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Alaska Now Requires 72 Hour Advance Booking for Some Mileage Tickets

Alaska Now Requires 72 Hour Advance Booking for Some Mileage Tickets
Caroline Lupini

Alaska has just implemented a new rule, and it’s not a good one for us.

You now need to book certain partner awards at least 72 hours in advance. This rule applies to Cathay Pacific, Hainan, and Japan Airlines, as of now. Additionally, changes will not be allowed to be made within that 72 hour period.

What’s really unfortunate about this new rule is that both Japan Airlines and especially Cathay Pacific have been known to release award availability for unbooked seats in the last few days before departure. It is no longer going to be possible to book any award seats that are released within 72 hours of departure with Alaska Airlines miles. Alaska Airlines miles have previously represented the cheapest and best way to book make of these flights. Now, they’re still the cheapest, but no longer necessarily the best.

The official reason behind this change is that it is helping to prevent fraud and people buying and selling miles for booking these often high-value tickets.

This isn’t the biggest no-notice change that Alaska Airlines has made within recent memory, but it’s still a small blow to the program.

Are you annoyed about Alaska’s new rule?

View Comments (2)


  1. JHIN

    February 14, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    DUMB DUMB DUMB!!!!! There are other ways to fight fraud so fess up Alaska whats tye real reason? Im betting its money! Devalue your program and you will see an exodus of mileage members. Afterall your the last possible program thats supposed to have integrity.

  2. Bretteee

    February 17, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Cathay Business tickets using Avios cost me 105,000 miles one way compared to 60,000 on Alaska. Avios is such a bad program I decided to use my Avios miles as I wanted to use them up.

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