High gasoline prices have brought in a new type of luxury to me - first class air travel. Additionally, I guess all those flights out of detroit and sticking to Northwest through the years are finally paying off for me.
I have been an elite member in Northwest for the last two years and I realized that I have been flying first class (free upgrades) more often now. My explanation for this is that as airfares are increasing due to higher gasoline prices, firms are cutting down on discretionary business travel. As a result, "have-to-fly" economy folks like me with elite status are getting frequent upgrades to first class. I cannot say if my theory is perfect, but honestly, I don't care.
Keep 'em scotches coming.