Delta, Northwest frequent flyers can now link accounts

Delta and its Northwest Airlines subsidiary have taken another step toward linking their frequent flyer programs: Delta said that customers who belong to both its SkyMiles plan and Northwest’s WorldPerks program can now link their accounts, transferring any amount of miles from one to the other without limits.

“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,” a spokesman said. The transferred miles can be used for any kind of award redemption in either program, including free flights, upgrades, merchandise and more. Previously, Delta said that members of either program can earn elite status by combining their flight segment count on both Northwest and Delta; and that they can get free first class upgrades on both carriers.

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