Thinking of jumping from NW

 
Old Nov 11, 04, 8:41 am
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Thinking of jumping from NW

Hey All,

I'm a low level frequent flyer in the LA area. I've been with NW Worldperks and their associated partners for several years, and I'll barely squeak out my first year as Silver (lowest tier). My company just announced that we have a corporate travel agreement with AA that is good for 10% off any fare before taxes. This discount also applies to personal travel. Most of my travel is deeply discounted APEX fares to the upper Midwest and east coast, so I suppose I would have to get used to paying more. What's the upgrade situation like over at AA? How's MRTC? So far, NW has managed to avoid pissing off low yield FF's by awarding 100% eqm on all flights. What factors should I look at when deciding to move over or stay put? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old Nov 11, 04, 10:30 am
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Well, I'd say it depends on your travel patterns. Take a look at AA's services out of STL and ORD for your Midwest travels. To the east coast, I'm sure you can probably get to where you need to go through DFW as well. AA is a little week for travel up and down the east coast IMHO. But I think they'd serve you quite well traveling to the east coast from LA.

AA has managed to avoid reducing the valuae of elite qualifying miles so far as well. Take a look here for AA's elite qualifying requirements.
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Old Nov 11, 04, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by DHAST
Hey All,

I'm a low level frequent flyer in the LA area. I've been with NW Worldperks and their associated partners for several years, and I'll barely squeak out my first year as Silver (lowest tier). My company just announced that we have a corporate travel agreement with AA that is good for 10% off any fare before taxes. This discount also applies to personal travel. Most of my travel is deeply discounted APEX fares to the upper Midwest and east coast, so I suppose I would have to get used to paying more. What's the upgrade situation like over at AA? How's MRTC? So far, NW has managed to avoid pissing off low yield FF's by awarding 100% eqm on all flights. What factors should I look at when deciding to move over or stay put? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
My opinion is that as a very low tier, you're much better off with NW. I'm Gold with NW this year, will be either Gold or Platinum next year. I'm Plat with AA now and will be EXP next year. I maintain my NW status for domestic travel and do AA internationally because of the OneWorld alliance. NW has better upgrade possibilities (for the most part) for low-tier domestic travel, IMO. Until the recent change (charge for international upgrades), AA had better international upgrade options. Actually, availability on AA is still probably better than NW for international upgrades.

As the #2 post said, look at your travel plans and see who suits you better.
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Old Nov 11, 04, 1:20 pm
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As a PLT, getting upgrades on busier LAX-ORD flights (1891, 1740) were tight, but manageable. I'm not sure what it'll be like with the S80s running those routes, but F will continue to 16 seats. It can be tight on LAX-JFK, but depends a lot on the flow of entertainment industry traffic.

As for MRTC, there's a huge thread on it right now - it'll be more like L(ittle)B(it)MRTC, if that, after the re-conversions are done.

And so far, you still earn full EQMs regardless of fare.
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