Northwest Unveils New Options And Telecommunications Partners

Northwest Airlines today announced changes to the telecommunications component of its WorldPerks Free Travel Program that provide members with new ways to earn miles and offer members an even wider variety of telecommunications service providers from which to choose.

“Northwest’s WorldPerks program continues to make it easy for our members to earn travel without ever having to leave the ground,” said Beth Shultis, vice president of Marketing Programs. “Our new family of telecommunications partners provide consumers with a wider array of choices both in terms of partners, and in the number of innovative ways to earn thousands of miles in the WorldPerks program.”
New partners and first time-offered options for earning WorldPerks miles announced today include:

- MCI Local and Long-Distance phone service. For the first time, WorldPerks members are able to earn miles for their local telephone service as well as long-distance calls through Northwest’s partnership with MCI. Effective immediately, WorldPerks members can earn five miles for every dollar spent, plus an enrollment bonus of 2,000 miles, increased to 3,000 miles if sign-up is performed online at Customers can also enroll by calling 1-800-356-1621 in the U.S.
- Nextel wireless telephone service and rental. In another first, WorldPerks members can earn miles for renting wireless phones for use when traveling internationally through Nextel’s WorldWide rental program, as Nextel becomes Northwest’s new wireless partner. WorldPerks members earn 2,000 miles for each international phone rental. Members of WorldPerks can also earn 5,000 miles for a combination of the purchase of any Nextel phone and one-year telephone service plan. To enroll, WorldPerks members may call 1-888-783-5166 or visit
- New cable, satellite and DSL Internet service choices through Earthlink. WorldPerks’ existing partnership with Earthlink will be expanded from its dial-up service to include its Internet access via cable, satellite and DSL, its first WorldPerks offering for users of these services. WorldPerks members will be awarded 5,000 miles for choosing any of these products. Enrollment is available toll-free to WorldPerks members at 1-888-EARTHLINK, extension 60222, or via the Internet at

From May 1, 2002, through July 31, 2002, WorldPerks members can earn an additional 10,000-mile bonus by registering for the “Fly Free Faster” promotion and then completing one of several qualifying activities with a WorldPerks partner, and earning five Northwest partner “credits.” Enrollment with some of WorldPerks’ new telecommunications partners count as one qualifying activity. Once a qualifying activity has been completed and five partner credits have been accrued, the WorldPerks member is awarded 10,000 bonus miles in their account.

Fly Free Faster partner credits can also be earned by staying at a partner hotel, renting a car from a WorldPerks partner, making a purchase at the WorldPerks Mall, or completing certain transactions with Northwest’s financial service or retail partners.


WorldPerks enrollment is required and an application can be completed online within minutes at Advance registration in the Fly Free Faster promotion is required for qualifying activities to be counted, and other terms and conditions apply. Registration and additional information on the Fly Free Faster promotion, including a complete list of qualifying WorldPerks partner activities, is available at

Northwest’s WorldPerks Free Travel Program has more than 22 million members worldwide. WorldPerks members are not subject to blackout dates when traveling on frequent flier awards. Elite status in WorldPerks is awarded after flying 25,000 miles in a calendar year and provides members with complimentary unlimited upgrades to First Class, early flight boarding privileges, discount memberships in Northwest’s WorldClub airport lounges and more.

Northwest Airlines is the world`s fourth largest airline with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam and more than 1,400 daily departures. With its travel partners, Northwest serves nearly 750 cities in almost 120 countries on six continents.

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