Not real new, they have been doing this at least for most of this year. If you signed up to recieve emails from them regarding upgrades then you got this too. However, I do believe they started doing this for non-elites when they switched over their online reservation system in September. Just what I remember. I know I can go back into my emails and check to see when I got my first one.
Just so you all can see what comes in the email, I am posting the one I recieved for my trip from MSP-MSY tomorrow.
Here it is
Dear Mr. Rau,
Thank you for choosing Northwest Airlines for your travel needs. To assist you in preparing for your trip, we are pleased to provide you with some helpful links and information. Your confirmation number for your upcoming trip to New Orleans, LA on November 15 is XXXXXX. For details about your flight schedule, visit http://www.nwa.com/travel/itinerary or review your Trip Summary Receipt.
1) Flight Status Notification
2) Self-Service Check-In
3) Airport Information
4) WorldClubs Locations
6) Destination Information
Stay informed of your flight arrival, departure time and gate information. Check your flight and gate status at http://webx25.nwa.com/travel/flifo or, register for Flight Status Notification to have an email sent to your alphanumeric pager, PCS phone or email inbox with the status of your flights at http://webx25.nwa.com/cgi-bin/pager.pro
Northwest Airlines is pleased to offer our E-Ticket passengers two easy ways to check in for a flight:
* Check in for your flight now with nwa.com Check-In at https://webx25.nwa.com/cki-bin/cki.pro?loadactivatetrans. Print your boarding pass from your home or office between 90 minutes and 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure.
* Check in at Northwest Airlines E-Service Centers available in most airports. For a map of E-Service Center locations, visit http://www.nwa.com/services/electrav/cities.shtml
You should arrive at the airport 75 minutes prior to departure for your trip to New Orleans, LA.
Before leaving for the airport, please be sure to check the latest carry-on and checked luggage policies at http://www.nwa.com/services/shipping/cargo/luggage/faq.shtml#dome. Also the latest Airport Procedures are available at http://www.nwa.com/features/update_airport.shtml
******** UPON YOUR ARRIVAL
Trying to decide what to pack?
Weather for New Orleans-Moisant Int'l, LA (MSY)
Partly sunny; nice
High: 73 F Low: 57 F
A few t-showers
High: 71 F Low: 50 F
Partly sunny; cool
High: 57 F Low: 41 F
High: 57 F Low: 45 F
High: 64 F Low: 50 F
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Wondering what to do or where to eat while visiting New Orleans, LA? Northwest has teamed up with Frommer's Travel Guides to give you expert guidance and all the practical details you need to make the most of your travel experience in New Orleans, LA. Visit http://www.nwa.com/travel/world/frommers/new_orleans/ for details.
To get detailed driving directions or locate a specific point of interest for your trip to New Orleans, LA, visit http://www.mapquest.com
Purchase a WorldClubs(R) membership and maximize your comfort and productivity while you travel. It's the ideal setting to prepare your next presentation or to simply relax and recharge. Several membership types are available for purchase. If you are not already a member, stop by a WorldClubs location on your next journey and join. Please visit http://www.nwa.com/services/bustrav/worldclubs/locat.shtml for a listing of WorldClubs locations or to purchase a membership before you go.
Mr. Rau, we look forward to welcoming you on your upcoming trip to New Orleans, LA. Enjoy your travels!
Thank you for flying Northwest Airlines.
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