Some more thoughts on Delta Diamond status

Now that Delta has unveiled a few more details about their new top tier status, let’s summarize what you get for your 125,000 MQM’s or 140 segments per year with Delta: 125% mileage bonus (which Platinum members used to get) Free SkyClub…

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Filed Under: Delta, Northwest

Delta Diamond status details revealed!

Finally we have some real details about Delta’s fourth tier, which will be called Diamond status. According to The Salt Lake Tribune article, Diamond status will require 125,000 elite qualifying miles or 140 segments. What are the benefits? Well,…

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A few Northwest observations

I just got off a Northwest flight from Tampa to Detroit, and wanted to post some quick thoughts: I was on a DC9, which is one ancient bird. When I peaked into the cockpit I really thought I was in some aviation museum. All three flight attendants had…

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I had to turn down a bump!

This evening I was booked on a flight from Tampa to Detroit which looked rather full, but not overbooked. I made a post asking whether or not they might need volunteers, and the consensus was no. One reader that frequents the route even said I had a…

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The flights you should take domestically

As many of you may have guessed by the title, I’m talking about aircraft with longhaul configurations that fly domestically. They can be a great way to upgrade into a premium cabin, and best of all upgrades are often easier due to the large size…

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Filed Under: Advice, American

Yes Deltawest, I’d like some whine with my cheese

Both Delta and Northwest unveiled similar promotions on Friday, offering up to 5,000 or 10,000 bonus miles per roundtrip, with a maximum of ten bonuses. Unfortunately for me (and many, many others) the promotions are targeted, and I’m not one of…

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Filed Under: Delta, Free Miles/Points

I’m flying Delta BusinessElite to…..

…. Tel Aviv at the end of next month! This will be a long post, so let me say in advance that you’re not missing out if you stop reading here. OK, I warned you. Well, as many of you know, I matched to Northwest Platinum last year, and since…

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Filed Under: Awards, Delta

Northwest meal report

Since I had three meal flights this past weekend on Northwest, I wanted to quickly report back on what was offered. TPA-DTW was a breakfast flight, with the choice being between an omelet and cereal. In addition there was a choice between a bagel or…

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Why I feel bad for off-duty airline employees

Oops, I forgot to mention something about my outbound DTW to IAH flight, the same flight that had the extremely rude passenger. We pull up to the gate at IAH about 35 minutes early but there’s no one to “drive” the jetbridge. The captain…

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Filed Under: Northwest

Northwest 2009-2010 Welcome Kit

I just wanted to post a couple of pictures of the Northwest Platinum welcome kit I received this week for the 2009-2010 status year, to compare it to the one I received last year. The design of both the cards and luggage tags are different. Last year…

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Off to Houston tomorrow!

I’m looking forward to heading to Texas tomorrow, for more than one reason. First of all, it’s warm in Texas. Yes, that’s coming from a Floridian that had to wake up in 20 degree weather this morning. 70 degrees sounds so nice right…

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Filed Under: Continental, Northwest
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Northwest to Seattle, Part 4

Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four FlyerTalker oliver2002 gave me a lift to the airport (as he was on my flight as well), and we got there about 45 minutes before departure. Unfortunately that left no time to visit the lounge, which looked nice.…

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Filed Under: Airline Reviews, Airport Lounge Reviews
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Northwest to Seattle, Part 3

Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Upon deplaning I took the train to the main terminal and followed the sign towards the courtesy shuttles. It was a rather brisk evening, although I came from Florida where it was a cool 18F that morning (I kid you…

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Northwest to Seattle, Part 2

Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four I got to the airport at around 5PM, a bit earlier than usual since I was battling rush hour traffic and couldn’t afford to miss my flight. I printed out my boarding pass from one of the check-in machines,…

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Northwest to Seattle, Part 1

Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four This past weekend I flew to Seattle for an event I attended on Friday (more details to come), and decided to fly Northwest. Since I recently status matched to Northwest Platinum, I wanted to give Northwest a try…

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Filed Under: Northwest, Trip Reports

Just got back from Seattle….

My apologies for the lack of posts over the past couple of days. I just got back from Seattle after my first “real” trip on Northwest, which was interesting to say the least. I’ll hopefully have a full report up in the next couple of…

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Filed Under: Northwest, Travel

Comparing Bump Compensation Among US Legacy Carriers

One of the great joys of flying for many is being at a gate and hearing the gate agent make an announcement starting with “Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re oversold today, and looking for volunteers to take a later flight….” Overbooking…

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Filed Under: American, Continental

Northwest Platinum Welcome Kit

Last week I received my Northwest Platinum welcome kit in the mail, and I figured I’d share the contents. I’m a complete sucker for these kits, as I am for anything that the airlines send me, other than those pesky credit card offers. Anyway,…

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Filed Under: Northwest