Following on from Delta and Northwest’s merger the new merged Company has announced an aligned Frequent Flyer Award structure, the full media release is below:
Dec. 4, 2008 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) has announced elite and reward
changes to both the Delta SkyMiles® and Northwest WorldPerks® programs to
better align member benefits.
2009, the programs will offer segment qualification, currently a WorldPerks
benefit, to allow members to reach elite status by flying a designated number
of flight segments on either Delta or Northwest operated flights.
SkyMiles and WorldPerks members will continue to earn a minimum of 500 Elite
Qualifying Miles and base miles per flight, making Delta the only major airline
to maintain this minimum for all customers.
merger with Northwest creates a unique opportunity to build the world’s premier
loyalty program for our customers, including providing access to more frequent
flyer destinations around the world and adding new benefits,” said Jeff
Robertson, Delta’s vice president of Loyalty Programs. “Delta’s 2009 loyalty
programs will distinguish themselves from the industry with the return of
segment qualification for Delta SkyMiles members, the availability of
complimentary upgrades on both airlines for SkyMiles and WorldPerks members,
and valuable Elite Threshold Rewards.”
requirements for Elite status in 2009 will be as follows:
2009 Qualification Requirements
25,000 Elite Qualifying Miles or 30
50,000 Elite Qualifying Miles or 60
75,000 Elite Qualifying Miles or 100
enables members to receive additional program benefits, including complimentary
upgrades, mileage bonuses, priority boarding and preferred seating.
WorldPerks elite members now have the ability to receive complimentary upgrades
on both airlines. Complimentary upgrades are subject to availability and
offered on most Delta and Northwest flights within or between the 48 contiguous
United States, Alaska, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico
and northern South America.
members will qualify for Medallion® Threshold Rewards when they surpass
Platinum Medallion status. As members reach designated thresholds (to be
published in early 2009), they will earn additional bonus miles and/or other
exclusive benefits or gifts. Northwest WorldPerks members will continue to
enjoy similar Elite Extra Perks program benefits when they surpass the Platinum
In an effort to closely align the two loyalty programs’ benefits, Northwest
WorldPerks will introduce three-tiered award availability and SkyMiles and
WorldPerks members will have the ability to transfer miles between their
respective accounts in early 2009.
Delta plans to merge both
programs to create the world’s premier loyalty program in late 2009.