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    August 3, 2007

Northworst Airlines? DTW to LAS - Hubby & I are celebrating another blessed wedding anniversary with a return to Vegas from Sun., 12/9 to Wed., 12/12. We're driving up DTW and flying on Northwest, but are VERY concerned with the increasing flight cancellations. Some have said that it's the end of the month where one is in danger of such a cancellation, but I do not understand why dates would make a difference. Would someone "school" me on this, please?

Also, we still pricing our roundtrip tickets. We want to fly 1st class without paying the full fare upfront IF possible...and so far 1st class costs $670.31 (taxes included) per person. (We can't buy miles because I've only got 4,498).

Has anyone successfully experienced getting upgraded upon check-in, and if so, how much did it cost you?

posted by MrsPhoenix to business at 1:17 P.M. EST     (4 Comments)

Comments ...

MrsP...hubby gets upgraded regularly on NWA because he flies so much. Usually, upgrades on NWA are reserved first for their platinum or silver elite passengers who've bought a coach class ticket - and only when there are empty seats in first class...

Don't know how many of the first class seats will be sold on the Vegas flight, but he's never gotten an upgrade on that one...

As for cancellations, you can check the seat assignment chart to see how many seats are already taken - it's a good indication of the likelihood of cancellation as well as potential upgrades...

Good luck and enjoy!

posted by MaggieThurber at 01:48 P.M. EST on Fri Aug 03, 2007     #

Not sure of the exact numbers, but pilots are allowed to fly X hours per month, and that's it. So by the end of the month if they've already flown X hours, they can't fly again/flight gets canceled. Ticker starts again at a new month. Don't fly Northwest towards the end of the month.
posted by Bruno at 02:10 P.M. EST on Fri Aug 03, 2007     #

Bruno nailed it. The NW pilots bump up against the OT limits at the end of each month.

Just returned tonight (Friday) from trip out West with the family.

We had a scheduled flight into Denver non-stop from Detroit last Saturday (July 28). It got canceled. The previous day they canceled 100-some flights, we were told. We got put on an American Airlines flight to St. Louis, where we had to change planes to continue on to Denver, four hours later than NW flight was scheduled to arrive. Didn't ruin the day, but wasn't a great start to the vacation.

Return flight non-stop Phoenix to Detroit Friday went fine as scheduled (new month), but it was interesting over-hearing NW flight attendants talking to other passengers about their "40 per cent" pay-cut, and how the job just wasn't fun anymore.

The airline industry is a mess and NW is particularly bad. I would avoid them.

posted by McCaskey at 12:30 A.M. EST on Sun Aug 05, 2007     #

Just returned tonight (Friday) from trip out West with the family.

Been on vacation too long. Don't even know what day it is, LOL...

posted by McCaskey at 12:43 A.M. EST on Sun Aug 05, 2007     #

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