Delta Airlines and Northwest have
announced an increased alignment of their frequent flyer programs by giving its
member the option to link frequent flyer accounts and perform unlimited
transfers between programs with no cost.
The media release from Delta
Airlines can be read below:
Delta Air Lines today
announced that Delta SkyMiles® and Northwest WorldPerks® members
now have the ability to link frequent flyer accounts and transfer miles between
both accounts at no charge. Members who link their accounts before March
15, 2009 will earn 500 bonus miles.
This new feature allows members
who have SkyMiles and WorldPerks accounts to visit delta.com or nwa.com, link
their accounts and transfer any amount of miles into either account on an
unlimited basis. Both accounts will remain open and functioning until late 2009
when Delta plans to merge the two programs to deliver one best-in-class loyalty
program for members in 2010.
“The mileage-transfer feature enables our frequent flyer members
to immediately enjoy both SkyMiles and WorldPerks redemption opportunities, including
Award Tickets, upgrades, merchandise and experiences. We encourage them to link
their accounts today,” said Jeff Robertson,
Delta’s vice president of Loyalty Programs. “This marks yet another step toward aligning the two programs and
offering more value to our combined members.”
The programs also recently
announced that members may earn elite status by flying a designated number of
flight segments on either Delta- or Northwest-operated
flights. Additionally, SkyMiles and WorldPerks elite members continue to
be eligible for complimentary First Class upgrades on both airlines’ flights.