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Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel  
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

This year, I'm hardly ever on NW itself, only on Mesaba and Pinnacle, but will never the less re-up my Platinum status.

Anyone else get their elite status w/o stepping foot on the "mainline"?

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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1798 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
This year, I'm hardly ever on NW itself, only on Mesaba and Pinnacle, but will never the less re-up my Platinum status.

Wow, that's quite a bit of flying on the regionals and maintaining Platinum...at least on Mesaba you'd have the chance to upgrade on the Avros.

As for me, I'll probably fly about 8 revenue regionals (though I've flown another 5 on award tickets this year), with about 30 mainline flights...I do try to work my schedules so that I'm not stuck on regionals unless it's absolutely time-sensative (most of the time it isn't, so I can pick and choose the flights that have the best upgrade opportunities for me).

Jeff


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1795 times:

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 1):
Wow, that's quite a bit of flying on the regionals and maintaining Platinum...at least on Mesaba you'd have the chance to upgrade on the Avros

You're telling me...it's one or two round trips a week, DTW-CVG or DTW-LEX.

Sometimes I think this is harder then those who are doing mostly long hauls!


User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4761 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1785 times:

No, not me  Sad ... but a former classmate from my German class achieved Gold status with TA only by flying domestic (GUA-FRS). It was not the actual miles accrued, but the number of segments flown what made him reach this level; he had to fly weekly as part of his job.

Saludos  airplane 



Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
User currently offlineHB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4504 posts, RR: 71
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1785 times:

My partner has been a NW Plat for a couple of years without ever setting a foot on NW be that mainline or not-so-mainline. His Plat status dates back to the days when Asia residents flying KLM could only join NW WP. Even with the introduction of Flying Blue in Asia, he has decided to keep the NW Plat as he flies more than enough to maintain Plat status in both programs.

User currently offlineGoodmanr From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1749 times:

I fly a lot from NYC and elsewhere on the east coast to smaller towns in the mid-west and some mid-size cities like Cleveland and I'd say 80% of flying is on regional jets. I still have a good number of trans-con/atlantic trips but the majority of my flying is on regionals where having status is 100% worthless.


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User currently offlineDL4EVR From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1746 times:

Yup. I reached Silver Medallion status for 2006 on DL solely by flying on paid tickets on song.


We Love To Fly And It Shows.
User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 38
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1655 times:

Its a shame NW is getting rid of the Avros, I love those planes! I've never missed an Elite upgrade on a RJ-85 flight, plus they're pretty comfortable in back (pre-NW Silver Elite days). Nothing is worse than those Pinnacle CRJs that are popping up on routes like DFW-MSP... 2 hrs. 45 mins. of pure unadulterated hell. The worst part is that on that particular route, the CRJ is always booked full, or close to it. I could care less about taking a CRJ, although they still suck, on an hour long flight.

I'm hoping NW won't turn into DL or UA, where you'll routinely be jammed onto 2:00+ flights on CRJs. I wish NW went with the ERJs, at least those are relatively comfortable.



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User currently offlineGoodmanr From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1611 times:

Quoting JCS17 (Reply 7):
Nothing is worse than those Pinnacle CRJs that are popping up on routes like DFW-MSP... 2 hrs. 45 mins. of pure unadulterated hell.

ewr to msp on CO is sometimes regional, sure its an erj which i find more comfortable than a crj, but it's a long long flight, and add in taxi delays in EWR!!! i try to only take this when the time is much better than the NW flights or NW flight are booked...



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User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 38
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

Quoting Goodmanr (Reply 8):
ewr to msp on CO is sometimes regional, sure its an erj which i find more comfortable than a crj, but it's a long long flight, and add in taxi delays in EWR!!! i try to only take this when the time is much better than the NW flights or NW flight are booked...

Just as long as I can snag 1A on the CO-Ex ERJ, I'm very content. Otherwise, if I can grab an "A" seat, I'm moderately satisfied. Yep, CO throws ERJs on longer flights than DL, UA, or NW, but overall, it's a lot better experience than being stuck on CRJ for more than 2.5 hours. Besides that, CO will actually give you a free (and rather generous, compared to other airlines) snack on those flights, which is always appreciated.

I dislike NW with a passion, but they are the only airline that flies out of Grand Forks (with DC-9s two or three times a day...Elite upgrades are a lock out of here) which is a positive. My other option is driving an hour south to Fargo and taking UA (which I have Premier status on) or driving north to Winnipeg (where Star Silver status isn't recognized) and playing the ol' AC game... I've been stranded overnight at YYZ twice. Since getting Premier status on UA and Silver on NW, I've flown UA once. Something about those 1:45 flights on a CRJ to DEN or ORD are very unintriguing after you've done it several times.



America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7545 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1525 times:

Quoting JCS17 (Reply 9):
I dislike NW with a passion,

And the reason why behind that?



"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7591 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

I know of a couple of guys at my company who live in CLE who have Elite status on CO, but are on ERJ's 99% of the time. They never get upgrades, but even if there was mainline equipment, CO is very difficult to get comp upgrades on. NW is more generous than most carriers with the upgrades, but with everyone else you still get some of the softer benefits of status such as premium seating (A seats on the ERJ), elite security line, bonus miles, etc.

User currently offlineDL4EVR From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1473 times:

Quoting PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 11):
CO is very difficult to get comp upgrades on. NW is more generous than most carriers with the upgrades

Why is it so much more difficult? DL, NW & CO all have the same upgrade windows.



We Love To Fly And It Shows.
User currently offlineGoodmanr From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1465 times:

Quoting JCS17 (Reply 9):
Just as long as I can snag 1A on the CO-Ex ERJ, I'm very content. Otherwise, if I can grab an "A" seat, I'm moderately satisfied. Yep, CO throws ERJs on longer flights than DL, UA, or NW, but overall, it's a lot better experience than being stuck on CRJ for more than 2.5 hours. Besides that, CO will actually give you a free (and rather generous, compared to other airlines) snack on those flights, which is always appreciated.

Agreed. It's really tought to work on those planes. I have a very small laptop and still can't manage to really use it on an ERJ, but at least I'm not in someones lap CRJ style so long as I get an A seat. The other thing I've noticed is on the longer flights, I try to avoid the exit row as the seat padding is much less there.



USAirways - Chairmans Gold
User currently offlineFCYTravis From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1191 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1419 times:

Quoting DL4EVR (Reply 12):
Why is it so much more difficult? DL, NW & CO all have the same upgrade windows.

Because CO sells more First Class seats than just about any other carrier, with rationalized F-cabin fares. Consequently, the number of seats available for comp upgrades is extremely limited.



USAir A321 service now departing for SFO with fuel stops in CAK, COS and RNO. Enjoy your flight.
User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 38
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1410 times:

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 10):

And the reason why behind that?

My biggest beef is that the outstation staff is surly, at best (GFK is a nice exception to the rule, they are always great).

The meals and snacks in First are generally poor, and service in coach is bad.

Elite status means absolutely nothing when you're stranded in a city due to a delay or cancellation.

WorldPerks upgrades to Biz to overseas destinations are redeemable just about never.

Go Sioux!



America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
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