This report falls under the historical category since NWA no longer exists. For a couple of years in the early 2000's, I used to be a Silver Elite member of NW's Worldperks program. Back then the airline had an agreement with CO and elites at both carriers used to be able to get upgraded for free. NW's membership in Skyteam also provided me the opportunity to sample AF's product several times. Ever since I was a kid I was always mesmerized by AF's product and promised myself that one day I would fly with them. At the same time, I also was a member of AF Frequence Plus program and slowly switched my earnings in Skyteam to AF when NW decided to merge with DL. I used miles from my AF account to redeem for this flight.
I was happy being a lowly Silver with them. Upgrades cleared most of the time and my success rate was about 85-90%. At the time there were not a lot of websites dedicated to travel reports and reviews, and savvy travelers consisted of a very small group of people. My sister was Platinum with NW which was the highest level and her benefits were not that different from mine, so there was not an incentive for me to achieve a higher status.
This is a vague report because I did not take notes of this particular trip and never posted a report on it. However, when I went through my picture database, I came across some images that I took from this trip and decided to share them with this community. My trip was booked as SFO-DTW-BOS by AF. Checked in was accomplished through the self service kiosk and soon I made my way to the gate.
I remember boarding on time and being asked by a couple if I wanted to switch from 2C to 1B so that they can sit together. I changed my seat and after the door closed and the plane was taxiing to the runway, it made a stop and returned to the gate. The captain informed us that there was a mechanical issue with the ventilation and advised that maintenance will come onboard to fix it. We finally left about 1 hr. later and unfortunately I missed my last connecting flight to BOS.
View from seat 1B
Hot towels were passed and the lunch service began. The cheerful purser took beverage orders and a basket with butter flavored pretzels and mixed nuts were passed.
Lunch consisted of a warm turkey sandwich with melted cheese, a side salad, potato crisps and a packaged chocolate peppermint brownie. There was no choice and this seemed like a major downgrade in their meal service.
I remember that later during the flight I decided to purchase a snack box since I was not too satisfied with the sandwich. The box had a nice assortment of product and included a souvenir card.
The flight was uneventful and we finally arrived in DTW. As expected, there was a huge line of passengers trying to get rebooked and most people were accommodated at a nearby hotel. There was a Westin property inside the terminal and the nice FA told me to request that hotel since I was flying in F. Unfortunately I was sent to the same hotel that everybody went and couldn't enjoy the Westin.
San Francisco - SFO
Detroit - DTW
This was one of my last flights with NW and I really felt disappointed with the cutbacks in catering. It seemed ridiculous that a meal service in F did not offer a choice. The service was great with the purser being one of the nicest ones that I have met with this carrier. During most of the time that I flew NW, FA's ranged from indifferent to adequate, but very few were truly great. It is surprising that in the end I encountered really great ones on my last few flights with this carrier.
The late inbound made me lose my connection, but I took it as an opportunity to experience one last time DTW as a NW hub with all the planes and signs still displaying NW prominently. The following day with camera in hand I took a tour of the terminal and snapped a few pictures for posterity. Stay tuned for the DTW-BOS part with lots of NW memories.
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