Effective April 24, Northwest Airlines will no longer offer the ability to standby for a same day flight for free.
They casually slipped this policy change into a press release touting a new $25 confirmed standby, which the other major carriers have had for a long time already.(Gotta’ love marketing…)
Confirmed standby allows you to change your flight, on the day of departure, to any other flight departing the same day for $25 if seats are available.
The only difference is that NWA will require you to pay $25, whereas AA, Continental, Delta, And United all allow you to standby for free for a same day flight if you dont want to pay $25 for confirmed standby.
Will the other major carriers match? We’ll have to wait and see…but I can’t imagine at least a couple not going along with NWA…