' upgrades for all SkyTeam elite passengers.

For all you DL Elites - when is the last time you saw an empty F/C seat??



B4REAL, spelled like it sounds
User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

With my NW Medallion, I think I can call 24 hours and get a guaranteed upgrade *IF* space is available.

However, that does not seem correct; don't I actually have to show the card at the airport since their computer systems are not linked?



Don't bring up the NW DC9's unless you have to!
User currently offlineB727fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

I am Silver on CO & DL, but now trying to build my status further with CO. I consider myself one lucky flyer because in the past year, no matter how many connections I had with NW, it has always been upgraded to first class! I never even asked for them, it just happened! In fact. My last flight (EWR-DTW-SDF and back the same) back in Jan. I was upgraded! Like I said, I feel lucky! THANK YOU NWA!! Funny, I just flew CO back on Tuesday from LAX-EWR (752) and indeed requested an upgrade, but didn't get any! I will be flying to LEX next month, and if I fly NW, I wont be surprised to get a free upgrade!

User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1630 times:

if you are traveling on a YUP fare class you are not lucky, that is the program NW started several years ago that allows connecting passangers in hub airports to receive a complimentary upgrade. I took advantage of this many times last year when DL's B fare BNA-IAD was 784.50 (prior to Simplifares) and NW YUP was 724.50, I flew in first every week getting DL miles while other people on DL B fares could not touch an upgrade out of IAD on a Friday afternoon.

If you aren't on a full Y then you did get lucky  Smile


User currently offlineRamerinianAir From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

If you are flexible and you can make a earlier flight, an upgrade may be possible. If you fly standby for the 9am flight, it's a 738. The 738s have a larger F class. Good Luck!
SR



W N = my Worst Nightmare!!!!!
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