dtwclipper
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Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Sun Jul 09, 2006 4:29 am

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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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Sun Jul 09, 2006 4:41 am

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).

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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Sun Jul 09, 2006 4:44 am

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!
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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Sun Jul 09, 2006 4:46 am

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.

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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Sun Jul 09, 2006 4:47 am

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.
 
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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:27 am

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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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:31 am

Yup. I reached Silver Medallion status for 2006 on DL solely by flying on paid tickets on song.
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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Sun Jul 09, 2006 1:05 pm

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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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Sun Jul 09, 2006 3:41 pm

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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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Sun Jul 09, 2006 4:22 pm

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.
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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Sun Jul 09, 2006 11:11 pm

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

And the reason why behind that?
 
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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Sun Jul 09, 2006 11:39 pm

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.
 
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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:16 am

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.
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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:22 am

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.
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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:39 am

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.
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RE: Elite Status W/o Mainline Travel

Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:46 am

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.

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